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Re: From Ft. Myers to Bahamas
I'm looking for best way to cross to the Bahamas from Ft. Myers in late Jan/early Feb.
My boat draws 5 feet (w/o load) and has 50-foot stick (from waterline)
From my research so far it looks like this makes the most sense:
1. Ft Myers to Marco Island
2. to Little Shark River
3.to Boot Key Harbor, Marathon - cross under the bridge
4. to Rodriguez Key inside Hawk channel
5. cross over to Bimini
There are some holes in my plan. Namely:
1. What are the best spots to moor or anchor along the keys waiting for the weather change?
2. Is there a good provisioning spot along the keys?
3. Rodriguez Key to Bimini is around 80 miles. Is there a better place to anchor closer to Miami that offers a good protection?
Thank you in advance
The route you have described is fine. The Shark River maybe a bit buggy but is endurable with screening and a couple of Thermacell
devices, one interior and a second in the cockpit. We've used these to good advantage on our own cruises.
If you are able to score a transient slip in Marathon, you can pretty easily sit out weather there comfortably. There is also a Publix market relatively near by for provisioning. The run from Rodriguez isn't too bad once you clear the coast. I suggest, however, that you might do better heading to Gun Cay/North Cat Cay rather than Bimini. Firstly, N Cat Cay it is a few miles closer. Secondly, there is far less of a mob scene trying to make the place. The North Cat Cay YC has fuel, a small store with essentials if needed and is a port of entry with Immigration and Customs agents on site. A transient slip might be a little costly but spending a night after a long crossing could be worth it and there are a couple of good anchorages nearby--off the Airport at N Cat Cay and at Gun Cay, Honeymoon Harbor. The locale is also a good jumping off point for a transit across the Banks.
For further information, you might click over the ActiveCaptain.com.
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Last edited by svHyLyte; 11-29-2017 at 11:56 AM.
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