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Old 04-25-2019, 11:56 AM
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Just goofing around on Google Maps and noticed what appears to be uninhabited islands about 60 miles from Marathon

Anyone ever been to Cay Sal or Elbows Cay?
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:15 PM
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Never been. I'll be in Marathon next week. If the wind dies down maybe I'll make a day trip over there.
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:25 PM
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Make sure you clear into the Bahamas first before going to Cay Sal.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by loudblack97z71 View Post
Never been. I'll be in Marathon next week. If the wind dies down maybe I'll make a day trip over there.
Best part of the trip if you don’t clear is the all expenses paid weekend in Fox Hill! Then, if you’re lucky, you get to haggle a deal with the Bahamians to get your boat back.
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
Make sure you clear into the Bahamas first before going to Cay Sal.
Where would you do that?
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Guess I'll save that adventure for another trip... Marquesas and Tortugas it is!
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:09 PM
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Search Cay Sal. Lots of posts on here.
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
Make sure you clear into the Bahamas first before going to Cay Sal.
they aren’t playing games with this. Do a search a few arrests last year
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Old 04-25-2019, 02:09 PM
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how for from the bank do the Bahamian waters extend?
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
how for from the bank do the Bahamian waters extend?
Bahamas EEZ
200 nm or half the distance between

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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
Where would you do that?

Bimini would be the closest port of entry.
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by hotfoot5 View Post



Bimini would be the closest port of entry.
Technically Cat Cay is closest but they are private and charge a fee to clear.
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Show me where a recreational fisherman has been detained for being just over half way across? What is typically enforced is 12 NM from the Bahama Bank. I have encountered the CG many times more than half way across and never had an issue.

I have seen them sitting on the edge of the Bahama Bank and stopping boats coming within 12NM to enforce the law.

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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
Technically Cat Cay is closest but they are private and charge a fee to clear.
Truth! Forgot about Cat.
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To visit Cay Sal, one has to clear in at a Bahamas port of entry. The closest is Bimini (or Cat Cay). It's a long run then to Cay Sal. Lots of guys ILLEGALLY run over from Marathon without clearing in. It's dangerous and occasionally boaters get caught. It usually means a long tow to Nassau, a night in jail at Fox Hill, and a $10,000 fine to get your boat back if you are lucky. Plenty of guys who don't clear watch their radar and run out to international waters (12 miles out) if they see something and wait. But IMHO it's a dumb bet. You want to visit the Bahamas -- do the right thing. Clear in legally, get your cruising permit, and then enjoy. It's funny how the guys who don't mind breaking Bahamian law because they don't want the hassle of running to Bimini to clear in legally are the ones who cry loudest "Build that wall" back in the States.
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jillybird, your above thread was very informative and well written until your last sentence re: "the wall". Your wall comment is ill founded and without merit and at best, reflects personal political prejudice.

I personally respect Bahamian law and am in full support of a "wall" or "like" method of tightening our borders. Please note, I do enjoy your posts and believe that in general, you add a lot of positive input to THT.

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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
To visit Cay Sal, one has to clear in at a Bahamas port of entry. The closest is Bimini (or Cat Cay). It's a long run then to Cay Sal. Lots of guys ILLEGALLY run over from Marathon without clearing in. It's dangerous and occasionally boaters get caught. It usually means a long tow to Nassau, a night in jail at Fox Hill, and a $10,000 fine to get your boat back if you are lucky. Plenty of guys who don't clear watch their radar and run out to international waters (12 miles out) if they see something and wait. But IMHO it's a dumb bet. You want to visit the Bahamas -- do the right thing. Clear in legally, get your cruising permit, and then enjoy. It's funny how the guys who don't mind breaking Bahamian law because they don't want the hassle of running to Bimini to clear in legally are the ones who cry loudest "Build that wall" back in the States.
That's quite an assumption. FYI I've legally cleared twice and could not make it to Cay Sal due to weather. I've yet to make it to Cay Sal and I'm only about 60 miles away. I also support the wall and legal immigration. Although, I don't have a wall around my house. Tight lines.
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:31 AM
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Thanks for the info everyone.

Looks like this trip is not going to be possible due to the distance to a location to check in with Bahamian authorities
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Old 04-26-2019, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
Bahamas EEZ
200 nm or half the distance between

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I guess I never thought about how close Bahamian waters where to the Keys. So out of Marathon your good out to around 30-35 miles? Hell we have to run about 400 miles south here to worry about MEX..
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Don't worry.. In the very near future - ALL fishing, spearfishing will be strictly prohibited there as it is going to be a MPA or Marine Protected Area. It has already been proposed and accepted but not enacted yet. The majority of the fishing done there is poaching by Cuba, DR, Haiti currently and the Bahamians have little resource to stop it. The USCG patrols constantly due to the immigrants that stop there attempting to get to the US or further up in the Bahamian chain until they can attempt an illegal crossing. I have been lucky enough to have been there several times in the last 25 years (legally). Water is amazingly clear. Lobsters come out to battle with you and the fishing is off the chart. But again, lots of pressure from smack boats from other countries harvesting thousands of pounds of whatever they can catch. If you have the ability to go there, do so now.
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