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Old 06-02-2011, 08:12   #1
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My Three-Year Goal / Florida - Bahamas

We just picked up a 2006-260 Sundancer, single engine (138hrs) with a goal of spending 4-5 weeks in the Bahamas. Our plan is to improve our skills and experience here in the great lakes and then take on the challenge of the gulf crossing. So, for the next while i will be watching the posts and connecting with you people with that goal in mind. Any advice is gold!
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Old 06-02-2011, 14:43   #2
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................... and then take on the challenge of the gulf crossing. .............
I assume you're speaking of crossing the Gulf Stream and not the Gulf of Mexico coming from the Texas coast. Is this a trailerable boat? Are you planning on coming out the Hudson? ....down to Florida coastal cruising and then crossing? ....the long offshore route? We often cruse the Bahamas, but cross with the stream heading northeast from Lauderdale to West End, but then we always choose the easy ride in the best of weather. Keep us posted regarding your plans and welcome to the Cruiser's Forum.
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Old 06-02-2011, 15:55   #3
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Thanks for the reply, wow i love this service!
We will be trailering the boat from North Bay, Ontario to Fort Lauderdale then cross to the West End. When the time comes is this the place to locate others who are putting a flotilla together? As for waiting 3 years to make this all come together, i doubt i will be able to wait that long.
Again, thanks for the feed back.

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Old 06-02-2011, 19:30   #4
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Absolutely my route! We have crossed from Lauderdale to Indian Cay often. We ususally anchor in Lake Sylvia and then take a morning exit from Port Everglades to West End at about 3 pm. With your waterline you will likely arrive at 5 pm, but a casual ride if yoiu are patient for the favorable winds. From West Palm Beach you usually have to make 120 degrees to reach West End , but from Fort Lauderdale you can do well with about 90 degrees. It's all a matter of choosing the right weather.
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Welcome travelor1 btw I hail from your neck of the woods. Have not been in the Bay for a long time. Enjoy your time aboard.
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