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Old 15-09-2021, 15:19   #1
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Fort Lauderdale to Nassau

Hi,


Im new here and was just wondering if anyone could answer some questions about crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau.



I have a Hunter legend 35. Shes my second boat, I dont have a ton of experience but I think enough to not kill myself.


Id love to chat on the phone with someone or meet up for a drink if anyone is in South Florida. If anyone has done this trip and would be willing to help me, Id be super grateful and will compensate with copious amounts of ale.


Thanks for any help
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Re: Fort Lauderdale to Nassau

Not local so cant help in person. More info would help. You mean non stop?

some random thoughts:
-I like to leave from Biscayne Bay as you are less against the Gulf Stream
-In the winter, or any time really other than summer, the common NE wind blows against the Gulf Stream creating rough water. People usually try to avoid that and wait for the wind to shift South then West. Leaving as soon as it shifts South.
-I left in the night and arrived at Bimini at 8 am once and went to Sail Rock then barreled on across the bank to Chub Cay instead of stopping.. This was a 47 foot boat and we moved well. However we arrived at Chub after dark using the radar to get in and checked in there the next am. Not sure if they still have check in there now though. It was at least 12 hours to get there from Bimini.

-Biscayne to Bimini about 60 miles
-Bimini to Chub about 92 miles
-Chub to Nassau about 40 miles.
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Old 15-09-2021, 15:51   #3
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Yes non stop. Plan is to wait for a good weather window and head straight for Nassau. I'm curious about the mackie shoal area and the south side of New providence. Is crossing the mackie shoal at night feasible (are there coral heads we need to watch out for)?




The Marina were stopping at is on the south east side of New Providence, so Im wondering what the best approach is. South side of the island seems littered with coral heads and might be a nightmare to cross?
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Yes non stop. Plan is to wait for a good weather window and head straight for Nassau. I'm curious about the mackie shoal area and the south side of New providence. Is crossing the mackie shoal at night feasible (are there coral heads we need to watch out for)?




The Marina were stopping at is on the south east side of New Providence, so Im wondering what the best approach is. South side of the island seems littered with coral heads and might be a nightmare to cross?
It's been awhile for me. We essentially sailed from Sail Rock straight through to Chub (through the narrow cut before Chub of course) I dont remember it being too shallow as we drew 6' 5". But I'm the cautious type so probably steered a bit SouthWest of Mackie Shoal a bit. If you leave Fort L at night you can cross the banks in day light.
There seemed to be more coral heads near Sail Rock than out on the banks.

Maybe someone else will pitch in here soon. I've done it 3 times and it was uneventful each time, crossing the banks in daylight.
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Old 15-09-2021, 17:55   #5
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Re: Fort Lauderdale to Nassau

We’ve crossed the banks numerous times at night and in daylight. Never had a problem. Keep an ear out for any recent wrecks that might pose a hazard, everyone uses the same rhumb lines, so that’s where they’ll be. There’s plenty of depth out there, not much else.

Never been to SE New Providence, but I would probably go through Nassau Harbour and then follow the route to Palm Cay Marine in the Explorer Charts.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Chris.
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I live in Miami and I have done the trip 4 times.
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Hi,


Im new here and was just wondering if anyone could answer some questions about crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau.



I have a Hunter legend 35. Shes my second boat, I dont have a ton of experience but I think enough to not kill myself.


Id love to chat on the phone with someone or meet up for a drink if anyone is in South Florida. If anyone has done this trip and would be willing to help me, Id be super grateful and will compensate with copious amounts of ale.


Thanks for any help
Chris
Hey Chris,

I'm in WPB, living aboard my Catalina 470. Happy to chat and share some ideas. I'll PM you with my number and email address.

Regards,
David
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Re: Fort Lauderdale to Nassau

I sailed my previous Mason 44 from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau in December of 2016. We left Ft. Lauderdale at dawn, and arrived in Nassau 27 hours later. We had light SE winds, so we motorsailed the entire way. Went onto the banks north of Bimini, went north of Mackie Shoal, then through NW Channel Passage. We went through NWCP around midnight, and that was the most stressful part of the entire trip. There are no navigational beacons there, and there were four or five other vessels coming and going through that channel at the time. From there it was an easy shot down to Nassau.
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