First Weekend Trip on the Little Boat

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Highland Village, TX/Port Richey, FL
Boat Info
SOLD 2005 420 DA w/T-8.1S Horizons
Engines
2018 Sea Hunt 255se w/Yamaha 300hp
Sharon and I just completed our first mini-trip on 25' Sea Hunt. We left Port Richey, FL on Friday morning in glassy seas. Our first stop was Egmont Key, a well-known island in the mouth of Tampa Bay, about 55 miles south. We travelled there 'on the outside', meaning we were on the gulf side of the barrier islands. Along the way we had dolphins swimming next to and under the boat and spotted a couple of sea turtles.

We spent a few hours there swimming and exploring and then started to head off to Sarasota, our final destination. It was a little choppier and windier but we stayed outside again to make better time. Arrived at the Hyatt Sarasota Marina at 4pm and checked into our room. Overall about an 90 mile run.

Saturday was spent hanging around Sarasota and Siesta key. We'd done this before so no new revelations but still fun. Spectacular meal at Sage Saturday night.

This morning we headed out at 8:45 but stayed inside, between the mainland and the barrier islands until we got to the Tampa Bay shipping channel. From there we moved outside again and stopped for brunch at John's Pass. After that it was smooth sailing back to our home port.
Overall, a perfect trip. Now I need to start thinking about leap-frogging down the coast to destinations further south.
 

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Sounds like a great trip!

How do you like cruising in a CC compared to a Sundancer? And what your cruising speed?
 
Sounds like a great trip. I bet you make pretty good time in that 25' compared to the ole 420!
 
Sounds like a great trip!

How do you like cruising in a CC compared to a Sundancer? And what your cruising speed?

There's pro's and con's.

For what we're doing at the moment the CC is perfect. It's fast(ish) and economical and easy to store and maintain for the limited time we're spending at our Florida condo. We cruised at 32-35 mph the entire way and saw 2.5-2.8 mpg. That didn't suck for sure.

When we had our 420 it acted as a boat and a condo on a lake 75 miles from our house. It was absolutely perfect for that. We had limited areas to cruise so going 20mph while sucking .5 mpg didn't matter. Had it 11 years and still miss driving it.
 
Sharon and I just completed our first mini-trip on 25' Sea Hunt. We left Port Richey, FL on Friday morning in glassy seas. Our first stop was Egmont Key, a well-known island in the mouth of Tampa Bay, about 55 miles south. We travelled there 'on the outside', meaning we were on the gulf side of the barrier islands. Along the way we had dolphins swimming next to and under the boat and spotted a couple of sea turtles.
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man these pics and this boat all awesome love it :)
 
Sharon and I just completed our first mini-trip on 25' Sea Hunt. We left Port Richey, FL on Friday morning in glassy seas. Our first stop was Egmont Key, a well-known island in the mouth of Tampa Bay, about 55 miles south. We travelled there 'on the outside', meaning we were on the gulf side of th...
will you be going to see the boat races in tampa?
 
Ooooh..... I thought it was down the road. Yeah, we're here until Monday. Not sure I'm talking my wife into it tho.

Where can you go to see the actual race from shore?
 
Ooooh..... I thought it was down the road. Yeah, we're here until Monday. Not sure I'm talking my wife into it tho.

Where can you go to see the actual race from shore?
the races don't start until sunday though i was looking at the details. either way I am going tomorrow, I want to go sunday too
 

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