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Old 04-15-2017, 02:12 AM   #1
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We are just about ready for the big trip tomorrow. I got my 1995 3200 SCR in October, 2 days before Hurricane Matthew hit area. She survived the storm very well docked at our marina. We will be leaving south GA and heading down the Intracoastal. We have 2 weeks off work and are looking forward to this. Not sure how far we will go, hopefully to Daytona. I think we are ready and I'm sure we will learn a lot as we have had much smaller boats before. Bon Voyage to us!
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Old 04-15-2017, 02:53 AM   #2
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Enjoy and good luck. I hope you have plans in case things break, spare parts and researched where repair facilities are along the way.

Oh yeah take pictures to share when you can.
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To give you an idea of what can happen in 2 weeks in that area, I helped pilot a friends Nordic Tug from Jacksonville, Florida on the inter coastal down to Stuart, across the Okeechobee waterways ,then up to Clearwater to his marina in that 2 week time frame. If you aren't familiar with this type of boat it is made for comfort not speed. We averaged around 40 miles a day.

So with that said a big adventure can be had with your boat. You will have sections of the intercoastal that will have speed restrictions because of the manatee population there. It means making a no wake speed.

Please let us know what you do!

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Thanks! We made it to our first stop, a marina at St. Simons Island, GA. Great weather and so far so good except as we were docking an alarm sounded and wouldn't quit. Think it's gear lube or something (I'm not the mechanic on board). Anyway, thinks he knows what the problems is and will check it once motors cool down.
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The alarm is one of three things, low gear lube, low oil pressure, hot engine coolant.
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You have a good trip love to try that some day Slow long ride from cape cod to inter coastal water ways . i charted it out already . Hope you got good nav equipment to
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Update on our trip: Day 5 almost done.
The alarm mentioned previously was low gear lube in one outdrive-solved. Thankful for the courtesy car provided by the marina so we could get to West Marine easily. Yesterday, our next excitement was the 6 foot bow cushion blowing off, hitting both of us in the head. I got it secured on both ends now. Next, a belt broke on one engine. We shut down that engine and started it back up for docking which went well. At one point while following GPS, the depth finder said 3 ft of water!!! Yikes. We waited maybe 5 minutes until another boater showed up that apparently knew the water. We followed them and got in deeper water.

We are enjoying it all...got extra belts and lube now. It's nice not to have every minute planned and we'll know most of the marinas in our path.
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Update on our trip: Day 5 almost done.
The alarm mentioned previously was low gear lube in one outdrive-solved. Thankful for the courtesy car provided by the marina so we could get to West Marine easily. Yesterday, our next excitement was the 6 foot bow cushion blowing off, hitting both of us in the head. I got it secured on both ends now. Next, a belt broke on one engine. We shut down that engine and started it back up for docking which went well. At one point while following GPS, the depth finder said 3 ft of water!!! Yikes. We waited maybe 5 minutes until another boater showed up that apparently knew the water. We followed them and got in deeper water.

We are enjoying it all...got extra belts and lube now. It's nice not to have every minute planned and we'll know most of the marinas in our path.
Sounds like you really are enjoying the trip.
And learning to keep a few spare parts.
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Stow the bow cushions below while under way.
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what are you burning for fuel, per mile or gph
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