St Augustine Trip Report and pix

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Richie89, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    Wife and I had a perfect trip from St Simons Island, GA down to St. Augustine FL. We left out on an unusually calm morning.
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  2. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    We decided to head out the St Simons Sound and travel offshore to the St John's inlet and then travel in the ICW to St Augustine. The seas were super calm with 1-2 waves and 5 know winds.
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  3. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
  4. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the St John's inlet. From there we travelled inside. Jax down is really easy in the ICW with very few low wake zones and great scenery.
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  5. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    I'll post more later.
     
  6. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Merc 8.1L's V-Drives
    Looks great!!
     
  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Richie, thanks for posting the story and pics. Now that you've owned your Venture for a bit, how does it compare to your 290 in terms of handling, low speed maneuvering, quiet at planning speeds, etc.

    Looking forward to the rest of the story and your comparisons of the boats. Oh, and more photos.
     
  8. WDCboater

    WDCboater Member

    959
    Oct 3, 2010
    Washington, DC
    2010 350 Sundancer
    Raymarine c95 GPS
    KVH Satellite
    Twin Mercury 8.1 Horizon V-Drives
    Great photos.

    Question: How did you secure your bikes to the swim platform and did they cause any problems?
     
  9. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    Gofirstclass, comparison - the Venture runs offshore like a sport fish. On our last trip in our 290, we are below Miami in rough water. A 40ish foot sport fish boat came cursing by us like he was in a lake while we were suffering. It was then I knew I had the wrong boat. This boat handles rough seas awesome. for us, it is there perfect compromise. It is very comfortable for 2, but runs around like a much smaller boat. I love the outboards! Now that I know how this boat reacts and have gotten used to it, docking and slow speed maneuverability is very good. Not like Bravo III's, but very stable. The dock hand at St Augustine Municipal Marina mentioned to me how graceful and easy I was able to bring it in, and that marina has some tricky currents. When using the twin screws for docking, idle is nothing and that was a big adjustment. Once i got over the need to use RPM's when docking, it is very controllable. As far as quiet, it's almost too quiet. with those pockets the engines are in, i have to use the gauges to make sure it's running. once, i accidentally forgot to turn it off at a fuel dock. my cruising speed offshore is 30mph. for a cruiser, i think that's really good.
     
  10. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
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    WDC, I mounted 'gutter mount' mounts on the swim platform that are usually used to mount bike racks on a truck bed shell, then secured a roof rack with bicycle mounts on those. it works great, even bouncing offshore.
     
  11. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
  12. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Did you go to the Alligator Farm? Just a couple mile bike ride across the Bridge of Lions. I recognize that slip. Its the exact same one they put me in on my trip there.
     
  13. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    One of our favorite restaurants was a place called Beaches on Vilano Beach where you could eat on the sand. It was a bike ride across the bridge from the marina
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  14. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    ZZ13, we road by in on the way to the beach, but didn't go in. guess we should have. it was a good slip!
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  15. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
  16. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    I was the one who had to change course, to my surprise.
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  17. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    On the way home, we again had great conditions. 3 plus swells from St Aug to Jax, but even those were spaced far apart. from Jax north, 1-2 foot. And because the Venture is so awesome, we blasted the whole way from St. Augustine to St Simons in just 3.5 hours! Then just as we were coming in the channel for home, the Coast Guard decided I was making too good of time, and decided to board. about a half hour later, I got my gold copy :)
    We had a great short trip and upon learning we can jet down there in just 3-4 hours means we will be running down there regularly. It's kinda a quirky little town down there that in places has an almost Key West feel. Wife loved it. Boat handled everything great.
     
  18. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    675
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    Make it down to Canaveral next time boss and come see us !

    Capt. Rusty
     
  19. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    Richie and Crew - thanks for the pics and the trip. I really enjoyed it. I have a good friend who moved to St. Augustine last Feb. I may go see him by boat after reading this thread and seeing the marina. Thanks again. Nice boat.
     
  20. Richie89

    Richie89 Member

    507
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    Roger that Captain Rusty! Would love to meet you one of these days!
    And 270, you should definitely make the trip. I bought my current boat in Shadyside, Maryland, so I've made the entire trip from the Chesapeake Bay south. Much respect to you northern boaters, but I do not plan to venture back up above SC :)
     

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