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Old 12-12-2016, 12:06 PM   #1
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So I've been approached by a few friends of mine who are in the middle of planning a trip to Abacos for July 2017. They are all ski riders that average 150-200 miles for every trip they do... not your typical in the way group. I used to do several rides with them, but let's face it, the boat bug bit me and sold the skis.

Last time I did a trip with them was from Haulover Pass to Bimini on ski's... now that was fun.
Anyways, currently it seems there is about 9-10 of them currently planning on going. I've been thinking about taking my new BX24 – I’ve seen it done and it has the range, but I’m not 100% on board yet – or I’ll be using my uncle’s 27 Gamefish.

They are currently looking for other boats to join as well. Is anyone considering a slower paced crossing and spending a few days in Abacos? More the merrier.
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We will be but in early June - weather permitting - and from Harbour Towne. My plans are on this site's calendar.
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We are booked for last week of July thru first week of August, staying on elbow cay. Leaving out of vero beach, crusing speed around 30
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Hey Apollo - my wife and I have actually discussed doing this. I'm somewhat hesitant though given our boat size - 22' bay boat. However, with the little research I've done so far it seems the summer time would be the best weather wise. Then if we were able to go with a group, perhaps I could be convinced to make the run.

I'll keep following the thread and definitely consider it....we're in the Tampa Bay area also.
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If the timing works I may join. A very very maybe all depends on our move timeframe and getting the boat over there.
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We are heading over 6/12-20 to marsh on our Gamefish 30.
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Hey Apollo - my wife and I have actually discussed doing this. I'm somewhat hesitant though given our boat size - 22' bay boat. However, with the little research I've done so far it seems the summer time would be the best weather wise. Then if we were able to go with a group, perhaps I could be convinced to make the run.

I'll keep following the thread and definitely consider it....we're in the Tampa Bay area also.
I've made the run on a jet ski before, so no worries there. 😂

A 22 is a little small for the trip, but with the right group and prep, you should be ok. We are probably taking our 24, so not much bigger there.

How much fuel do you hold? Our longest run between fuel stops will be about 80~ miles.
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I'll keep an eye on this... I have a Shamrock 246 open with a diesel. I have plenty of range. Something I've been looking at doing
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Our longest run between fuel stops will be about 80~ miles.
Just out of curiosity; Where do you fill up after West End? Great Sale Cay is 60 miles, and Little Abaco Island is another 40. That's 100 miles. I'm not aware of a gas stop inbetween.
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80 NM West End to Spanish Cay. Fuel there. Another 20NM to Green Turtle.
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Maybe we can just raft up and party all the way there
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80 NM West End to Spanish Cay. Fuel there. Another 20NM to Green Turtle.
Ah I was looking at land miles.
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I've made the run on a jet ski before, so no worries there. 😂

A 22 is a little small for the trip, but with the right group and prep, you should be ok. We are probably taking our 24, so not much bigger there.

How much fuel do you hold? Our longest run between fuel stops will be about 80~ miles.
I would agree and the only way we would consider would be with a group.

~70 gallons...somewhere around 2.5-3.5mpg depending on speed/conditions.
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I would agree and the only way we would consider would be with a group.

~70 gallons...somewhere around 2.5-3.5mpg depending on speed/conditions.
You should be good to go! The plan is to run at whatever speed is the best for the person that carries the least amount of fuel.
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Heading over to treasure cay may 10-21. Looking for buddy's boat(S). Leaving out of Stuart.
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I'll keep an eye on this... I have a Shamrock 246 open with a diesel. I have plenty of range. Something I've been looking at doing
I've always loved those Shamrock's. Cool rig!
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I've always loved those Shamrock's. Cool rig!
Where do you plan on trailering to on the east coast? How many days you looking to be gone? Might be something to consider. Need to get pass port though.
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Where do you plan on trailering to on the east coast? How many days you looking to be gone? Might be something to consider. Need to get pass port though.
Here is what I've copied over from the group's FB page.

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Passport Required
Currently, all persons (even newborns) traveling internationally by air or sea are required to have a valid U.S. passport to enter the U.S.
Learn more:
https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens
http://www.bahamas.com/entry-requirements
Boynton Beach Hotel 14JUL
Hampton Inn and Suites is in a good location to the Harvey Oyer Ramp, about 5 miles from it. There is plenty of trailer parking as well as grocery/shopping/restaurants nearby. Good rates on various booking sites.
Boynton Beach, Harvey Oyer Ramp: http://www.boynton-beach.org/departm...ach_access.php
Looks like there will be a $10 launch fee for Saturday. Plenty of trailer parking, secure.
Bahama entry fee is $150 for boats up to 35 feet in length.
http://www.bahamas.com/faq/entering-exiting-policies
Treasure Cay Condos through VRBO 15-21Jul, click the link:
https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rental...ate=2017-07-21
Some of these units have a boat slip included. Please check on their ability to accommodate your boat or a few jetskis.
Also, check out Bahama Beach Club: http://bahamabeachclub.com/
Treasure Cay Marina: https://treasurecay.com/marina/
Slip fee is per foot for boats.
$10.00/day per jetski, we rent a slip and tie up as many skis as comfortably fit. We may need several slips for this.
Cliff Bootle, cbootle@treasurecay.com 954-636-2776, marina manager
Reserve in advance.
Freeport Hotel/Marina 21July
Ocean Reef Resort and Marina: rooms available
http://www.oryc.com/index.php?page=4
They will let us use their slips for the jetskis, $45/slip max 3 skis per slip. Boat slip is also $45. Reserve in advance. Rooms available at booking.com starting at $126.00 for up to 4 in the room.
Near to Ocean Reef is Dolphin Cove, also has a marina. http://www.dolphincovebahamas.com/
Island Palm Marina Villas also in this area. https://www.islandseas.com/
Use booking.com or hotels.com (trivago, travelocity, expedia, etc) to find best rate or availability.
Less expensive accommodations may be available in Freeport but marina space is limited in these less expensive options.
Fuel pricing: http://www.waterwayguide.com/wg/fuel-pricing/9
Fox Town, Little Abaco fuel stop not listed but the marina offers fuel, price is probably in the ballpark of the rest of the marinas.
Trip route:
Depart Boynton Beach Saturday morning at sunrise. First stop, West End, Grand Bahama for registration and fuel.
Next stop Fox Town marina for lunch and fuel.
From there to Treasure Cay Marina.
Return from Treasure Cay:
Departing Treasure Cay Friday, July 21 to Freeport. July 22 departing Freeport for Boynton Beach.
Please know, weather plays a major factor in this return route. It is possible to return from Freeport direct to Boynton Beach, distance is about 80 miles. Extra fuel will be required.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
Electric operated fuel pump and aux gas tank.
VHF Radio for each rider. Ear piece optional, we haven't found one yet that really is waterproof.
All equipment required per boating/jetski regulations.
Snack/energy bars and water for breaks on the way.
At least 2 riders/boats should have necessary tools. The group should coordinate to carry extra oil, spark plugs, fuses, clamps, back up battery pumps/hose, etc.
Recommended safety gear:
Safety Sausage: http://www.scuba-diving-smiles.com/safety-sausage.html
Personal locating device, ie SPOT, Aqualink PLB, etc.
Jetski equipment: extra (long) lines, gps, wet compass.
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You should be good to go! The plan is to run at whatever speed is the best for the person that carries the least amount of fuel.
Sounds good to me as I'm sure we'd be one of the slowest

Thanks for the additional info. Even spoke to the wife some more about it tonight and she's on board

Definitely a bucket list trip so hopefully the timing works out.
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Oh to be young again!
I have made dozens of trips to the Abacos in various size boats and can't remember catching flat sea condition on both ends of the trip. Numerous trips I just wanted to click my heels and be back in ''Kansas".

This is one of those ideas that sounds great on paper and around the table at the bar but the reality can be quite different.
Good luck and keep this thread updated, would love to follow along...on the web!
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