I think the mistaken assumption was mine, DO'C. I put the part about your friend sailing around the Caribbean together with the part about your week-long cruising plans, and assumed you were going further down-island.
If you only have a week, bear in mind that weather
will play a big part in determining when and/or if you ever get across the Gulf Stream
, and, if you do, when you can get back to Lauderdale.
Given that you only have a week to cruise, and that it begins and ends in Lauderdale, making plans in advance to do the Keys and possibly the Dry Tortugas
If you do get over to the Bahamas
, remember that you will have to pay a $300 cruising/fishing permit
fee upon entry. Seems a bit excessive, to me, for only a few days there. And, once you clear in, Bimini won't hold your interest for very long. As you cruise further into Bahamian waters (which is a wonderful experience, to be sure) you are getting further from "home," and the days will fly by.
would be a much better choice if you can arrange to be there for at least two or three weeks. If one week is all that is presently possible, have you thought about chartering something in the Bahamas instead of Florida