Re: stretch Bantam completes south florida circumnavigation.
- That boat is so cool in so many different ways that it is scary.
Perfect boat for inland cruising. Nice story too.
--- In email@example.com, "captjbturtle" <captjbturtle@...> wrote:
> Pelican, a26 foot stretch Bantam, yesterday completed a trip from Fort
> Pierce to Key West, Key West to Fort Myers and Fort Myers back home to
> Fort Pierce.She was captained by Canadian Herb Radisch who spends
> summers aboard his 25 Chris Craft on the Rideau.Herb spent only 4 or 5
> nights at a dock, $35 a night in Key West, was questioned by water
> police 4 times (they were looking for Bruce Hector or Peter Lenihan )
> and was amazed by how little gas she used.HE cruised around 6 getting
> near 20mpg in near silence with the 9.9 yamaha 4 stroke. He ran aground
> only once, went through the everglades canoe trail, narrow and
> shallow, went out to the pennekamp reefs, had to change course comming
> across Lake Okeechobee to avoid big waves and said he had a great time.
> He'd still be out there but the U.S. gov would only give him a 6 week
> visa so he has to go home. He'll give Bruce and Peter the message. We
> hauled her with my 6 cyclinder dodge van on her single axle trailer and
> she's back in the yard, not a scratch, due to his good seamanship.A
> brilliant designer, I asked his for input on improvements to this home
> built boat."I can't think of any," he said. He has never brought his
> Chris Craft south because he couldn't afford the gas and she could't
> go where he went. Thanks again Mr Bolger.