Re: Bahamas Trailer Sailing Logistics
Item 1 - I agree with Miami departure. If you can get south or even SE winds the trip is easy, after all it's more of a long day sail. Gulf Stream is generally only an issue with sig North wind/wave but as long as there is a south component even 3 meter seas are no big deal even on small boat as long as they are not those nasty short breaking seas one gets from the north. You can check the live NOAA buoy data for wave hight and period before departure.
Be sure to arrive Bimini in daytime, best in afternoon when sun is a bit behind you. Perhaps departing Fl about 11pm. Entrance markers change and or drift from time to time so visual navigation is required. Also mind tide as current can run strong between N and S Bimini when the tide is running. Get the Explorer Chart Books for the areas you plan to cruise, they are like a "must have" item for Bahama sailing. Also don't forget your "Q" flag and the Bahama cutesy flag (required as in all countries).
Item 2 - Fishing on the way no problem. Don't need Fl license once outside boundary line and Bahama's will not bother you about catch prior to arrival. It will be dark for your first 8 hours or so thus you will be well offshore before you likely start fishing. Fishing license comes with your cruising permit but sometimes you have to ask to have it attached
Most you can get is one year (6mo and then apply for 6mo extension). After that you will have to pay an import tax
Freeport also has a lift and on the hard storage.
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