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Old 19-11-2014, 14:48   #31
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The entrance to Bimini and the channel has been dredged and is now being maintained to allow the new ferry to get in and out for the new casino. So you should not have any depth problems. Chuck
I wonder what the new ferry draws? Is the channel marked pretty well these days?

(I can remember going in in 1987 and lining up on something that I'm sure isn't even there anymore. )
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I wonder what the new ferry draws? Is the channel marked pretty well these days?

(I can remember going in in 1987 and lining up on something that I'm sure isn't even there anymore. )

The ferry is way to big to get in the harbor regardless of depth. She stays offshore and unloads into small catamaran tour boat looking things if the weather is calm. The new channel is marked pretty good these days though.
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A few years ago I was on business in Miami. I got turned around while driving and wound up in Liberty City. Blue lights pulled me over. "What are you doing here?" says the officer. "I took a wrong turn." "Follow me and don't stop for anything." We sped to the highway on ramp.
I found out later I was in the area where the riots had just happened and this white boy was not in a good place. I'm sure it's paradise these days.
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That's not the only ferry to Bimini. The large supply ships also come in and offload.

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Old 19-11-2014, 19:34   #35
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Hi everybody,

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.
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Hello. There are two good anchorages in Bimini (north) and one bad one. The bad one is just north of Big Game and has lousy holding and lots of current. The other two are all the way up the channel (15 feet all the way and well marked). The first is just south of Bimini Bay Resorts World, by the marina in the basin. The other is further north just past the second marina in the basin (favor the west side of the basin to avoid the barges). Both of these have easy access to the docks and no one cares if you tie up to use the facilities, including showers and shops and pools. The entrance to North Bimini is now deep and clearly market (favor the red side). This is good information, we live here.
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That's not the only ferry to Bimini. The large supply ships also come in and offload.

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Correction: The Baleria stopped running last winter (your picture). The SuperFast is the only ferry and lands on the ferry pier built finished this summer, on the WEST side of the island. Last night due to the winds it was unable to pull to the dock due to the fact that the catwalks to the tie ups are not done yet and the small work boats could not land the line handlers. This is good information.
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