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Any recommendations for best site r Gulf Stream?
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Food and beer are very expensive in the islands, we go to Cosco and pack the boat to the rafters.

Don't trust any charts in the Bahamas...all entries need to be done in good high light using your eyes. When in doubt we will run the entry in the dinghy using a portable Bass Pro Shop fish finder.

You can cross the banks at night but you have to stay on the GPS lines.

Yes, the Explore charts are good but everyone, in the version I have, has a "do not use for navigation disclaimer!"

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So shrink your boat a little.
No need - they have a 35' Ericson.
Bahamas Marinas and Port of Entry for Yachts and Boats
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The fee for boaters for boats up to 35 feet is $150.00 and the fee for boats over 35 feet is $300.
Important to me because I have a 35' O'day
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In terms of coming and going I personally would not give it much worry. First you do not have to clear out of Bahama when going back to US, second, US simply asks where you came from upon clearing in. You get no passport stamp or anything coming back into US and when you head back to Bahamas you do not need to clear out of the US So..back in the Bahama would be as if you never left.

In terms of the "crossing", don't over think it. In my opinion it is not even a real "passage", but rather a long day sail. The gulf stream is no big spit except with strong north winds and wave. As for weather window with an E-35 I would not hesitate to leave with a two day wind wave of 25-30kt and 3-4 meter seas if from anything south of east or west (just not on the nose or from the north)

You can trust the new explorer charts. The "not for navigation" is only because the US is infected with the "attorney virus"

After sailing a couple years in the Med., the entire eastern Caribbean, we found going through the Bahamas, especially the far islands, fantastic. So much so we have decided to head back next month and spend 4 months before heading back down the chain to the ABC's. They Bahama islands south are fantastic!


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In terms of coming and going I personally would not give it much worry. First you do not have to clear out of Bahama when going back to US, second, US simply asks where you came from upon clearing in. You get no passport stamp or anything coming back into US and when you head back to Bahamas you do not need to clear out of the US So..back in the Bahama would be as if you never left.
Thanks a lot; very helpful
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I have a planned trip to the Bahamas next spring for a week. Would appreciate any itineraries we can do in a week in the Bahamas. We are sailing out of Ft Lauderdale heading south then riding the gulf stream up to Bahamas.

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I have a planned trip to the Bahamas next spring for a week. Would appreciate any itineraries we can do in a week in the Bahamas. We are sailing out of Ft Lauderdale heading south then riding the gulf stream up to Bahamas.
Hmm planning to cross the Gulf Stream between Florida and the Bahamas on a fixed schedule in spring may lead you into a severe beating.

Better to have Plans A, B and C depending on the weather.

Do a search on Bahamas and you will get lots of info. on alternatives.

It would help to know the boat size type and average cruising speed.
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Estopa: I think you would be very lucky to get across to the Bahamas and then 4 days later have another WX window to return. If I had a Oday 222 in Ft La La and a week I would go out and down to Biscayne Bay, weather permitting, and bang around the Keys for a few days. I am not that familiar with the 222's draft ? 18 to 48inches, but I bet you could get into some great places on the Bay side. Even if the weather gets bad you can get back using the ICW. Just my .02 $ Dan S/V Marian Claire

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Oh I am sorry I will be on a 35 foot Catamaran my friend keeps in Ft Lauderdale. Oh my I don't think I would want to cross in my O'day :LOL...

Plan B is to continue going south and do the keys. Just wanted to know what 1 or 2 stops I could squeeze in a week if I were to make it to the bahamas

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If I had a week I wouldn't go to the Bahamas. If I did go I would head to the northern Abacos. Cross over to Memory Rock waypoint or the one which is just to the north. Then on to Great Sale. From there to Allan-Pensecola, Manjack and Green Turtle and then back. You can head directly from Lauderdale to either of the above waypoints and get a push from the stream. Coming back will be a different story as you will either have to fight the stream or make landfall in the US well north of Fort Lauderdale and then head south along the coast.
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