Trip to Bahamas

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by shiprekd, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. shiprekd

    shiprekd New Member

    Jun 14, 2016
    United States
    2003 amberjack 290
    5.0 bravo III's
    Thinking about taking a trip to the bahamas from Miami. Has anyone done it before in a 29'?
  2. Prattbratt777

    Prattbratt777 Member

    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
    Hopefully someone will respond to this thread. We have a 290DA and want to embark on the same adventures but it sure would be nice to have a voice of experience give some guidance/suggestions.
  3. 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
    Search for a thread by Randy Bieber – Odyssey. Or contact him via PM

    A Guide for Boating to and from the Bahamas
  4. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
  5. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    Where are you thinking? Bimini? West End? Lucaya? Ho long of a trip? When?
  6. Mystic Dreamer

    Mystic Dreamer Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2006 44DA
    Cummins QSC-500
    No problem in a 290 DA as long as you pick your weather window. Bimini may be your best destination to get your Bahamas experience. It is less than 50nm from Miami and I have seen people cross on jet skis and even jet boats! In my opinion, the most favorable wind patterns are summer... typically a SE or E flow at 15 knots or less. (although I just came back on Sunday and it was gusting 20 from the east). The gulf stream may be intimidating, but not a problem as long as you are prepared. Make sure your boat maintenance is top notch, and be sure to have all of your safety gear in good order (including an EPIRB). Many boats cross from Miami to Bimini each weekend so you may even find a "buddy boat" to follow along with.

    Pick up Explorer Charts "Near Bahamas" Chartbook ( as it is filled with crossing tips, waypoints, routes, detailed charts, etc. Their website is a great resource as well. If you are planning on venturing to the Abacos (one of my favorite cruising destinations other than the Exumas) get Steve Dodge's Cruising Guide to Abaco. Both of these publications are excellent.

    I just spent nearly two months cruising from Northern Bahamas to Exuma's, so happy to answer any specific questions.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2016
  7. SeaRayEddie

    SeaRayEddie New Member

    Oct 25, 2017
    310 SeaRay Sundancer 2001
    Twin Mercruiser 350
    looking to form a flotilla in June, bimini or west end, if anyone interested.
    I have a SunDancer 310, maiden voyage.

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