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buggin outbuggin out Posts: 10 Greenhorn
We are planning to cross from Stuart to Westend next Weds 4/25. This is my first time crossing.  We are in a 29 ft cc.  The marine forecast is sketchy, what is your opinion on what is too rough to cross?


  • privateer19privateer19 Posts: 439 Deckhand
    wow that is a loaded question.... are you taking your family? what safety gear do you have? you are still a little far out to make a good call. your boat is plenty big so that should not be an issue. if you go slowly there should not be problem other than localized storms. either way you are going to have a great time are you staying at OBB?
  • Osprey45Osprey45 Posts: 1,000 Officer

    Tuesday 4/24


    Breezy SSW winds with moderate choppy seas. Small short period waves.

    Winds: SSW 13 to 18 knots.

    Seas: ENE 5 feet at 8 seconds.


    Breezy S winds with moderate choppy seas. Small short period waves.

    Winds: S 14 to 19 knots.

    Seas: ENE 4 feet at 8 seconds.

    Wednesday 4/25


    Light W winds with a slight chop. Very Small short period waves.

    Winds: W 9 to 12 knots.

    Seas: ENE 3 feet at 9 seconds.


    Light WSW winds with a slight chop. Very Small short period waves.

    Winds: WSW 9 to 13 knots.

    Seas: ENE 3 feet at 9 seconds.

    BouyWeather  3" at 9 i would run in that all day

  • Frosty1Frosty1 Posts: 140 Deckhand

    Still to far out to make a definite call. I remember my first time crossing and the anxiety that came with it. I would make sure you feel totally comfortable with the weather/seas for your first run. When I make my crossings now I still feel nervous energy but that's what keeps you safe. Hope you have a great time if you go and stop in and see Millie the bartender at Blue Marlin Cove.

  • buggin outbuggin out Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    It is a guys trip with 3 of my buds.  We are all experienced off shore boaters.  We have been doing this April fishing trip for 10 years in the FL Keys, but Hurricane Irma damaged our regular destination so we decided on the Bahamas.  My boat is well prepared with a 6 man off shore life raft, epirb, ditch bag with safety supplies.  We have wanted to try the Bahamas for some time but didn’t want to give up our Keys reservations. Thanks for the advice, we will go under those conditions.
  • buggin outbuggin out Posts: 10 Greenhorn
    Yes we are staying at OBB.
  • Plastered2850Plastered2850 Posts: 1,842 Captain
    Last crossing was a bit dicey for us 4 to 7 ft seas
    took us 5 hours from Hillsboro inlet.I have a 2850
    Bluewater and had 2 2550s behind me.Go with
    the seas you feel comfortable with.
  • privateer19privateer19 Posts: 439 Deckhand
    you should be fine. you are clearly an experienced boater with the right equipment. the gulfstream has her quirks but not much different than a longer run to the humps. good luck, hope all goes well and you have safe trip.
  • probate-rprobate-r Posts: 419 Deckhand
    Buggin Out,
    You guys should be getting back soon if not already.  How did it go?  For anyone who has been thinking about giving it a try, any advice or anything you learned from the experience?
    Intrepid 370 - "My Favorite"
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