There are a few rocks near the yellow bank explorer chart route that could give you some issues at low tide. I suggest crossing that area with good sunlight and a constant lookout with your draft. One alternative is to go from Highbourne to West Bay which puts you on the west end of New Providence. Seven and a half will mean you want to enter west bay at mid tide or higher. I went in the western entrance and out the southern entrance this year and there was more water on the southern entrance. The route to west bay is deaper and not as many coral
heads to watch out for. Another option is to go directly west on the highburne to fresh creek route and head
towards West Bay once you enter the tongue of the ocean. This is all deep water and will present no issues at all for your draft. The Berry's to Bimini
should not cause you any trouble until you get to the west end or the route. Once you get to the Cat Cay waypoint I suggest the route to the Holm Cay waypoint then oout to the Triange Rocks waypoint. The water at the Turtle rocks waypoint is too shallow for you. I saw 6.5 feet there when I came this way and that was above mid tide. The route I suggested is much deeper. You'll need to make sure you stay in the channel when going into Bimini. There should be plenty of water if you stay in the middle of the channel but it gets very shallow very quickly at the sides of the channel. Once inside there is plenty of water except for the bar just south of the big game
club so watch out for that. It's marked on the Explorer Charts
. If you can't arrive at Bimini when the light is good I suggest you just anchor
in Nixon's Harbor and wait for a high sun angle.
It's a pretty straight shot from Bimini to Ft Lauderdale. When you plot your course line aim at Key Biscayne and with average gulf stream current
you'll be swept north to Ft. Lauderdale. The exact course line depends on your cruise
speed of course, but ths should put you within a few miles of the Ft Lauderdale entrance.
I'm currently in Georgetown
and saw your boat yesterday.