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Is anyone going to be sailing to the Bahamas in Jan. from Fla.? I've never done it before and would like to sail with another boat or boats there... I have a 44 CSY.
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I expect to be in the area and have made the crossing several times, haven't set an agenda yet; just be hanging out mostly in the keys and going over a couple of times. I like crossing from Fowey Rocks, be glad to share details, at the least.
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make sure to carry your passport as the new anti-terror laws are in effect...
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Pacific...there will be lots of folks going over in January and on any good weather window you will have lots of company. People generally wait for weather at the north end of lake worth near old port cove marina and that is an excellent spot to pick up buddy boats for the crossing as well as to wait for a good day with plenty of local ameneties near at hand. (Be sure to lock your dinghy if you go ashore though!...lots of dinghy/motor theft here.)
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Pacific -- i currently live in miami -- i am trying to sell my house and if it sells i will be going over in jan. if it does not sell i will not go -
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Pacific 44,

We do it every year. Normally cross sometime in December, usually before Christmas but it all depends on the weather. Don't know where you are in FL but we stage from Miami. Our route is Miami to North Rock, across the Great Bahama Bank, into the Tongue of the Ocean and onto Nassau to clear in. About 26 hours or so. If it's too lumpy in the Tongue of the Ocean we'll wait at Fraziers Hog Cay until the weather's more favourable. Many boats wait at Miami. If you want company just holler on 16. We usually anchor in the Publix anchorage off Miami Beach or somewhere in that area. There's still lots of boats crossing in January so you should be able to find someone. I'll be in St. Augustine next week to get the boat ready. There's a bunch of boats in Green Cove Springs getting ready now and we'll all be heading to Miami in another week or so.

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From what I have read, you will need a passport for travel to the bahamas by air after Jan,07. By sea it reads Jan, 08.

I am planning a trip across this winter, should i get a passport? What kind of boat documentation is required?

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You don't need a passport to tavel to The Bahamas, but in the future you will to get back into the US. Everybody do yourself a favour get a passport now - you'll need one in the near future and it makes clearing in to other countries much easier. It has been my experience that it's money well spent.
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florida to Bahamas

Just about anywhere you want to leave from you will likely find other boats headed to the Bahamas. I don't know where you are in florida or where you intend to go in the Bahamas but many folks stage around Key Biscayne and No Name Harbor as well as Rodriguez Key by Key Largo and Marathon.

I prefer to cross over from Rodriguez via South Rock, across the Grand Bahama Bank (anchor or sail overnight). If Chubb Cay in the Berries is open it used to be a good place to checkin, fuel, water and catch your breath before Nassau. The Berry Ilsands Club around the corner at Fraziers Hog was not fully functional when we were there May, 2006. Nassau at the Nassau Harbor Yacht Club was a really good place to check in. They came to the boat almost before I could get back from the liquor store.

Have a great trip.
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Chubb Cay IS once again open but no bargain at $3.50 per foot per night!
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