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Old 03-27-2019, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by chester22 View Post
What are my best weather sources if I wanna cross in a small 21' boat?
I think Buoyweather.com and Ventusky are pretty accurate. We crossed Friday and it was a bit rougher then most others forecasted. Those two seemed to be the closest for the trip there and back.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:34 AM
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Parking your boat and trailer when going to Bimini!

I posted almost this similar post last year. Thought I would post again for the folks who will ask again in the near future! Parking for Bimini

Crandon Park and marina
7200 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-1281
Very nice facility. Ice, snacks, good fuel, clean bathrooms & safe place to launch and store your rig for a week. Probably don’t have to worry about finding a spot unless on a major holiday like July 4th etc. Very easy to navigate to Bimini after you launch. Shortest distance from the US to Bimini.

Harbour Towne Marina
801 Northeast Third Street
Dania Beach, Florida 33004
(954) 926-0300
Very Nice facility. Ice, snacks, fuel, clean bathrooms & safe place to launch and store your rig for a week. Slots can be limited, and reservations are not accepted. Probably 15 miles further away from Bimini than Crandon. However, you get to bypass Miami traffic. Which could save you stress and time in the end.

Just my observations. I am not sponsored by THT and I have not been nominated by the group as an official spokesperson. Warning to all who are triggered easily or have anxiety when it comes to poor grammar.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by chester22 View Post
What are my best weather sources if I wanna cross in a small 21' boat?
Here's a post I made in last year's thread:
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I'm just repeating what I've heard on here many times before: Everyone says that all the different sites use the same NOAA data and then parse it different ways.

Having said that, I'm a weirdo and if I'm making a crossing I'll have 20 different weather tabs open and check them a milion times.

I usually look at:
  1. wind finder near where I'm leaving from (Boca Raton for me)
    1. https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/...on_south_beach
  2. wind finder near Bimini
    1. https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/...mini_kitebeach
  3. buoy weather here
    1. 26.33219152718315 / -80.00450134277344 Marine Weather Forecast | Buoyweather
  4. buoy weather there
    1. 25.721353745489864 / -79.32334899902342 Marine Weather Forecast | Buoyweather
  5. buoy weather half way between the ports (mid-stream)
    1. 25.959279413126282 / -79.66873168945312 Marine Weather Forecast | Buoyweather
  6. passageweather.com
    1. https://www.passageweather.com/
  7. BarometerBob (especially if I'm going to the Abacos)
    1. Barometer Bob - Abacos, Bahamas
  8. two different NOAA forecast locations
    1. National Weather Service
    2. National Weather Service
But, again, I'm probably a loon... so, not necessarily recommending that. Just telling you what I do.

Best of luck and be safe!

Jeff

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Hope that helps.

Jeff
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:56 PM
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You are not a loon. Crossed over on Sunday and returned today. Yes today. Omg bad both ways. I checked 3 sources and wished I checked more. I'll just say this, a 60+ sport fish was leaving the channel and I hailed to ask if he was headed to PE. He was headed to WPB. Told me don't do it. Should have listened. 3 hour washing machine. Solo. Advice to all reading, wait for a good window and buddy boat
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:33 PM
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I recommend crossing tomorrow. The forecast looks great.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by chester22 View Post
I recommend crossing tomorrow. The forecast looks great.


You must mean in a plane
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by jCane13 View Post
You must mean in a jumbo-jet
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:06 AM
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Hey everyone,

Know it's a (very) long shot, but does anyone have a beat on a reasonably priced place to stay for Memorial Day weekend?

I have a buddy who really wants to go for two nights so I'm scrambling.

Seacrest and BlueWater are booked solid. None of the options on AirBnB look promising (either too small (we're 6 people), too expensive or don't have a dock).

Big Game still has rooms, but they have a three night minimum and it's pretty expensive ($309 per night per room, $2.50/ft/night for a slip plus taxes).

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-30-2019, 12:35 PM
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We called harbor town. they said we cannot keep the boat on the trailer overnight the day before we launch. Do you guys know a hotel that has boat parking or any other suggestions?

FYI, there is a Motel 6 with a big parking lot right around the corner from Harbor Towne. Now, it is pretty much what you would expect for a Motel 6 but we stay there sometimes the night before leaving. Park the boat pretty much right outside the room and we are usually there maybe 8-10 hours before we leave so who cares. It has been clean and we haven't had any issues. I know we have a lot of princesses on THT who might not want to stay in a place like this.(before someone gripes, tongue is firmly in cheek)
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Old 04-01-2019, 02:01 PM
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Is Bimini Sands renting their docks? How do you contact them? What is the depth of the channel as you approach the boat basin? Looking to dock a 54' boat with a 4' 6" draft
there for a few days.
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Not sure but I did call and leave a message but never heard back a few weeks ago regarding condo rentals so we are now staying at Resorts World. Plenty of depth and space and they do rent slips. Some are on airbnb 305-374-6664
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:50 PM
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Is Bimini Sands renting their docks? How do you contact them? What is the depth of the channel as you approach the boat basin? Looking to dock a 54' boat with a 4' 6" draft
there for a few days.
Yes they are. Send an e-mail to donnyroberts48@yahoo.com. This will go straight to the Dock Master. Your boat will be just fine going in to the Marina at Bimini Sands.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:29 PM
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What he said. Donnie will take care of you.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:55 AM
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Hey guys. Crossing over in 10 days or so and I'm looking for info on best areas to spearfish. I don't mind towing around, so just need some "jumping off places." I'll probably head south, and have some numbers for Victory Reef. Is that a good spot? Is that about 20 miles south of Bimini?

I'm a solid diver and can dive deep, but prefer to keep it under 60 feet. Thanks guys!
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Old 04-03-2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
FYI, there is a Motel 6 with a big parking lot right around the corner from Harbor Towne. Now, it is pretty much what you would expect for a Motel 6 but we stay there sometimes the night before leaving. Park the boat pretty much right outside the room and we are usually there maybe 8-10 hours before we leave so who cares. It has been clean and we haven't had any issues. I know we have a lot of princesses on THT who might not want to stay in a place like this.(before someone gripes, tongue is firmly in cheek)
I was going to mention the Mote 6 but I know a lot of guys scoff..... we “stayed” there last year on departure. Actually, we just got a room for everyone to get a little shut eye while I worked on getting the boat loaded and ready for an early departure. The staff was very accommodating and even moved their vehicle so that we could park up front in front of the office. There was pee in the stool upon arrival and a Texas sized cockroach apparently my wife encountered. I’m no princess but I would have questioned the cleanliness after that and would have been pretty uneasy about sleeping in the bed. But “fortunately” for me I pulled an al nighter to be ready to go at first light.... only to be delayed due to weather lol. Location is very convenient though.
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Old 04-03-2019, 12:23 PM
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I know this has been discussed (couldn't find the thread) but, I want to check in at the airport for the 1st time. Can the folks at sands get us a car or ride to the airport?

I know where customs is on the north island, but for giggles I want to check in at the airport. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-03-2019, 12:32 PM
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Just remember, planes have priority over boats at the airport so it is not always faster...
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They can get you a ride to the airport, cost 10 bucks if I recall correctly. And as said, if there's a plane just come in your going to wait.
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Originally Posted by Shooter_McGavin View Post
Hey guys. Crossing over in 10 days or so and I'm looking for info on best areas to spearfish. I don't mind towing around, so just need some "jumping off places." I'll probably head south, and have some numbers for Victory Reef. Is that a good spot? Is that about 20 miles south of Bimini?

I'm a solid diver and can dive deep, but prefer to keep it under 60 feet. Thanks guys!
Yes the Victory Reefs are really nice, but you don't have to run that far south to find places to spearfish. There are 2 mooring balls for the Victory reef tract (North and South ones). There are another set of Balls at the Tuna Alley reef off of the Cat Cays. These mooring balls are all set at or near the edge of where the reef drops off from around 50' to 80+. These areas are almost ALWAYS in the Gulf Stream current. This makes the visibility normally unlimited which is part of what makes these spectacular dive locations. You must drift dive these locations or you WILL be swept away from your boat. There are people who will hang off of lines while tethered to the balls and hunt in chum slicks, but you must have someone on the boat because if you lose it you WILL NOT be able to swim against these currents for more than a brief period.

Well north of these areas there are plenty of good bottom areas where you can hunt. The bottom gets especially good from Gun Cay South, but there are plenty of other areas North that are well worth your time. Just look for rich bottom contour and check it out. The cuts between the rock islets on the edge of the bank can also be reasonable to hunt - especially on the outgoing tides when predators are feeding on the outflow. The cuts are best when you are the first person there - otherwise the fish will have been spooked and move.

Reminder that you must use ONLY Hawaiian slings or Pole Spears - if you get caught with a spear gun you will get in serious trouble, so don't do it. Customs will ask you when you clear in if you have any spear guns. You also cannot use spears and scuba or compressed air at the same time. Be especially careful for Sharks - the area can be very sharky and once you have made a kill your clock is running in that area. We try to get the fish out of the water immediately. Once the sharks arrive you are done and have to move.
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Originally Posted by eric.reedy View Post
Yes the Victory Reefs are really nice, but you don't have to run that far south to find places to spearfish. There are 2 mooring balls for the Victory reef tract (North and South ones). There are another set of Balls at the Tuna Alley reef off of the Cat Cays. These mooring balls are all set at or near the edge of where the reef drops off from around 50' to 80+. These areas are almost ALWAYS in the Gulf Stream current. This makes the visibility normally unlimited which is part of what makes these spectacular dive locations. You must drift dive these locations or you WILL be swept away from your boat. There are people who will hang off of lines while tethered to the balls and hunt in chum slicks, but you must have someone on the boat because if you lose it you WILL NOT be able to swim against these currents for more than a brief period.

Well north of these areas there are plenty of good bottom areas where you can hunt. The bottom gets especially good from Gun Cay South, but there are plenty of other areas North that are well worth your time. Just look for rich bottom contour and check it out. The cuts between the rock islets on the edge of the bank can also be reasonable to hunt - especially on the outgoing tides when predators are feeding on the outflow. The cuts are best when you are the first person there - otherwise the fish will have been spooked and move.

Reminder that you must use ONLY Hawaiian slings or Pole Spears - if you get caught with a spear gun you will get in serious trouble, so don't do it. Customs will ask you when you clear in if you have any spear guns. You also cannot use spears and scuba or compressed air at the same time. Be especially careful for Sharks - the area can be very sharky and once you have made a kill your clock is running in that area. We try to get the fish out of the water immediately. Once the sharks arrive you are done and have to move.
Thanks! good info. What type and size fish can I expect to get in those areas? I hunt West End and Grande a lot, so I'm not new to using a polespear.
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