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Old 06-10-2014, 17:02   #16
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Re: Bareboat Chartering To The Bahamas

Get thee to the Abacos !! Charter in Marsh Harbor and give yourselves a great vacation (and experience) cruising, anchoring, snorkelling in fairly untroubled waters. Lots of uninhabited places to go to as well as civilization. A good mix. I've crossed the Stream the last two years and had to wait a week both times.
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Thanks for the info. The last delivery I made from Grand Bahama the boat (US Flag) had been there for several months. I assume the owner had already paid because they didn't ask for more money.
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Yes, yes, yes!! I copy all this info., and that's why I posted my plan. =) My modified plan is to fly to Abacos and charter there. But some day I will make a gulf stream crossing - when I'm not on a schedule! Thanks for all the great info.!!
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+1 On all the advice given. Don't risk your holiday on the weather Charter straight from the Bahamas and you'll guarantee an great holiday.
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+1 On all the advice given. Don't risk your holiday on the weather Charter straight from the Bahamas and you'll guarantee an great holiday.
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+1 on all the advice given so far. Don't risk your holiday on the weather Charter straight from the Bahamas and enjoy your full 7 days.
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Re: Bareboat Chartering To The Bahamas

Why all the gloom and doom about crossing the Gulf Stream? I just did it (Miami to Bimini) in a solid easterly 20-25 kts.

We left at 7am and arrived late afternoon the next day. Sure it was bumpy and the waves are speed killers, but thats sailing and sailing is FUN!

I single-handed on the way back. Departed about 8am, arrived back in Miami as the sun was going down and a "severe" thunderstorm came through. Since I'd never sailed through Government Cut, and there was a gaggle of container ships hanging around outside, and I couldnt see anything, I reefed down and sailed it out in the shallows off Miami Beach till the weather cleared and entered around 11pm.

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We left at 7am and arrived late afternoon the next day. Sure it was bumpy and the waves are speed killers, but thats sailing and sailing is FUN!
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When I go from Miami to Bimini I usually depart about 7:00 am and arrive late afternoon the SAME day.
That's what waiting for weather does for you.
I think my way is more fun than your way.
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If sitting around and waiting for weather is more fun than sailing, have at it.


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When I go from Miami to Bimini I usually depart about 7:00 am and arrive late afternoon the SAME day.
That's what waiting for weather does for you.
I think my way is more fun than your way.

Yes, trimarans are a blast and skew crossing times for monohulls and even cats.
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Why all the gloom and doom about crossing the Gulf Stream? I just did it (Miami to Bimini) in a solid easterly 20-25 kts.

We left at 7am and arrived late afternoon the next day. Sure it was bumpy and the waves are speed killers, but thats sailing and sailing is FUN!

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You did this in a 50 foot boat? Must be the record for slowest crossing Miami to Bimini. My slowest in a 36 footer was 14 hours.
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You did this in a 50 foot boat? Must be the record for slowest crossing Miami to Bimini. My slowest in a 36 footer was 14 hours.
It was up wind in 10ft waves 4 seconds apart.

I guess I'm not a "fair weather sailor."
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It was up wind in 10ft waves 4 seconds apart.

I guess I'm not a "fair weather sailor."

If you were that slow it would be difficult to make Bimini. The stream would have swept you way north.
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