I recently made the crossing going from Marathon, but coming back late June into Pt. St. Lucie/Stuart. Going South you have to pretty much choose offshore
and there are not too many places to duck in from Stuart to Miami
if you choose offshore
I left from Rodriguez Key around Key Largo
, which gave me an easy ten hour crossing with the stream helping the northward push toward Bimini
. From Bimini
it was a long sail to Chub Key then south to Nassau. The Chub to Nassau crossing can be uncomfortable in a southerly and an alternative is Chub to Morgan's Bluff on Andros and then on to Nassau - at least allowing you to sail on a close reach.
If you enter at Bimini watch the sandbar to the north of the mouth, but they were dredging the channel when I was leaving. Best to call ahead to either Big Game
Club or Browns Marina for some advice.
You can cut a few hours off the Bimini to Chubb or Andros route
by heading south towards Gun Key, but my 6' keel
convinced me to take the northerly route.
Bimini is an easy landfall and customs
check-in. You can anchor
just north of the Big Game
club - but set your hook carefully, as holding is precarious and the current strong.
Contact me if you'd like some further info and have a great time!!!!