My 1968 31' Commander seems to be ready to do a trip from FL to West End and beyond !! What should I be concerned about ? Size o k to live aboard for a few months ? Any suggestions on what to be. Concerned about ? Parts to take ?

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How many hours on the engines?, original intake manifolds? Fuel burn per mile? Do you have a 50% safety factor? 

Continuous time on boat as base, two weeks seemed to become a limit, perhaps not if were we in 30s instead of 60ish.

Good luck

I would take along the basic tune up parts, spare hose for water intake, or at least a roll of rescue tape, sea water pump repair parts (impellers), spare wire and connectors, oil, coolant, trans fluid. Enjoy the trip!

We are also planning the bahamas this summer, perhaps we should get together everybody with commanders and do a flotilla over there, it'd be fun, and for the most part we'd all know how to fix each other's boats, so it would have practical advantages.

On your question, how many are going with? A 31 will get s bit cramped after a week or two. My 47' I have finally gotten to a size where I'm happy onboard indefinitely. Prior to that with smaller boats, I start feeling cramped after 2 weeks.

I'm 6'2" and that is an issue for me that might not be for you. My 47 is the first boat I can actually stand up everywhere in and not hit my head. Newer boats have relatively low ceilings everywhere except the main salon. This one fits like a glove.

count me in too!



Planning a trip in late July/early August with my 382 Commander. Would enjoy traveling with others.
My wife and I will be meeting my sons family in Marsh Harbour between June 23 and returning to Florida July 12 or so. My route usually is from aft Pierce directly to West End or Spanish Key depending on weather. Then to Marsh. I made the trip in a 31 several times back in the 70's when my father owned one. Squander Bucks is a 38 Commander sedan with a fly ridge added.
If any of you guys are in the area of Spanish Cay to Hopetown I would sure like to meet up.
Don't know how many times I've been to the Bahamas in a Commander of one size or another -probably 35 times. Still can't seem to get enough. Slowed down on the diving now but still cruise and fish a good bit. We will be based out of Boat Harbour during the middle week of the trip and then move around a bit. Maybe we can. Object or at least communicate.
Robert and Carol Price
June would work for us, although so would July. I'm really open time wise, and think it would be fun to do this in a group. Also sounds like most of you have a lot more bahamas knowledge than I do, so I suspect I'd learn a thing or two.

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