Just a note on draft
for the Bimini approach. It is not as deep as the marinas
are advertising, which is 12-15' controlling depth. We sailed up from Panama
, and the wife had to get on the ferry to enter the US via a commercial
carrier because she had the wrong visa to enter on a yacht(another story), and despite confirming twice with the marina, we ran aground smack dab in the middle of the channel, right between the new buoys, about an hour and a half before high tide. We draw 9'8", by the way. It looked like it was a bit shallower than where we got stuck further in. This was right before the turn to port to get into the channel.
I realize that this is not an issue for 99% of folks, but for you deep draft
guys, beware. I have talked to someone who carried 9' in, but we didn't want to try it again. We just took the dink in, did the in/out, and I took the boat to Lauderdale alone that day.
We wound up anchoring
off the west side, fine in an easterly, but certainly not recommended.