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Old 01-04-2019, 08:48 AM
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Im renting a house in Russell Island this summer. will be running my 30' Intrepid over, family is flying. was thinking Miami-Chub (overnight/clear customs) -SW,,, is this the recommended route for those that have done this trip? any advice would be appreciated. thank you.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:53 AM
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The trip can be done in one day, I did it on our 31 Contender a few years back. Miami to Chub, cleared customs, then went on to Spanish Wells and stopped there, then went on to Harbor Island. Long run but doable. About 270 miles that day
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:04 AM
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The trip can be done in one day, I did it on our 31 Contender a few years back. Miami to Chub, cleared customs, then went on to Spanish Wells and stopped there, then went on to Harbor Island. Long run but doable. About 270 miles that day
You can clear at Spanish Wells. If you have enough fuel why stop at Chub?
A quicker route is to run to North Rock, get fuel in Bimini if needed, over the bank then just north of Great Harbor you then have a 90 mile run directly east to Spanish Wells.
However, beware of The Devil's Backbone. I hit that reef once and it scared the $hit out of me.
You may want to call for a pilot boat for safe entry into Spanish Wells.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:24 AM
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It's much easier to come in from the south side of Russel/Spanish Wells off the bank - no real hazards on that route and pretty straight shot from Chub. You get a little more protection at the end of the run on the bank vs Open Atlantic and no Devils backbone approach in low light if you arrive late. It would be a super long day to make that run and you will obviously need good weather to complete it.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:38 AM
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I usually make the trip and stop in Bimini to clear. There are so many people going to Bimini, they usually can process the paperwork quickly. Going south to Chub adds maybe 45 minutes to the trip, but maybe you want to fish a little in the Pocket. Going to north rock and going to Great Harbour is a more direct approach. You could fish a bit at Hole in the wall. If you do the Chub side then you can approach Russel Island from the bayside which is calmer (Meeks Patch is where the local pigs are). I can make it from Bimini to Chub, stop for a 45 minute break and then continue to Spanish Wells in about 5 hours when the seas allow me to average 44 mph. Last I checked, Bimini was about 5 cents cheaper on fuel than over in Spanish.
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:01 AM
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thanks guys, exactly the intel I was looking for,,, that northern approach looks nasty,,, would prefer not to stop in Bimini,,, probably stick to original plan via Chub/overnight and approach from the bayside as water looks calmer/safer. does Chub clear you at the marina or do I need to go to airport?
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:02 PM
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I used to make the run to Abaco (250 miles, similar in length) in one day and then decided one time to stop off in Port Lucaya to break it up. I won't do it all in one day anymore because I enjoy dinner and drinks in Lucaya, getting an early start the next day and arriving in Abaco around noon. For the return, we stay in GHC a couple of days, then run past North Rock and right into Coconut Grove. It just makes the trip less stressful and it's a good way to enjoy other spots going over and coming back. I see lots of mixed thoughts on GHC but I enjoy it a lot.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:29 PM
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Anyone that needs, ummm, extra weight for the trip to SW, just let me know.
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thanks guys, exactly the intel I was looking for,,, that northern approach looks nasty,,, would prefer not to stop in Bimini,,, probably stick to original plan via Chub/overnight and approach from the bayside as water looks calmer/safer. does Chub clear you at the marina or do I need to go to airport?
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:58 AM
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We did the run from Port Everglades to Spanish Wells in one day last summer as well. We cleared in Great Harbour and intended to stay the night there but there was not much going on and the seas were favorable so we picked up and continued into Spanish Wells. I agree the southern route south of Bird Island is better for that initial entry as compared to the Devil's backbone entry. With modern electronics however, even that is pretty tame. The run from Spanish Wells to Harbour Island requires a lot more attention and focus, but also manageable with modern electronics and a focused captain. Side note, Spanish Wells is an amazing place with amazing people. Its a great destination. Happy to provide any intel but there are probably more seasoned vets to assist you with that.
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We did the run from Port Everglades to Spanish Wells in one day last summer as well. We cleared in Great Harbour and intended to stay the night there but there was not much going on and the seas were favorable so we picked up and continued into Spanish Wells. I agree the southern route south of Bird Island is better for that initial entry as compared to the Devil's backbone entry. With modern electronics however, even that is pretty tame. The run from Spanish Wells to Harbour Island requires a lot more attention and focus, but also manageable with modern electronics and a focused captain. Side note, Spanish Wells is an amazing place with amazing people. Its a great destination. Happy to provide any intel but there are probably more seasoned vets to assist you with that.

great info thank you! Summer run, mid July. I’m hearing I can run over fairly lite and stock up at the local Food Fair Supermarket,,, pics look like its a real market,,, not having tío fully load the boat with food, drinks, etc is a huge headache eliminated,,,
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Quick update on this. Our trip has moved to early August. After some additional research, will do this run in a day. Plan is Miami-Great Harbour, clear customs (at marina), refuel, run south to Hoffman Cay, cut east and run the 60 miles or so directly into SW from the south. Any feedback on this route would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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If you have time, stop at Hoffman Cay and take a swim in the Blue Hole. Its pretty damn cool. The kids love it. This big kid loves it too.
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Miami-Cat-Chub-Whale and in the backside of SW. Last 2 trips have been under 5 hrs, but the weather needs to cooperate.
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Originally Posted by BSpot View Post
Miami-Cat-Chub-Whale and in the backside of SW. Last 2 trips have been under 5 hrs, but the weather needs to cooperate.
Thanks BSpot much appreciated. my only worry with Chub is gas,,, sometimes yes, sometimes no. GHC seems to always have gas. Have made the trip to GHC many times with the family and know the area well. I can cruise 42-45 but am in a 30 so need to pick my days. ELH flights are fairly cheap so if I need to run over a few days early will do that, fly back and fly in with the family. That was always one of the problems with GHC, the flights in and out where spotty and pricey. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by lagarto View Post
Thanks BSpot much appreciated. my only worry with Chub is gas,,, sometimes yes, sometimes no. GHC seems to always have gas. Have made the trip to GHC many times with the family and know the area well. I can cruise 42-45 but am in a 30 so need to pick my days. ELH flights are fairly cheap so if I need to run over a few days early will do that, fly back and fly in with the family. That was always one of the problems with GHC, the flights in and out where spotty and pricey. Thanks.
Note: There are two daily flights, 6 days a week, from Nassau to Great Harbor and back. Also, Tropic Ocean Airways is now serving Great Harbor 4 times a week.
In Spanish Wells, you may already know this, contact Capt Deek for fishing.
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\QUOTE=cntdr;12486962]
In Spanish Wells, you may already know this, contact Capt Deek for fishing.[/QUOTE]


This^^^^^^^^^^^
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Thanks, no actually hadn’t heard of Capt Deek and will look him up,,,
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I will be there when you arrive, leaving a few weeks earlier. Run non-stop, clear when you get to SW. Its 225 miles, do not stop, fuel gets low millage increases. I made it on 135 gallons the last 2 trips, 7 to 9 hours on the average. Go north of chub if its calm and south if its not. its a great place, let me know if you need anything.
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[QUOTE=lagarto;12486617]Thanks BSpot much appreciated. my only worry with Chub is gas,,,

Top off in Cat and you will have plenty to get to SW. No reason to stop at Chub. Bernard is the dockmaster.
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