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Old 11-08-2012
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Re: recommendations on jumping off point from Florida to Bahamas

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"You can clear in at West End although it is a bit pricey "

Are you saying the custom fees are different depending on where you clear in?
Or are supplies (food, booze, fuel) more expensive at West End?
The Marina itself is costly. See for the latest information. Most recently, $3.05/foot plus $39.00 per day for water/electric (whether you use it or not) for less than 60 foot yachts.
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Re: recommendations on jumping off point from Florida to Bahamas

Blackpoint marina in south Miami. They have facilities and a deep boat ramp, trailer storage and reasonable rates. I cross to Bimini from Angle Fish creek, a half day sail from the Marina. The reason you want to leave from down there is the further south you start your crossing the easier it is to navigate the stream. Bimini has cheap marinas and walking distance to customs, it's easy to clear there, it takes minuets. You can cruise The key Largo area gunk holeing around while you wait for a window. Leave Angle fish at midnight and get to Bimini for lunch. You'll hit the shipping traffic around first light. You want the light above or .behind you when you enter Bimini. I've anchored in Angle Fish for as much as a week waiting for the right window and never got bored exploring the area. There are hose's available at the ramp for washing salt off your trailer so I don't sea that as an issue.
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Re: recommendations on jumping off point from Florida to Bahamas

If you're looking for a freshwater ramp that still has deep water, ocean access...the only ramp and game in town is *ALL* the way up the new river. See

This is far as you can go up the new river (my neighborhood) and keep a sailboat.

You're talking about 1.5 hours and a fixed 55 ft bridge to get to the Port Everglades inlet. There is free parking there, but I dont think you can leave your car/trailer over the long term there. To get to Bahamas, you would go out side port everglades and go as far south as you can go, then turn left and ride the stream back to the northeast, hoping to land in bimini. Then you rest after a trip across the gulfstream. After that, the Bahamas are yours!
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