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Old 26-02-2020, 15:41   #1
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Miami to Bikini...Wind question

Advice on approximately how long it takes for gulf stream waters to settle down after north wind moves to east? Assuming North winds were 15 to 20 and comes down to 10ish as they become east.
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Old 26-02-2020, 17:16   #3
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Bikini is a long way from Florida!

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Bikini is a long way from Florida!
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Expect he meant Bimini, Bahamas, not quite so far from Florida.
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Re: Miami to Bikini...Wind question

24hrs should be ok
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Re: Miami to Bikini...Wind question

Hey Drifter. The typical recommendation is to let it settle for a full day and go on the second day. For example: North wind Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. No go. On Thursday, it clocks around to the East and settles down to about 10 knots. Don't go that day (though some do). Wait until Friday to go, assuming the wind is still the same.
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Re: Miami to Bikini...Wind question

Thank you...very helpful!
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Re: Miami to Bikini...Wind question

Bikini is halfway around the world, and radio-active. Bimini is a little closer. I hope that's what you meant. But I can understand being more focused on bikinis than on nuclear weapons tests.
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Re: Miami to Bikini...Wind question

Hey there. I'm a power guy, but watch the wind carefully.

I've noticed that approaching cold fronts provide the best opportunity to have a smooth passage. This is only true if the front is fairly well spent by the time it gets to Miami. A strong cold front will blow through quickly and provide a strong north wind before finishing the crossing.

A strong front is one that remains on a line relatively north and south or NE to SW. Often, fronts get horizontal in mid Florida, die, and reverse themselves into an air mass of humid stagnant air. A sailboat may have to motor in that.

So, waiting for a day after an East wind makes sense depending on the strength of the next front. I think if you see a weak front, it's better to wait more to get the wind veering from the west and maybe NW, so you can sail well.

You probably know about No Name harbor on the southern tip of Key Biscayne. Most sailboats hang out there for a short trip to Bimini and you will do OK to go when the bulk of them also go.

I don't enjoy Bimini much. It's a long way to the Berrys, which are great!

I go from Lake Worth inlet to West End. The Abacos were great, but were now hit hard by Dorian. My last trip was with a friend in a sailboat that went about 6 kts. We hit some weather, but it was very doable.
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