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The ride was a bit rough over... I had to head a bit farther north so we could motorsail without flogging our sails to death. Wind was highly variable between 10-20kts, usually around the 14-17 area. Waves in the morning leaving Biscayne were 4-5ft and short period, so we were pounding for a while. We hit a few 8-9 footers, but that's to be expected on a day with 4-5 footers. I'm glad we took our dorades off and sealed 'em up. The waves actually moderated by the afternoon and became more like 2-3ft. We ended up grounding Pelican trying to get into Bimini Sands Marina at dead low tide (go figure), so we headed south 10 miles to Gun Cay. We dropped the hook in a completely unprotected bay, but it was forecast to be a calm night. That would be why we got hit by a 39.5kt gust and winds were running 20-25kts all night and stirring up a commensurate sea state. It was not a good night, but our Rocna held strong in the sand and we didn't budge at all. I ended up sleeping in the cockput since I couldn't get to sleep in our V-Berth (we were "getting air" off the waves). Today we headed back up to South Bimini, launched the dinghy (not easy to launch a 180lb dinghy off the foredeck and a 120lb motor off of the aft deck when there's seas) and sounded our way in using a handheld depthfinder. And here we are... we put up a blog post at s/v Pelican - Following A Dream.
 

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Well done, Chris and family!

Sorry about the bumpy night, hopefully you'll make up for it with some restful days now....
 

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Great news...or should I say chubby news.

Your blogs an inspiration to us still tethered to J-O-B-S
 

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This is funny, I just found your thread where you decide to go. Then I realized at the end that it was you waiting to cross, and I asked where you would go, and now you are in Bimini.

CONGRADULATIONS....I love the Bahamas, and Bimini is only the door. After you pass Nassau it just get lovlier. Some prefer the Abacos, but my preference is the Exumas.....DO NOT miss the Aquarium in the Exumas.....i2f
 

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We thought that channel entrance was a little treacherous as well. We slipped through with a 5 foot draft, but the heart rate was definitely up the first time through. We also used another channel with range markers to the south of the cut you used that then parallels the beach, although I have heard it has since shoaled a bit. You might ask around for some local knowledge on that, although you now have the other channel down pat. We got bounced around on Gun Cay too, its not very protected in most wind directions. Have a blast. Fair winds.
 

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Good job Chris, yer livin the dream now! Hope you and the family have a great time.
 

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Sounds like a bouncy ride and a sleep deprived night were well worth the price. Good job Guys. Now, get some sleep and Enjoy yourselves!
 

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Glad to hear you all made it across. When we cleared the channel the winds and waves where a bit rough. So much for the weather forecast. But you made it and hopefully some experience in that crossing. You went straight and I tacked right. It was hard to make that course correction. Rhapsody in Blue wanted to follow you across. It was great seeing the family again. Great raft up and thanks again for dinner. For those don't know Kristen, Chris's better half, she rocks. She climbed my mast to try and feed my new spinnaker halyard, cleaned Pelicans bottom, clean out my speed wheel, cooks wonderfully, and is just one great super person. Chris is great too and so are the kids. The kids have a secret fishing weapon called the Barbie rod. Apparently it has caught more fish than all the other fishing equipment combined.
 

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180 lb dink with a 120 lb motor??? Really? Pix please! Is that beast on davits?

My 9' rib is about 130 lbs or so and my 9.9 hp 2 stroke is about 50 lbs or so...
 

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It's an AB 10' RIB with the double floor and bow locker. The bow locker contains a 30' security cable plus lock, plus a small danforth and 75' of rode, plus flares and a flashlight. The motor is a 20HP Tohatsu 4-stroke. The dinghy lives on our foredeck - no davits. The engine lives on our stern rail, next to a second 6HP engine for our other dinghy (Avon inflatable floor). We installed a crane on the stern to raise and lower the 20HP. We don't have davits. We're very happy with all of our dinghy decisions. The dinghy and engine get all 4 of us on a plane very easily and allow us to travel at 15-20mph. Yesterday we headed down to the wreck of the Saporo to snorkel and it took us 10-15 minutes, and that included going slow in places to watch for shallow water. We used the second dinghy in Charleston when we put a hole in our primary and had to patch it up. It might be cumbersome to launch the primary, but it sure is nice having the fast boat.
 

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Chris- hope you picked up a couple of those blue plastic flying fish things for fishing. Ben (son) has caught so much fish he didn't know what to do with it. Troll at 5 knots+ with about 150' of line out, just so the lure skips on top of the water. Last catch was a 50" Mahi.
 

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You have no idea how cool it was for us to be able to share your trip from North to South. Enjoy the clear water and warm weather, you deserve it and you gave a lot of us a lot to look forward to.

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