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Old 27-03-2018, 16:41   #16
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Re: passage from Chubb Island to Bimini

You can leave in the dark and time it depending on your average speed which you never mentioned? As the first 14 nm is deep water. Arrive at first light to go through the NW Channel channel, there's lots of depth but the light of day should help your confidence. Then it's 58 nm to Cat Cay which you should be able to do easily in the roughly 13hrs of daylight in June. Anchor there then move up to Bimini the next morning, I wouldn't enter Bimini without light if you don't have previous tracks into there. Also we have no idea of your draft and I've seen a few mono's aground off the mouth there! The NW Channel can have a riff in it if the tide is ebbing and the wind is out of the SE or East. If it's flooding it should be relatively smooth. Enjoy!
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Old 27-03-2018, 17:44   #17
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Re: passage from Chubb Island to Bimini

Thanks All good advice. Were 63 draft
And avg 5-7kts, depending on wind. Were very heavy, so
slow in light wind.

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Old 29-03-2018, 06:24   #18
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Re: passage from Chubb Island to Bimini

My boat draft beeing well over 6 ft, I avoid like the plague goeing over the banks to Bimini. I always choose the route off the banks on the thong of the Ocean. to noth Bimini rock, Easy sailing, fast but mostly peace of mind. And you would avoid the risk of encounter one of these Bahamas wooden tramp boat that run without lights and I believe with little regard for the risks for other sailors...
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Old 29-03-2018, 07:27   #19
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Re: passage from Chubb Island to Bimini

Thanks. Will look at chart for that option.
So I gather you also avoid the magenta lines.
Do you do this as a passage? Its too long to
do the whole route in daylight. Do you wait to
Enter Bimini or leave in the dark?
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Old 29-03-2018, 09:57   #20
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Re: passage from Chubb Island to Bimini

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Thanks. Will look at chart for that option.
So I gather you also avoid the magenta lines.
Do you do this as a passage? Its too long to
do the whole route in daylight. Do you wait to
Enter Bimini or leave in the dark?
Thanks!
Liv
I ve done day or night, without any problem. If you arrive late close tu Bimini, anchoring close to Bimini North Rock is a good option, unless there is a norther comming, wich shall be rare at the time your plan to travel.
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Old 29-03-2018, 11:12   #21
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Re: passage from Chubb Island to Bimini

hi Elie,

thanks - so do you go north and east of Berry islands, and then head west?

So one could leave from Great Harbour Cay?

hmm - so over the banks near, but not on magenta line - maybe anchoring on the bank with a watch for stray boats, or in deep water and maybe anchoring
at north bimini rock.... those seem to be the two ideas that have surfaced most - and of course, weather is a factor for both.

thanks!!! Liv
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hi Elie,

thanks - so do you go north and east of Berry islands, and then head west?

So one could leave from Great Harbour Cay?

hmm - so over the banks near, but not on magenta line - maybe anchoring on the bank with a watch for stray boats, or in deep water and maybe anchoring
at north bimini rock.... those seem to be the two ideas that have surfaced most - and of course, weather is a factor for both.

thanks!!! Liv
Yes!. And I use to get a bonus of good current. If your start early enough you will be able to anchor in full daylight cloise to North bimini Rock. In deep water over the banks and a good anchor light will be perfect without a watch...
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