I would leave from Biscayne Bay. There is a little harbor on South Biscayne everybody uses for their last anchorage in FL before jumping off. It's been a while, can't recall
the name offhand, but it's well known. It's part of a state or national park. From there, Bimini
is easy. Just factor in the northward drift, so your course should not be directly to Bimini
, but "crabbing" a bit for the offset.
As far as the dingy, I would NOT tow across the Gulfstream. Too iffy. I'd deflate the rib
and put it on deck
where ever I could. Once in Bimini, go ahead and tow it around the Bahamas
, but leave it's self-bailing drain hole open to clear out spray, otherwise it can fill up with water
and get very, very heavy, putting too much stress on your towline, and especially on the bow ring which is essentially just glued to the bow of the RIB
. If you have a ring bolted through the fiberglass
, that is stronger. If not, attach your tow line not only to the bow ring, but to your side carry handles, and then to your transom. Let the bow ring just be the "guide" for the bridle
which will will absorb the forces through the side carry handles, and back to the transom.
With the drain hole open and a good towing bridle
, you will have no trouble in the Bahamas
. But for the Gulfstream, I'd put the RIB on deck