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Old 30-05-2017, 15:41   #16
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Re: Bimini thru bahamas looking for routes

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Am amazed people bemoaning the price of a cruising permit, which includes departure fee ($25/person) and a fishing liscence for all aboard.
Some of these folks will easily drop a couple hundred on dinner out, pay +$2/ft at a marina and yet object to a cruising permit which allows reentry.
A month in the Bahamas with amazing anchorages, beaches and snorckling and friendly folks to escape the zoo of southern florida is well worth the pricd of admission.

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Old 30-05-2017, 16:52   #17
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Re: Bimini thru bahamas looking for routes

5'2" no prob

Seriously Bimini Big game to check in and have a swim in the pool.

Next day motor to Sapporo and have a dive then anchor off Gun Cay, not in honeymoon harbor. Holding is marginal so check the anchor.

Next morning EARLY leave for Chub, longest run. Anchor right in the bight just east of Momma Rhoda rock and just off the beach east of the marina (or go in if its open.

Next day down to Nassau, Splurge on Atlantis if you have kids. 3.50/ft but full access to resort, 2 nights. Hurricane Hole also full access to resort.

Leave following day around 12 to have good sun to cross yellow bank (you won't hit anything) to Allen Cay, check out the iguanas then motor down and anchor off Highbourne for the night.


Next day Norman's. Beer at the restaurant there, dog something, explore the drug house ruins and crashed plane. Anchor off the beach one night and in the lagoon the second, not far off the customs dock.

After that Warderick etc as you move south.

Staniel, anchor at Big Majors and check out the pigs

The rest will unfold ;-)

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Old 30-05-2017, 18:35   #18
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Well said.

As well as being in another country, not having to have obtained a visa for each person on the boat.
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Old 31-05-2017, 05:29   #19
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Re: Bimini thru bahamas looking for routes

Just anchor on the bank and forget Chub. Then West Bay and go south of New Providence (past palm cay Marina). You can be in Eleuthera same day, anchored in Hatchet Bay or Governors Harbour. There is lots to see and you can choose between Expensive Dining or food from the takeouts the locals all subscribe to. Car rentals in the 70 per day range let you see so much more than you will see from the boat. You will wonder why the month passed so fast. Eleuthera is a green island, the Exumas are desert, but they are much warmer in the winter months.
That anchor should be fine if you have at least 50 feet of chain in your rode AND if you are in a 30 to 34 foot boat. You can't have enough spare anchors aboard BTW.
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Old 31-05-2017, 07:08   #20
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Re: Bimini thru bahamas looking for routes

hey hows the weather over there?
Looks like everyday rain and thunderstorms, is that just the typical summer forecast?
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Re: Bimini thru bahamas looking for routes

The Abacos are nice when you get there with a fair amount of variety and the ability to move from one nice anchorage to the next and marinas of varying degrees of comfort and expense. Towns are close to each other and provisioning is not a problem. - but - getting there and being any place long enough to enjoy it and get back all in one month is a problem - tight even with good weather.

If you want to make Bimini as your first stop then the Berry Islands ( no real towns except at Great Harbour) and Eleuthera (Spanish Wells and Harbour Island).

Or go Bimini and take the suggested route to Exumas bypassing Nassau.
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The Abacos are nice when you get there with a fair amount of variety and the ability to move from one nice anchorage to the next and marinas of varying degrees of comfort and expense. Towns are close to each other and provisioning is not a problem. - but - getting there and being any place long enough to enjoy it and get back all in one month is a problem - tight even with good weather.

If you want to make Bimini as your first stop then the Berry Islands ( no real towns except at Great Harbour) and Eleuthera (Spanish Wells and Harbour Island).

Or go Bimini and take the suggested route to Exumas bypassing Nassau.
Hey thanks.

I was thinking of spending a month. But I don t have a schedule to keep. If I wanted to keep it around a months time. What is my best bet for only daytime cruising. I don't mind spending a few days in one place either. Abacos via Bimini to west end. Would I come back the same way?
Or like someone else suggested to exumas. Seems farther.
Or Eleuthera?
We will be happy with any of it. Just being there. I don't want to make a huge itinerary.
Looking for plenty of advise before leaving
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