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Old 16-06-2013, 16:37   #1
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Crossing the Gulf Stream From Stuart to West End Bahamas

Looking for advise on crossing from Stuart , Fl to the West End of the Bahamas,
I have a 43 ft power boat that will cruise at 16 -19 knots. It will be my first time crossing the Gulf Stream. Leaving Stuart Fl heading to the West End an on to the Abacos

Is it best to go down from Stuart to Lake Worth inlet to cross to the West End or go from Stuart straight to the West End. ( Or go to Great Sail to Clear)

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Old 16-06-2013, 16:51   #2
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Re: Crossing the Gulf Stream From Stuart to West End Bahamas

Whoa, almost 3 to 4 times faster than any boats that I sailed crossing the GS. Must be nice.

I think you will not have any problem in crossing. To be on the safe side, just avoid any northern components of north wind, so no NW, N or NE winds.

Have fun.
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Old 16-06-2013, 17:44   #3
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Re: Crossing the Gulf Stream From Stuart to West End Bahamas

Gollygosh, I wish I had such problems.

Leave a little before dawn on any day when it's calm at that time - there are plenty of those. Hopefully, your biggest problem will be that perennial one " what's for lunch ? "
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Old 16-06-2013, 18:10   #4
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Re: Crossing the Gulf Stream From Stuart to West End Bahamas

Leaving SLI WE is 78 or so nautical miles. Leave around 0800 average 15 kts. 5 or so hours later you are there. Crossing the stream at that angle will give you a little bumpy ride if the wind picks up mid day but by then you will be across the center of the stream. If you like you can go in closer to the bank and stay in 50 or so feet of water you'll be out of the stream and most of the chop. Just be mindful of Memory Rock.Also on outgoing tides the entrance to WE get's a little chopy .
Enjoy and have a safe trip.
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