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Old 12-03-2015, 19:02   #1
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Florida to Bahamas - General Provisioning Q's

Hey everyone,

I am planning a voyage from Ft. Pierce to the Bahamas on April 1st. The rough plan will be to head south from Ft. Pierce towards Marathon to rendezvous with a friend on another sailboat, and then making a passage together to Bimini. I thought I'd post a thread here to help with the general checklist and see if there is any good information that I should know about this passage. I have the Waterway Guide to the Bahamas 2015 and have been studying up on that. At the moment I am just trying to get some provisioning done to the boat and make sure everything is ready. Thanks for any tips.

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Old 12-03-2015, 19:26   #2
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David, Hi, may I suggest you type in "Bahamas" in the search box? You can read literally for weeks. There have been hundreds if not thousands of discussions about this very topic.

Good luck, safe journey.
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Waterway Guide to the Bahamas is NOT for navigation. For paper charts, get the Explorer Guides for the parts of the Bahamas you will be cruising. Or use the Garmin charts on your Garmin GPS if you navigate electronicaly.

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Chartwise I have paper charts, OpenCPN C93 on the laptop, and Navionics on the B&G plotter.


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Navionics works ok, but paper chart and cm93 suck! Explorer charts are the only way to see the Bahamas. If you are just going to Bimini, it is straight forward.... any where else and get the Explorer charts.

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Hi
My first crossing was a week ago and we did it at 2 AM with a full moon and it couldn't have been cooler!!!
But now comes the problem
, motored the boat down the AICW and most of the way across with no problems but found I had a bad water pump prior to a day sail we had planned. now I am stuck in Bimini looking for a water pump for a Westerbeke 4-107 old style HELP
So be prepared for any thing.
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Be sure you have the Bahamas Chip for the GPS.
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Most food and paper items are generally available in most of the Bahamas it is not necessary to over provision. Many things do cost more. Beer and wine are expensive. and it is a good policy to have a good supply of mechanical spares but they are also available unless you have something exotic.
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Beer. Unless you don't mind paying $40-45 a case. Don't bring Rum. Cheaper there.

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A good anchor for those 40 knot fronts that come through.

Mask and snorkle, too much good diving to not do it (and a wet suit if you have it).
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Do not shortcut the channel into Bimini. Get up early, before 7 and follow the small handwritten signs that say "bread", or follow the smell of baking bread to the small house where it's baked. Be sure to buy both the plain and the raisin. If it makes it to the next day, make French toast.
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If I am headed to Staniel Cay I usually leave from Key Largo anchorage and cross to South Riding Rock onto the Bahamas Bank. I sail as far as I want, anchor on the Bank, then sail on through the NW channel. I have anchored at the Berries, then a short sail to Nassau. I stay at a Marina in Nassau to check in, Rum up and provision. 2-3 days in Nassau is plenty for me. Then down the chain of islands to Staniel Cay. Staniel is comfortable and Georgetown is a little busy for me so I usually stay there for a while. Provisioning is acceptable in Staniel. You can get fresh bread there too. As you may have gathered from some of the other posts, bread does not last long. Store bought bread may be quite old by the time it is delivered to Staniel.
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I went through same thing. Buy part from Defender and have them ship to Watermakers Air in Ft. Lauderdale 954.771.0330. They will fly to Bimini and deal with Customs. It cost only $45 freight. Good Luck
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If I am headed to Staniel Cay I usually leave from Key Largo anchorage and cross to South Riding Rock onto the Bahamas Bank. I sail as far as I want, anchor on the Bank, then sail on through the NW channel. I have anchored at the Berries, then a short sail to Nassau. I stay at a Marina in Nassau to check in, Rum up and provision. 2-3 days in Nassau is plenty for me. Then down the chain of islands to Staniel Cay. Staniel is comfortable and Georgetown is a little busy for me so I usually stay there for a while. Provisioning is acceptable in Staniel. You can get fresh bread there too. As you may have gathered from some of the other posts, bread does not last long. Store bought bread may be quite old by the time it is delivered to Staniel.
I'm with you. Next time I go to the Exumas, I may not go past Staniel Cay. I wasn't impressed with Georgetowne (except for Exuma Markets). I'd rather just sail back up to Nassau when I needed re-provisioning.
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you better compare those navioinics to Garmin. Here is a shot of Allens Cay. Did your navionics put you on the ground between Allens and Leaf (4.6 on Garmin)? Did your navionics put you on the island instead of beside it? 2008 lowrance charts will.

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Garmin and Explorer charts!!!!!!!!!!


Also take your 10 favorite food items (5 dinner and 5 snack) they will be few and far between.

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