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Is this a weather window (gulfstream crossing)

I'm not making a crossing...but I watch the NOAA site especially as we are in the winter cruiser season here in FLL. I try and spot crossing windows as practice for when I will make my crossing (*sigh*...someday).

So, how many people are going to be making the hop to Bimini or points beyond if this forecast holds? Will I see Lake Sylvia, Lake Worth, and Miami Marine Stadium empty out tonight and the inlet flooded with eastbound boats to the Bahamas? Should I make reservations at 15th street fisheries to see all the cruisers head out?

TONIGHT
SOUTH SOUTHEAST WINDS 8 TO 11 KNOTS NEAR SHORE TO SOUTH
SOUTHEAST 13 TO 18 KNOTS WELL OFFSHORE. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD
7 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS.

WEDNESDAY
SOUTH SOUTHWEST WINDS 12 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 FEET.
DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. CHANCE OF
SHOWERS.

Wednesday night, winds are forecast to shift to the North and be in the teens to 20s with 6 feet seas and higher forecast. Seems to me if someone left late tonight (Tuesday night) they'd catch the favorable wind shift (close haul to beam reach to broad reach).

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Question: What was the wind like the last two days???
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Wind speeds the past few days:



More detail data on the FLL Port Everglades entrance buoy

*snip*...way too much data

Generally East/Southeast has been the wind direction for the past 2-3 days.
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This would excell for my typical choice of departing from Port Everglades and entering the Bahamas at Indian Cay just north of West End. I like this route as I'm taking the ride with the current. I usually leave Lake Sylvia at about an hour before first light and reach Indian Cay in nine hours with wednesday's conditions and I'd sit at anchor at Great Sale through the northerly winds if they were too uncomfortable, but I'd be on the bank and on a reach to Allens-Pensacola with far less tha the 6' waves,- more like 2-3 on the bank, and then a broad reach to Green Turtle. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Question: What was the wind like the last two days???
That was going to be my question as well, but Passageweather agrees with the above forecast (waves not big). Looks good for 33 hours to me. If not, why not?
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If the winds have been from the east/southeast and have clocked southeast, then yes, this would be a pretty good window.
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Makes me jealous-its forcast minus 16 centigrade here tonight and knowing where I live will probably go past minus 20 centigrade.Access to boat highly unlikely as roads are heavily snow bound! Central heating on 24/7!
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Agree with above, but you better make sure you make it through the GS before that northern hits!! Supposed to be a good one! They are talking 8+ out here close to shore.

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Agree with above, but you better make sure you make it through the GS before that northern hits!! Supposed to be a good one! They are talking 8+ out here close to shore.

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This is a test...this is only a test. This is a test of night0wls escape plan system. Were this a real escape, you would see Jendai setting sail for the Bahamas and hear a obscenely happy couple sailing off to start their new lives away from the 9-5. This is only a test
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Agree with above, but you better make sure you make it through the GS before that northern hits!! Supposed to be a good one! They are talking 8+ out here close to shore.

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Where's your sense of adventure Brian? You big chicken. Smart chicken...
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