Guidelines for going to and from the Bahamas

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by Odyssey, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Hello everyone. While planning for our trip to Bimini in May, I was asked to put together a fact sheet for boaters looking to visit the Bahamas. I put this document together from my own experiences, help from my fellow boaters and information available on the internet. This Guideline is available on a MS Word format or pdf, just shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to send you the latest version. My hope is to update this Guideline as things change so it will be a resource for everyone. The Guideline is not geared specifically to certain locations, just the process and procedures for making a safe crossing. Feel free to provide additional information any time.

    NOTE - the pages shown below are not the most current Guide, they were the first version. The most current updated Guide will be sent when requested.



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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  2. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Is it just me, but can't see info just "?"
     
  3. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    I don't know if it is because I am the OP but there are 11 pages of documents on the post (that is on my screen)
     
  4. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2013 - Mercury 280 RIB Dink 8'10"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    FWIW, I can see it without any issues. We can't make the trip unfortunately :smt089, but have to say some of you guys have really put some effort and work into it and this indepth guide is no exception. It's full of interesting useful stuff, thanks anyway, will no doubt be useful for other trips too. Well done! Hope you all have a safe and wonderful trip:)
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  5. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Must have been the kindle I was using. I see the info here. Great info by the way. I'm going to sticky it.
    Do you think we should leave it in the area or move it the general area. IMHO I think it would be best in the area let me know
    if you want me to move it.
    Thanks Chuck
     
  6. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    I don't know where the best place for it would be. My initial thought was SE because of the proximity to the Bahamas. Funny thing....The requests for the document so far came from people out of state.

    I'm good with where ever it is
     
  7. surfinjoe

    surfinjoe New Member

    946
    Feb 23, 2007
    Michigan
    220 Sundeck 2007
    350 MAG w/Bravo III
    I would love to make that trip, but I need a bigger boat!
     
  8. Lucky's

    Lucky's New Member

    May 25, 2010
    Jupiter, FL
    2006 320DA w/Black hull;
    (2) 2016 3-up Seadoo Sparks
    350 Mercruiser MPI V drives
    Great info and write up. Thanks Randy!
     
  9. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    my pleasure guys.
     
  10. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    trailer that thing down here and let's go. all you need is calm seas and a buddy boat (see Chapter 3)
     
  11. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    I think all Bahama trips should be one way. We will do it in 4 more years
     
  12. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    you and me both!
     
  13. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    Randy, Great job! I am going to use this guide as my go to check out list
    for crossing over this fall. Thanks for all your hard work, it is truly appreciated. JC
     
  14. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    You're welcome!
     
  15. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Thanks Randy,

    I've filed this under my "bucket list" file - hopefully sooner rather than later!
     
  16. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Same here... Shaun???
     
  17. Lucky's

    Lucky's New Member

    May 25, 2010
    Jupiter, FL
    2006 320DA w/Black hull;
    (2) 2016 3-up Seadoo Sparks
    350 Mercruiser MPI V drives
    It's on my very soon to do list. I'm waiting for you to trailer yours down so you can go with me! ;)


    Shaun
    Sent from my iPhone
     
  18. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet New Member

    16
    Oct 23, 2012
    Florida
    Sundancer
    Cummins
  19. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    LONG ISLAND SOUND
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    Randy, great job and there is very much in this that pertains to any long trip. thanks
     
  20. Odyssey

    Odyssey Active Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Thank you. I am working on a food provisions list that help with longer trips
     

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