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Old 01-26-2006, 03:02 PM
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Did the trip on a 70' sailboat a few years ago....It was great!!!!
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:24 PM
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i got to ride across in a 36 ft. "go fast" from lauderdale to bimini. very cool trip. ill look for the pics from that day... gps becomes very impt!
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Old 01-26-2006, 03:51 PM
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Hey guys... Jupiter Sunsation has the right idea... Bimini is a bit small and there isn't much to do especially since Hemingway's burnt, as I heard it... Lucaya is much more like the things everyone is used to but it is a bit further, however, you can depart from FLL... Fees are $150 if you are under 35' and $300 if you happen to be over that and that's for four people... Wouldn't do it on my own with a single but normally just take off and go during the summer... Be sure and take all the spare parts you may need, especially to Bimini and even Lucaya, and the $4 a gallon gas won't be much fun either... Give a look at this website which may sway your decision... Good luck but Winter isn't the best time to go due to large cold water and tourist hotel rates...

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Old 01-26-2006, 04:17 PM
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we went over for the afternoon and back. (drinks and food) not one time did anyone approach us, we stopped twice in bimini, no one had a passport and there wasnt a landing fee paid. i guess we all just took a chance, who knows. if you do check in and pay the fee, you have to call in to the port in the u.s. and tell them you are returning... good luck with your decision!

the way over, weather was nice and waves were rolling. the way back, waves were much larger and storms were scattered. pretty neat to dodge the showers!
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:27 PM
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That was part of the Bacardi race straight out the cut to Bimini for the "M" Class 48 minutes the last time I ran across to the Islands! My old Boss Paul Haggerty drove a 16 foot Donzi to Nassau no problem!
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Old 01-26-2006, 04:29 PM
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Went several times,41 & 46 sailboot,42 trawler,52 motoryachet,35 Fountain,32 Pachanca.
BTW the "Complete Angler" was reported to have burnt down.
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i say go for it on a nice day just be sure to take a babe with large floatation devices, i mean whats the worst that could happen? you float around on her fun bags for a day or two holding your epirb
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kidding aside, i would do it but would do it in summer ons a nice hot day and take an inflatabe liferaft stowoed on board if you dont go with another boat. tkae flares and get a personal epirb the have them at all the marine stores. but in the summer go with the traffic go over sat am and return early sunday afternoon when there will be other traffic you can signal with a flare should you single engine die on you. plan for the worst and you'll be ok should something take a turn for the worst!
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Made the trip to Lucaya twice in the last 3 years. Once in a 38 and this past June in a 44 Baja. Both trips were the first week of June and once like glass and the other time was 4-6 plus. I will do it again but make sure you allow plenty of time if the weather kicks up you can wait it out for a pleasant return. Lots to do and we paid under $3.50 per gal for the return.
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