Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May
So.where ia the best place tonstage and leave florida from
Depends on 2 things. Where are you going and how well your boat points!
I live in Fort Lauderdale. We exit from Port Everglades and hang a right turn, trying to stay in 25 feet of water (you feel really close to shore) so that we can make our southing. There is usually a southward eddy that gives you 1/2 a knot this close to shore...but that depends on the position of the stream. Watch out for the buoys that line the shore in...you guessed it...25 feet of water
You go as far south as you're willing to go, but I tend to make my turn to the east at around Haulover Inlet. I'm usually able to motorsail to bimini from there.
Some people leave Cape Florida light (as they exit No Name Harbor or Nixons anchorage).
People from West Palm tend to head to West End instead of Bimini. Angles are easier.