Hello all! I am considering chartering and sailing to the Bahamas
this January and am looking for any input, as I haven't made this trip before. I'm thinking of picking up the boat from Fun In The Sun yacht charters in Fort Lauderdale
and sailing to Bimini
. I think it would be a good experience to make a gulf stream
crossing. The boat would be a 40' Beneteau
. Any input would be appreciated. This is their sample one-week itinerary.
Arrive at Fun In The Sun Marina before mid-day. Part of the Crew goes to shop for provisions while the skipper
and mate run through the inventory and do a systems check out. Skipper
and mate should rest late afternoon and early evening. Finish loading the boat and depart for Bimini
between 10:00 PM and Midnight. The crossing is done at night so that you arrive in daylight hours (due to no lighted navigational aides in the Bahamas).
Arrive in Alice Town, clear customs
and Immigration. It is recommended to spend your first night at a marina since you will be very tired when you arrive. Bimini Blue Water
Marina is a reasonable marina to stay at. Explore Alice Town, Rest, walk over to the beach, and have some cracked conch for dinner at one of the local establishments.
Sail to the north end of North Bimini. Anchor
off the beach and carry a picnic lunch to a wonderful swimming beach. In the afternoon sail out to Bimini Road for a nice snorkel or shallow dive. Go back in near the beach and anchor
out for the night.
Sail south to the wreck of the Sappona. Snorkel around this old 1940s concrete hull
sunken freighter. Pick up anchor and head
south, sail to Gun Cay and anchor on the east or west side depending on conditions.
into Gun Cay and explore this uninhabited island. Check out the lighthouse and the nice beaches. There is also good conching around the east side of the island. Sail on down to the south end of North Cat Cay where there is a protected bay and a beautiful beach. Spend the night.
Sail out to Tuna Alley, hook up with a mooring
ball, and enjoy a world-class dive site. This is a 50 to 80 dive with coral
caverns and giant crevasses. You will see lots of reef fish
and an occasional turtle, shark and other wildlife. In the afternoon sail to the east side of North Cat Cay and spend your last night at Cat Cay Marina. There is fine dining there at the marina as well as a more casual dining room.
Check out the gift shop at the marina on Cat Cay in the morning. Sail down to South Cat Cay. Anchor off the west side for a couple for hours and do some snorkeling. Head
back to Ft. Lauderdale so you arrive before dark. Stay at the Fun In The Sun Marina and go out to dinner in the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Clean up the boat, pack up your gear
, and depart by 12:00 noon.