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Old 04-28-2012
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Key West to Bimini (Direct)?

Planning a sail to the Bahamas from the Tampa Bay area by way of the Dry Tortugas and a planned stop in Key West to drop off some family from the first leg.

From Key West, the plan is to head over to Bimini. I'd like to get a sanity check here, but I was thinking of heading offshore to catch the Florida Current and subquently using the Gulf Stream to give me an extra couple/few knots as I made my way northeast rather than spending the time island hopping. I'd like to spend what time I have in the Bahamas rather than the Keys/Miami to the extent possible.

This is the track that Bill from S/V Galena (great blog if you've never read it) did on his Westsail 32:



I was thinking something similar but veering a bit farther north to catch Bimini. As mentioned in an earlier thread, this 5 week trip is happening in mid July (not ideal, but that's what I've got to work with).

So notwithstanding the usual Tropical Storm/Hurricane cautionary tales I was hoping to get some thoughts on this route.
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