The manufacturer executed several tests and
determined that the boat did not perform
in a manner that they considered safe or
exhibited some behavior that they were not
comfortable with at a higher horsepower.
Just like getting a ticket for having your
boat overloaded and exceeding the capacity, I expect you’d get a similar ticket if you
were pulled over. I can assure you the USCG
Auxiliary would not pass the boat during a
vessel safety check. Find another boat that
complies with the manufacturer’s recommended horsepower. It’s given for a reason.
ARE WE THERE YET?
I have a 42-foot Regal sport coupe that can
cruise comfortably at 27-30 knots. We have
no height issues regarding bridges. How long
would it take to go from Daytona Beach,
Florida, to Key West given no wake zones?
TOM NEALE: While this is specific to a
particular trip and boat, we get many similar
questions. First, it’s good to know you’re
planning ahead rather than just starting out
on a trip. But boat travel means you must
expect changes and be prepared to throw
destination plans out the hatch. In this case,
doing the math as to ICW distance (statute
miles) divided by your miles per hour gives
an answer, but not a reliable one.
The distance between Daytona and Key
West along the ICW is 413 miles, and your
slowest speed converted to mph is 31, which
means that in theory you could do the trip in
13. 3 hours. But it would be better to plan for
at least two or three days for this trip because
of necessary slowdowns, to avoid dangerous
situations and excessive fatigue, and to allow
yourself to enjoy the trip.
Open water where you can run at speed
is more and more limited in many areas.
The last we checked there are areas where
it’s allowed in most of Indian River, parts of
Lake Worth, most of Biscayne Bay, a few of
the canals (although with strict wake-height
restrictions), and offshore runs such as Hawk
Channel. Inside waters south of Biscayne Bay
have areas of fast running allowed, but there
are shallow depths and the penalties for run-
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