Arawak shook and rumbled from her bones up. “Whoa, $hit,” exclaimed McCoy as he lunged for the throttles, throwing the boat into neutral. “We should have 4.6 feet of water.”
And just like that, our leisurely 8-knot cruise from Naples to Lake Okeechobee was on a different tack. It was clear we hadn’t hit bottom but a shuddering starboard propeller made it clear that we definitely hit something. Deputy Editor Jason Wood and Capt. McCoy dove into the dirty brown water to assess the situation.
Most boat trips, if you’re lucky, have that ahhh moment. Like emerging from underwater after holding your breath, you immediately go from panicked to relieved. Well, our ahhh moment of the trip happened around noon of our third day. We had successfully navigated a skinny, crab-trap-filled channel and made our way to the ICW bound for Little Shark River in the Everglades.
Spending 6 days with your colleagues. The thought probably sends a shiver down the spine of most people. Spending 6 days with your colleagues aboard a 42-foot boat, well now that’s just … crazy, right!? Well that’s exactly what myself, Deputy Editor Jason Wood and Digital Editor John Turner aim to do this week aboard our Grand Banks 42 project boat, Arawak.
A PWC is one of those things boaters either love or hate; there are wanna-be daredevils out there cutting us off that give this high-speed tender a bad name, but we’re fans. And there’s one we’re particularly excited about, the new Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 ($15,200), which debuted at the London Boat Show.