As you say, it has been done in less and those boats certainly weren't "intended" for that type of crossing. Bolger did not design the TOPAZ for a Bahama crossing but, given what has crossed and continues to cross regularily, it can be done. A good forcast would be the criteria for a succesfull crossing. With the 4 stroke 50 hp called for by the designer, she would be economical at her displacement cruising speed(6 or 7 knots) but also able to get up and go,should things warrent. There is lots of space aboard for extra fuel tanks(used just for the crossing) which can later be stored up on the roof once empty.With her generous battery bank,thick bottom and light topside,she has a very good range of stability......providing the side windows remain closed :-)
Originally Posted by Woxbox
Faxing Bolger directly will produce a reasoned reply as to the do-ability of a crossing. As for just the great loop segment, TOPAZ would be a charm,especially with her shallow draft permitting one to sneak up thin waters for the night and getting well out of the way from commercial traffic.She is trailerable with a dual axel trailer,if that is worth knowing :-)
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