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Roy

RO# 114

Posted - Mar 11 2018 :  14:16:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there a reasonably convenient way of finding a buddy boat for a gulf stream crossing to the Bahamas? Perhaps some sort of on line site?

Thanks..........Roy
"Livin' life in the laid back lane" - Sunny Jim

Homeport: Sarasota FL

PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Mar 11 2018 :  20:45:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Too be perfectly honest I ve never quite understood the concept of a buddy boat. If you re not sure your boat can make it then don't go. If you go make sure you the basic spare and safety equipment

If you end up having a problem a buddy boat won't be able to do much unless you have a good tow line and conditions are calm enough. Towing a boat in open waters is not an easy job... I ve done it. Even just stopping to assist can be dangerous because of rolling motion when th proverbial you know what hit the fan

Prepare, pick the right weather window, have the right gear and enjoy


Pascal
1970 Hatteras 53 MY
26' Starfish sloop
12' Westphal Catboat
16' Hobie Cat
13' Sandbarhopper

Edited by - PascalG on Mar 11 2018 20:46:54

Homeport: Miami, FL Go to Top of Page

Roy

RO# 114

Posted - Mar 11 2018 :  21:34:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well if you hit something, the boat sinks and you're bobbing in the water with your PFD. Even if you've activated your EPIRB, it's nice to have someone a few minutes away to come get you.

"Livin' life in the laid back lane" - Sunny Jim

Homeport: Sarasota FL Go to Top of Page

JimPend

RO# 5022



Posted - Mar 11 2018 :  21:53:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pascal, I think Roy is right, never a bad idea to have help around.





Jim P.

Edited by - JimPend on Mar 11 2018 21:55:46

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mdoherty

RO# 12220



Posted - Mar 12 2018 :  00:35:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PascalG

Too be perfectly honest I ve never quite understood the concept of a buddy boat.


This from a guy who's small boat is a 53 footer and normally runs 70 ft :)


Mike

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32carv

RO# 24150



Posted - Mar 12 2018 :  07:32:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Makes sense to me. If having someone with you makes you feel more comfortable, why not?
Jim



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PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Mar 12 2018 :  07:46:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doesnt matter the size.... hit something and you will sink. Avtually a smaller biat with outboards or even stern drive has better chanve of surviving an impact vs rippimg out a 3" shaft

My poiint was that while a buddy boat can be nice, it s no replacement for maintenance , spares and prep.


Pascal
1970 Hatteras 53 MY
26' Starfish sloop
12' Westphal Catboat
16' Hobie Cat
13' Sandbarhopper

Homeport: Miami, FL Go to Top of Page

Roy

RO# 114

Posted - Mar 12 2018 :  16:12:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My thanks to all for that discussion, but now back to the original question. Anybody know an easy way of finding a buddy boat?

Thanks....Roy



"Livin' life in the laid back lane" - Sunny Jim

Homeport: Sarasota FL Go to Top of Page

PascalG

RO# 12212



Posted - Mar 12 2018 :  19:44:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You could try the active captain facebook page or the bahamas cruising FB page.

The THT forum may also have enough traffic to generate responses


Pascal
1970 Hatteras 53 MY
26' Starfish sloop
12' Westphal Catboat
16' Hobie Cat
13' Sandbarhopper

Homeport: Miami, FL Go to Top of Page
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