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  1. #1
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    2006 Meridian 391 (bought September 2008) Cummins 380 QSB 5.9 Electronic Turbo Diesels (890 hours)
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    Cool We're Cruising The Barbie Girl Boat From Miami Florida to The Virgin Islands Tomorrow

    This will be the biggest boat trip we've ever taken!

    When we first bought Barbie Girl 4 years ago in September 2008 we felt real brave and courageous driving her down the Intracoastal Waterway from New Jersey to Miami.

    Then 2 years later we felt adventurous when we cruised her 910 miles cutting across the state of Florida through Lake Okeechobee and to the Gulf of Mexico and then back again.

    But this next adventure is about 1,400 miles from Miami to the Virgin Islands in plenty of blue water, and for some reason we keep having tons of people trying to scare us from taking this trip telling us that we'll be going through water depths over 8,000 feet while 150 miles from land and and telling us horror stories about Mona's Passage that we must cross. I have to admit that it is all a little spooky, but we plan to leave in the morning.

    Knowing that things always change, THIS is our tentative float plan:

    This is based on cruising 20 mph burning 30 gph.



    From - To Miles Hours Gals Comments
    Miami - Chubb Cay Bahamas 161 8.1 242 alternative--North Bimini 80 nm, then N Bimini-Nassau 140 nm
    Nassau 46 2.3 69 Nassau Harbour Club Marina
    Staniel Cay, Exuma 92 4.6 138 Staniel Cay Yacht Club
    Clarence Town, Long Island 132 6.6 199 Flying Fish marina
    Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands 213 10.6 319 South Side Basin marina
    Cofresi/Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 196 9.8 293 Ocean World marina
    Boqueron, Puerto Rico 86 4.3 129 Club Nautico
    Crown Bay, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 167 8.3 250 Crown Bay marina

    And for anyone that is interested in following us on the satellite maps as we cruise down you can go to: [Only registered Members can see links, click here to register]

    Follow the simple instructions on that page and you can see exactly where we are in real time. To me giving this link to all my Meridian friends is an even bigger risk than Mona's passage, because I don't want to die from embarrassment if you see me running aground on a sandbar or reef or something, lol. We don't plan to cruise at 20 mph at all times so don't be concerned if you see us going trawler speed at 7-8 mph at times.

    Wish us luck!!!
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    2003 Meridian 411SB, Hull #32, 370B, 24X22 props, electronic shifters
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    Sounds like a FANTASTIC trip, wish I was going with you looking forward to your stories and pictures.... Safe travels.
    Cheers!
    Tony

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    2006 Meridian 391 (bought September 2008) Cummins 380 QSB 5.9 Electronic Turbo Diesels (890 hours)
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    Thread Starter

    Cool

    P.S.

    We are bringing about 90 gallons of diesel in containers stowed in the engine room in the walkway between the two engines.

  6. #4
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    2011 541, Hull #1, 600 Zeus
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    Outstanding! Staniel Cay is our furthest south. BTW, dont expect electricity between 6 and 11pm at Staniel. You will find you may need to run your generator, even in the marinas, once you get into the southern Bahamas. You may want to calculate that in your fuel usage.

    Tom
    Tom & Kim Garcia
    541, Hull #1
    \"Extravaganza\"

  7. #5
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    2006 Meridian 391 (bought September 2008) Cummins 380 QSB 5.9 Electronic Turbo Diesels (890 hours)
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    Thanks Tony!

    And thanks for the tip Tom. We don't usually stay in marinas anyway... those were mostly places where we plan to fuel up, but we are more of the anchor out and run the genny type of people with over 5,400 hours on our genny when my Captain changed the oil yesterday!

  8. #6
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    05 Meridian 411 - Cummins 370s 08 Sailfish 2660 - twin 200hp Yamas 08 Boston Whaler 110 Sport 25hp
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    Holy Crap. That sounds like an awesome trip. We did a bare boat charter in the BVI years ago and loved it. Bitter End Yacht Club is wonderful. Sandy Cay is a desserted island with sand so soft you sink in 4 inches.

    Have a great trip and keep us posted. Wish I was joining too.

  9. #7
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    Barbie- that should be a great trip and a wonderful way to start a new part of your life in VI. Travel safely and enjoy the ride !!!
    Neal and Barbara
    Savannah,GA
    " Olive or Twist "
    2006-391 T-380QSB Cummins: Onan 9KW

  10. #8
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    Wow, sounds like an amazing trip! Keep us posted! Also, did I miss a post regarding why water was getting into your bilge? I was curious to know what it was.
    -Brian
    -Brian
    2006 411 with 380 QSBs
    Splash Dance
    Seattle, WA

  11. #9
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    2006 Meridian 391 (bought September 2008) Cummins 380 QSB 5.9 Electronic Turbo Diesels (890 hours)
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    Brian,

    We think we got the water in the bilge figured out... we HOPE so! lol.... I updated that posting to explain everything. And then I also created a new topic for the speed rails and tunnel hooks we installed too since people were talking about that and wondering if they would work... in a word, YES they do! Details are in that posting.

  12. #10
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    The water depth doesn't matter. It doesn't enter the equation since you're only supposed to use the top four feet anyway.

    Can you fuel up in the Bahamas without "entering" and giving up the $300 entry fee or what ever it is now?
    Bob Mitchell
    \"Katherine Baird\" 2004 Model 408
    Long Beach Island and Key West

  13. #11
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    2007 341 Meridian \"Half Moon\"
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    Isn't it the start of hurricane season in that part of the world?
    2007 341 Meridian
    \"Half Moon\"

  14. #12
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    2008 - Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge Hull # 30 Cummins QSB 5.9 380's New York, NY
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    Smooth seas... Jealous is not the word.... Have a great safe trip!!!!!
    Bill

    "Sunny Boy"
    2008 - Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge
    Hull #30
    Cummins QSB 5.9 380's
    New York, NY

    "Immortality is a long shot, I admit. But somebody has to be first
    ."


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    Looking forward to following your adventure! Stepping beyond ourselves is what life should be about - which is why I believe many of us love the cruising lifestyle.

    I'm curious about your time calculations... you indicate you'll be travelling 20 mph but it appears your distances are listed in nautical miles. If I have that right then your trip to Chub Cay will really be closer to 9 1/4 hours.

    Have a spectacularly safe and festive voyage!!


    Former Owner
    441 SB
    Cummins 480's with Zeus


  16. #14
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    2007 341 QSB 380 (uprated from 330HP July 2008) 8VS AB inflatable 10HP Tohatsu on Hurley Davit p
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    Just saw this post and logged onto your GPS sight. Have a great trip Barbie, we are all rooting for you both.
    Robert
    2007 341 'Vis Ta Vie' with 380HP QSB & 2005 Trophy Walkaround 2052 'Eve' with 120HP Diesel
    "every day you lose boating you never get back..."

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    Have a great trip. 5400 hrs on the genny! Wow. Heading down to the keys in early Nov . Would love to hear your posts on the various passages. May head over in Jan. Smooth seas and fair winds!
    2006 381 330 Cummins Millers Retreat

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