Adventures with ECYS: Palm Beach to Charleston
The first leg consisted of a 2 day trip from Key West, FL to Fort Lauderdale, FL with one overnight stop in Marathon. This trip was on a 58' catamaran. Unfortunately, conditions caused the voyage to be done under power as the winds were light and on the nose (cruise speed: 8 knots).
The second leg from Palm Beach, FL to Charleston was completed in two days on a 77' powerboat. Two days spent in luxury, we might add! The expansive VIP stateroom with ensuite head & shower provided an extremely comfortable accomodation, not to mention the great meals created in the gourmet galley. However, this trip loses points in the peformance. A typical day on the 77' powerboat consisted of 200 miles, approximately 10 hours a day, 800+ gallons of fuel, with an average fuel cost of $12.50 a mile. She is currently on her way to her summer homeport of Hyannis and Chatham, Massachusetts. Weather permitting and in delivery mode it is an 8 day trip with $20,000+ total fuel cost.
When we compare this performance to an MJM Yachts 40z or 50z, the differences are striking. If it was a 200 mile day in a 40z or 50z, the total cruise time per day would average around 6 hours at $3 per mile in fuel cost. If the MJM did the whole trip, in delivery mode, it could be a 4 1/2 day trip with a $4,800 total fuel cost.
While all three vessels have their redeeming qualities, they all have weaknesses just the same. These are just interesting numbers to consider!
Take a look at the view of the famous Battery waterfront upon arrival in Charleston, SC.
We saw the world famous ATHENA: the 79m Royal Huisman flagship yacht on the dock in Charleston.
Finally, we also ran into an old friend of ECYS on the 120' Feadship LADY VICTORIA.