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Old 10-12-2013
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Re: Miami to Bimini

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Just curious about your weather sources? Passage Weather is showing wave heights of 2 meters from the NE for Friday into Saturday. Down to 1 meter by 12 UTC on Saturday. Consider that you will probably see more than forecast. I don't see any source calling for waves of 2' or less. It's Tuesday, and we are in Brunswick, Georgia. The wind is blowing stink out of the NE already. After a few days of north winds, it takes time for the Atlantic to settle down. Just don't get your hopes up too high right now. It looks a bit iffy IMO.

From Marine Forecast/Weather Underground-
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Seas could build to 6 feet in the Gulf Stream waters of Palm Beach County by Friday. The approximate location of the west wall of the Gulf Stream as of Oct 08, 2013 at 1200 UTC... 7 nautical miles east northeast of Fowey Rocks. 16 nautical miles east of Port Everglades. 14 nautical miles south southeast of Lake Worth. 11 nautical miles north northeast of Jupiter Inlet. This data courtesy of the naval oceanographic office.

Hey, you can always head out and turn back if you don't like what you see. We've all done that, haven't we?

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The remnants of the recent tropical depression is still off the East Coast and is still putting out significant NE swells. For a 'newbie' to be riding in 6 footers on top of such swells (being magnified in the Florida Straights against the current) wont be all that pleasant for a 'first timer'.
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Re: Miami to Bimini

Originally Posted by asanchis92 View Post
I see many of the concerns are sailing with northernly winds. I understand that wind against the current creates waves, but the forecasts all show less than 2 feet of wave height and since I'll be sailing in a ESE direction to beat the stream it'll be more or less a beam reach.

Are the waves really that bad or is there something else?
They really are that bad. I've sailed across the gulf stream from Port Everglades to Bimini and back in a stiff north wind when I was younger and stupider.

You couldn't pay me to do it now.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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