First trip to Bimini

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  1. Prattbratt777

    Prattbratt777 Member

    49
    Jul 8, 2016
    Ocala, Fl
    2000 Sea Ray Sundancer 290, Garmin 2210, trailer the boat with 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 6.7l dually
    Twin 5.0 EFI with Bravo II outdrives
    Hey Sea Ray members,
    My wife and I are going to be taking our first trip to Bimini from Miami during May... Just a few weeks away. We'll be taking our 2000 Sea Ray Sundancer 290 and our trip schedule will have us leaving from Bill Bird Marina in Miami Beach via the Bakers Haulove Inlet and heading to Bimini (weather permitting) on Thursday May 12 and returning Tuesday May 16th. Just curious if anyone on the Forum might also be taking a trip to Bimini during that same time.? I'm ready to go but my wife has some butterflies about crossing the Gulf Stream on our own. Might be nice to tag team with someone on The Forum who may be going as well. Worth asking! Thanks for your responses in advance. :)
     
  2. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Good luck! Make sure you take some pictures or videos of the trip. We have a very similar boat and while I'm much to far away to ever make that trip I can't wait to hear how it performs for the crossing.
     
  3. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    I may be interested.....but most likely will be heading over later than that (early June)...where are you staying? Go on the hull truth - under the Florida forum there is a thread entitled official 2017 Bimini thread - a great resource - also, they maintain a calendar of people crossing to link up with a buddy boat - they are not overly sea ray friendly on that site though....
     
  4. Kmackey

    Kmackey New Member

    21
    Feb 6, 2017
    Georgia
    SunDancer 270
    454 merc bravo3
    Not this trip, if you make future crossing I might be down, just bought a 96 270da still going through her to ensure a good trip


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  5. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    922
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Really curious to see how it goes for you! I've got a 260da and wouldn't even consider this trip. Sure the extra length and width and two motors help a LOT though. Best of lucks.

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  6. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    537
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    Crossing is pretty simple. Either way you are only around 25nm off shore.

    We first crossed to Bimini in our 23' Yamaha Jet boat. We left early and cruised at about 25kts.

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  7. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    When I first started reading about it I thought the same thing but once you look at it on a map it doesn't seem like much (weather permitting obviously) We cross lake ontario with our 290 without much thought and it's not much less of a trip as far as distance. Ocean can be worse I'm sure, but the great lakes are no joke either.
     
  8. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    Pratt, The 290 can do that trip EASILY in a good weather window. Key word there is good weather window. Odysea did a bang up job on a previous post or two, explaining
    the nuances of the trip. I wrote a post many years ago for some people crossing it might help also? Do an advanced search and you will find some very good information on the Bimini/Bahamas crossing. Ididntdoit post above is on the money! My first trip was in a GlacierBay 2685 right after Hurricane Opehila(sp). It was a very sporty day to say the least. If you come out of Government Cut in Miami its about 50nm. On a pretty day expect to be out of land sight about an Hour give or take a little. We took that little GB 2685 all the way to Staniel Cay and back. Wait for a good weather window and go. Do not go if its just ok your first time. Be patient for that good weather window and the wife will want you to take her back next month! The actual color change as you hit the Bahamas Banks is magical and almost breath taking. PM me if you should need any further assistance. Great luck and fair winds, JC
     
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  9. Prattbratt777

    Prattbratt777 Member

    49
    Jul 8, 2016
    Ocala, Fl
    2000 Sea Ray Sundancer 290, Garmin 2210, trailer the boat with 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 6.7l dually
    Twin 5.0 EFI with Bravo II outdrives
    We have reservations at Sea Crest Marina
     

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