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Old 28-04-2017, 19:03   #1
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Florida to Bimini June2017

Hi everyone, we're looking to go to Bimini Bahamas this June, planning on crossing the Gulf Stream from Ft. Lauderdale on our 30 ft cruiser, would love to go as a group, since it's going to be our first time for such a trip, is there anyone else who might want to take their boat for such a trip? And who ever already made such a trip, I would love to hear from you, tips, suggestions....we're also want to take our 4 kids with us
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Sail or power? Much different trip if one or the other.
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Hi everyone, we're looking to go to Bimini Bahamas this June, planning on crossing the Gulf Stream from Ft. Lauderdale on our 30 ft cruiser, would love to go as a group, since it's going to be our first time for such a trip, is there anyone else who might want to take their boat for such a trip? And who ever already made such a trip, I would love to hear from you, tips, suggestions....we're also want to take our 4 kids with us
Howdy Lena. Welcome Aboard CF!

The trip to Bimini is a popular topic, and you can find many tips and suggestions in some of the many previous discussions about Bimini in these links:

https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=011403...ini&gsc.page=1

Have a safe and fun time with your kids and enjoy CF too.
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Re: Florida to Bimini June2017

It's all about the weather. Don't do it if there is a North wind (including the day before) and maybe it will be smooth (that definition is in the eye of each person). I came back across the other day and the wind was calm but still spent 6 hours rolling down the side of swells.
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Just suggestion but look up the website for the "South Florida Sailors and BOATERS' in FtLauderdale and talk with them, they go to Bimini frequently............
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Hi everyone, we're looking to go to Bimini Bahamas this June, planning on crossing the Gulf Stream from Ft. Lauderdale on our 30 ft cruiser, would love to go as a group, since it's going to be our first time for such a trip, is there anyone else who might want to take their boat for such a trip? And who ever already made such a trip, I would love to hear from you, tips, suggestions....we're also want to take our 4 kids with us
Hi Lena,

I'm based in Fort Lauderdale too. As mentioned by others earlier in the thread, it's a very different crossing based on whether you are power or sail. If power, then it's simpler as you go faster, and only need a relatively short weather window and won't spend nearly as much time in the Gulf Stream. On a sailboat like mine, after watching the weather very closely, I head south to No Name harbor on Key Biscayne and anchor there overnight. Then set out bright and early, plotting a course to compensate for, and take advantage of, the current. Get in to Bimini in the mid-afternoon. Not a big fan of overnight crossings, as it leaves you wiped out for the next day - but each to his/her own.

I'm thinking about a trip that way later in June, so would be interested in sailing in a group if you're also on a sailboat.

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Hi Lena,

I'm based in Fort Lauderdale too. As mentioned by others earlier in the thread, it's a very different crossing based on whether you are power or sail. If power, then it's simpler as you go faster, and only need a relatively short weather window and won't spend nearly as much time in the Gulf Stream. On a sailboat like mine, after watching the weather very closely, I head south to No Name harbor on Key Biscayne and anchor there overnight. Then set out bright and early, plotting a course to compensate for, and take advantage of, the current. Get in to Bimini in the mid-afternoon. Not a big fan of overnight crossings, as it leaves you wiped out for the next day - but each to his/her own.

I'm thinking about a trip that way later in June, so would be interested in sailing in a group if you're also on a sailboat.

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Southern Star is also heading out of Miami at that time. At this time I'm not sure If we are going via Bimini or possibly heading North by Memory Rock. We have to be in Hope Town before the end of the month.
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Girlfriend and I are planning to sail across in late May or early June. Keep in touch.
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Pick the weather window. Lord bless you with 4 kids on a 30 footer.
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Hi everyone, thank you all so much for responding, we have 30ft cruiser yacht with 2 motors, it's like a dream come true, to do something like this, but as a first timers, we want to go as a group for sure, I'm not even considering going solo, and wanted to see if anyone else planning something like this for this summer. I found out that there is a large jetboaters.net group of 40 boats, going July10-July15, they do that every year and everything seems very organized, many experienced boaters that did this many times, most going with kids too. I think it's a very good option, so now we just trying to see what dates are going to work for us, and if we really ready to do this)))
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Hi Lena,

Since you're in a twin-engine powerboat, here's something else you could consider.

Boating Flings | The Official Site of The Bahamas

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Pick the weather window. Lord bless you with 4 kids on a 30 footer.
And, when you do leave for Bimini, don't be afraid or hesitant to just turn around and go back and wait some more, if you get out in the Gulf Stream, and think you have made a mistake with the weather.

If you are thinking it, you probably did, and it's best to turn around, go back and wait a little longer.

But this time of year, you'll know when the weather is right. It will look like the Dunkirk Evacuation Rescue heading over.

Last time we went, when we decided it was time to go (leaving from No Name Harbor early in the morning), we counted twelve other boats in sight of us once it got light.
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And, when you do leave for Bimini, don't be afraid or hesitant to just turn around and go back and wait some more, if you get out in the Gulf Stream, and think you have made a mistake with the weather.

If you are thinking it, you probably did, and it's best to turn around, go back and wait a little longer.

But this time of year, you'll know when the weather is right. It will look like the Dunkirk Evacuation Rescue heading over.

Last time we went, when we decided it was time to go (leaving from No Name Harbor early in the morning), we counted twelve other boats in sight of us once it got light.
Good luck. Definately wait for perfect weather in a 30ft-er and kids. Play around with windytv.com. We are leaving probably Tuesday from Bakers Haulover in a 42ft cruiser. Leaving farther south gives a better crossing angle.
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Hi everyone, thank you all so much for responding, we have 30ft cruiser yacht with 2 motors, it's like a dream come true, to do something like this, but as a first timers, we want to go as a group for sure, I'm not even considering going solo, and wanted to see if anyone else planning something like this for this summer. I found out that there is a large jetboaters.net group of 40 boats, going July10-July15, they do that every year and everything seems very organized, many experienced boaters that did this many times, most going with kids too. I think it's a very good option, so now we just trying to see what dates are going to work for us, and if we really ready to do this)))
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