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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    I would look into some chat room or local forum in the West Palm Beach to Miami area and see whats up. When I lived down in Florida I met several guys that went across in a single OB on a 25-26' center consol. Said they were surrounded by boats. Remember if you break down your going home at 2-5 mph on a leash. I was living in Florida when I bought my 33 and was going to make that trip but I wanted twins so if something happened I could still move under my own power. I applaud the desire to go and would do that trip in a heartbeat if I had time to prepare. I would make sure that I had redundant navigation systems and that they agreed with one another before I left on the trip. One degree off over 48 miles is a long way. I would also Pack. Just hide it when you enter and declare that you are firearm free. keep it hidden so the Brits don't sent you to the hole, but I damn sure would carry a gun. with the look at the weather I wouldn't go this weekend.
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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    I hope you're getting the idea. Your boat should be more loaded than you've ever imagined with spare everything including belts, fusible link, hoses and anything else "breakable" under the hatch as well as tools. A life raft with provisions, sat phone SSB radio, marine radio on and on. Your 26 foot boat is going to be PACKED to the gills plus full of fuel (sluggish) and navigating water that's potentially HOSTILE, with a newbie Captn and one 20 year old power plant. The 260 isn't a 24* dead rise boat either. It doesn't handle "rough water" as well as the 24* boats and most Baja owners have never seen water get as nasty as it can where you're going.

    It's REALLY a BAD IDEA for you to take your family on a solo crossing in that boat for your "first time out".

    I can't remember off hand but should be easy to Google...There's at least one resort that sends a "tour guide" boat over, meets with that weeks group, and leads you across as a group as well as leads the way back to Florida. Might be worth looking into.
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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    Quote Originally Posted by Hookem View Post
    I hope you're getting the idea. Your boat should be more loaded than you've ever imagined with spare everything including belts, fusible link, hoses and anything else "breakable" under the hatch as well as tools. A life raft with provisions, sat phone SSB radio, marine radio on and on. Your 26 foot boat is going to be PACKED to the gills plus full of fuel (sluggish) and navigating water that's potentially HOSTILE, with a newbie Captn and one 20 year old power plant. The 260 isn't a 24* dead rise boat either. It doesn't handle "rough water" as well as the 24* boats and most Baja owners have never seen water get as nasty as it can where you're going.

    It's REALLY a BAD IDEA for you to take your family on a solo crossing in that boat for your "first time out".

    I can't remember off hand but should be easy to Google...There's at least one resort that sends a "tour guide" boat over, meets with that weeks group, and leads you across as a group as well as leads the way back to Florida. Might be worth looking into.
    That tour guide idea sounds quite enticing

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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    Quote Originally Posted by shenanigans View Post
    That tour guide idea sounds quite enticing

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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    I'm pretty sure "she's" a tall lanky black man with an accent. Yah Mon.
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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    It's a long shot, but I can always hope

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    Re: Trip To Bimini Bahamas

    Why does everybody have to be so adventurous? LOL

    Bring your boat to Florida and cruise down the south Florida coast and go in every inlet to eat, drink, and explore.

    If you feel adventerous, fly out the inlet due east wide open till you get tired, turn around, come back and get drunk....


    No stress. So much easier.

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    I did the Bahamas trip last year in MAY. Nobody to go with so, My wife and I with two friends ran from Palm Beach to Grand Bahamas in 3 to 4 footers. I have a 94 OS320 I just set her in with the bow high and took 6 hours to see water tower at Old Bahama Bay. It was windy out of the north the whole time. But, one day it cleared. Then we run on smooth water out to Walker Cay. Took less than 2 hours. We stayed at Rosie's one night snorkeled on the reef next day then ran back to Old Bahama Bay stayed on the hook that night. Next day was super 1 to 2 footers all the way back to Florida. We musta pass 35 boats going out to the Bahamas for the holiday weekend. Never felt like we were alone. We saw boaters ever where we went.

    My Wife and I are going to do it again may 14th through the 30th 2016

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    Last edited by Dakota881; 11-10-2015 at 02:40 PM.

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