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Re: Florida to Bimini tips?
This is based on my single handed crossing from Lake Worth to Great Sale and return GS to Ft Pierce. Prep everything. Food, water, cloths, suntan lotion, meds, flashlight, piss can, TP etc within easy reach. Work out before leaving how to use everything while getting bounced around. This was very handy as the conditions I encountered did not allow me to leave the helm for more than a couple of seconds at a time.
Plan on ending up further N than you think. You say your boat is slow, so is the MC, so that means a longer time in the Gulf Stream and the GS does not mess around. I choose my route so I had the entire bank, N of Memory Rock, to aim for. I left at 0400 and made it on the bank before dark. That was in March.
Vasco,s comments on the wind are dead on. I wanted to motor-sail so the boat would be more stable. The wind was more E than forecast and I ended up having to head more NE to keep the sail full. About 2/3 of the way across I gave up sailing and motored because I was getting to far N. A very slow process for me.
Do you function well on no sleep?
Don't be afraid to turn back and try another day.
Dan S/V Marian Claire