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I was watching some video on youtube of middle.of.the road weather. On the stream an it did not.look fun and that was.on a.32
But there have been a ton on wwp19

Middle of the road weather (SE 10-15) makes for a Gulfstream that has these long rollers with an occasional steep wave. Unfortunately, the winds are usually coming in the direction you want to go, unless you are leaving from Key Largo!

Winter Passages to Bahamas (November - April)
Winds are usually a bit stronger...mostly from Southeast, with regular cold fronts moving through about 1x a week. Most people wait for a slow moving front to approach SE Florida. In advance of the front, the winds clock around to the SE to S/SW, then NW...then start HONKING out of the NE. Most people will ride that S/SW into Bimini/West End then get to a Marina to ride out the full brunt of the NE. Dont even *THINK* about being caught in the Gulfstream in a strong NE wind. We race along the coast of Fort Lauderdale, and the lip of the Gulfstream in winds above 15 knots from the NE is steep, BIG seas.

Spring/Summer Passages to Bahamas (May - October)
Winds moderate...but are generally from the Southeast at 7-15. The thing to do is to make sure the daily, afternoon showers dont extend too late into night. After these showers pass, the winds usually die to nothing. Then around 10 pm, you leave and motor or motor sail as much as you can to Bimini. You're there by sunrise...sometimes a bit faster. In which case, cast a few lines at the ledge where the waters go from thousands of feet deep to much less. You're almost guaranteed to catch a Mahi. If you hook one, remember to keep it on the line and let it thrash a bit...Mahi are dumb and canibalistic, and will come at the hooked fish...encountering your other lines, resulting in multiple catches.

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So.where ia the best place tonstage and leave florida from
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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.

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The plan

I think I have it figured out. I found a storage place around key Biscayne that I can leave the truck and trailer for a month or two. Leave from no name harbor to Bimini. I need to a Marina with,a lift as a van and a 3.5 keel equal no fun to launch. When I get to Bimini I can plan from there where to go from there.
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

Dinner key marina and grove key marina. Something like that. They are both in coconut grove - right across biscayne bay from no name harbor- well actually like across from key biscayne yacht club. One if those two should be able to launch you. No name to Bimini is alright- but if you are waiting on weather- keep heading south- just to make Bimini an easier shot.
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How far south should i go then
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

Campuscab you just have to do the math. A simple system. Rhumb line distance/ boat speed, to get time of crossing, TOC X ave gulf stream speed and you can estimate how far north you will be pushed. So start at least that far south of you destination and hope for perfect conditions. Maybe Pumpkin Key??? There is a bunch of info on crossing out there. I have only made one round trip so FWIW. But do pick your window well.
As far as Abacos vs Fla Keys. Well they are different but the Keys in no way "suck". I have the same draft and have had a ball banging around the gulf side of the Keys. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

Awesome! I would love to do this route some day!
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

Is it safe to cross with a 32 ft Catalina ?
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

We had a Catalina 27 anchored with us at Allan's Cay last year. Obviously, they survived the crossing.

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