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Old 02-11-2019, 07:38 PM
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The most direct route from LWI is to Treasure is goin through West End. Going through the waterway will probably add 40 miles with 35 of that being offshore. The bank can get pretty snotty when the winds kick up. A West wind (following sea) isn’t to bad, anything else can stack up a pretty nast chop.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:13 AM
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anyone have a place to keep launch and leave your trailer for the week that is secure. I do not care which inlet of the 3 closest. Just want to be secure for 2 trailers 31ft boats. We are going July 2nd. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:20 PM
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Flying to Marsh Harbor at the end of April and doing some island hopping. Can anyone recommend a charter guide for offshore fishing trips? What's biting around then?
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:49 PM
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So do you think it was quicker? Or hard to tell with those conditions? I guess that raises another question, I didn’t think the north bank got too rough. What winds should we be monitoring for that run?
I broke the trip up into 2 legs had my Wife and 2 kids with me, ages 3 and 7. We stayed the night in Freeport it was definitely quicker to cut through the waterway. The ride on the bank wasn't necessarily rough. Just WET. I was able to run 27mph most of the way in a 25'er. Lots of spray blowing back across the boat. Crossing was beautiful from west palm though.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:10 AM
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Ok I have a place in Jupiter Inlet area to keep our trailers. Does anyone have any information on dockage for the night for 2 boats. Marinas, docks, etc? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:20 AM
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It’s funny how making the crossing can be like glass and then you hit the bank and it becomes very choppy. In the summer of 2017 that’s exactly what it was like…we were getting beat up by nasty little choppy waves all across the bank but the ride across had been smooth. Then, last summer, the Gulfstream was supposed to be less than 1’ on our crossing but as we headed northeast past Miami Beach, I picked up three different cell systems on XM Weather and verified with radar. Halfway to Port Lucaya, we were in 4-6 footers. We stayed the night and I shot the video (above) the next morning… the bank was flat calm all the way to guana.



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Old 02-13-2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by bcnucs View Post
Ok I have a place in Jupiter Inlet area to keep our trailers. Does anyone have any information on dockage for the night for 2 boats. Marinas, docks, etc? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
where are you parking trucks and trailers if you don’t mind me asking?
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:32 AM
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It’s funny how making the crossing can be like glass and then you hit the bank and it becomes very choppy. In the summer of 2017 that’s exactly what it was like…we were getting beat up by nasty little choppy waves all across the bank but the ride across had been smooth. Then, last summer, the Gulfstream was supposed to be less than 1’ on our crossing but as we headed northeast past Miami Beach, I picked up three different cell systems on XM Weather and verified with radar. Halfway to Port Lucaya, we were in 4-6 footers. We stayed the night and I shot the video (above) the next morning… the bank was flat calm all the way to guana.



It was the opposite for us in 2017.
Gulf Stream was forcasted at 2’ and was actually less, except for the last 10 miles heading into a cell tha was stuck over West End. Had 3’ washing machine with whitecaps as far as the eye could see.
Once we cleared customs we moved on onto the bank. It rained fairly hard, but the bank was as flat as can be. We eventually stopped at Spanish because the visibility in the rain became less than 100’
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MiamiJay View Post
It’s funny how making the crossing can be like glass and then you hit the bank and it becomes very choppy. In the summer of 2017 that’s exactly what it was like…we were getting beat up by nasty little choppy waves all across the bank but the ride across had been smooth. Then, last summer, the Gulfstream was supposed to be less than 1’ on our crossing but as we headed northeast past Miami Beach, I picked up three different cell systems on XM Weather and verified with radar. Halfway to Port Lucaya, we were in 4-6 footers. We stayed the night and I shot the video (above) the next morning… the bank was flat calm all the way to guana.




Been going to the Bahamas for over 20 years by boat and can count on one hand the number of trips where it was flat both ways.
Last year we thought we were going to catch a break on the return...finally. Bank was a lake. When we arrived at White Sands I looked to the horizon and could not believe what I saw.
The dreaded "marching elephants'' indicative of a turbulent Gulf Stream.

Weather was beautiful, but there was a light (less than 5knt) breeze directly out of the north. Rare for the mid summer months. Sure enough, it was enough to stack up the stream into a 3' washing machine. Ugh, slugged it out all the way to the western edge where it laid back down flat again.

This year we are all flying and renting a boat. Looking forward to that!
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:56 AM
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Been going to the Bahamas for over 20 years by boat and can count on one hand the number of trips where it was flat both ways.
Last year we thought we were going to catch a break on the return...finally. Bank was a lake. When we arrived at White Sands I looked to the horizon and could not believe what I saw.
The dreaded "marching elephants'' indicative of a turbulent Gulf Stream.

Weather was beautiful, but there was a light (less than 5knt) breeze directly out of the north. Rare for the mid summer months. Sure enough, it was enough to stack up the stream into a 3' washing machine. Ugh, slugged it out all the way to the western edge where it laid back down flat again.

This year we are all flying and renting a boat. Looking forward to that!
It’s great hearing everyone’s experience. Much appreciated! I’m expecting the crossing to be sporty, at best, and a 10 knot slop fest at worst. However after picking up the fam I am hopeful the bank will be “bay like” choppy at worst. I’m in a 32’ so bay chop is doable with the family, but stacked up 3’s will turn 5 adventure filled nights in Abaco into a waiting game at the West End.

The admiral is beautiful and relaxed on calm seas but not so much when things turn rough. We’re a Seakeeper commercial waiting to happen. My next stop after this post will be Bahamas air dot com.
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:34 PM
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Dutch, I see you are going in March. It most likely will be windy (March Winds) so plan accordingly.

If it's feasible, fly the ladies into Treasure. The girls in our travel group always fly on our trips. They have been over on the boat before but now will only fly.

I'm assuming you are on a CC. If so have an enclosure or ''wings'' fabricated for your console area. I can take the ride of rough seas but the constant spray in my face is a punishment I can no longer endure. Had the enclosure made and all is good now! Bean Bag chairs for the kids.

Give yourself a weather day on either end of your trip and keep an eye on the front pattern. They usually run in 5-7 day intervals. (usually).

Temps should be in the upper 70's to low 80's and if the sun is shining all the better!

Good luck!
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:21 AM
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I was looking through our pics from last year which was our first trip to abaco. All my memories were great. We had a almost perfect trip except for the burnt out wheel bearing. We drove too fast and didn't allow enough travel time. This year we will have more time and are bringing our girls 10 and 13 yrs.We were missing them after 10 days.Got all new hubs and spindles again. Cant wait until june1st.

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I was looking through our pics from last year which was our first trip to abaco. All my memories were great. We had a almost perfect trip except for the burnt out wheel bearing. We drove too fast and didn't allow enough travel time. This year we will have more time and are bringing our girls 10 and 13 yrs.We were missing them after 10 days.Got all new hubs and spindles again. Cant wait until june1st.
where are you leaving from and where are you going?
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:44 AM
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L W I. To treasure for all the normal island hopping and snorkeling with a little fishing .want to show the kids everything we saw last year plus some
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:01 AM
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Heading to the Abacos, Treasure Cay rented a Condo with a dock leaving May 17th-25th. Live in Cali trailering my boat back mid April. I've done Staniel 3 times, Bimini several times, Freeport once, the keys several times. First time to Abacos, leaving out of Ft Lauderdale. Planning on west end and over, has anyone stayed at the Blue Marlin resort? My condo rental starts the 18th and need somewhere to stay the night of the 17th. Any suggestions, a little worried about Ole Bahamian Bay and the drama that's going on.

We were thinking of going to Bimini for the night, miss me some Ediths pizza, but looking at the route seems like its adding a lot more miles that way to the trip. Suggestions?

Is Freeport-West end a good semi half way point or should I try and pick something up in the Abacos and make it in one day, 34 NT with trips, I've done Staniel in one day before.

I hear the Abacos is very nice but way more "commercialized" then Staniel. Any areas to see that would feel like Staniel?

Planning on doing a lot of spearing-fishing if any one has any spots they want to divulge, thanks in advance.
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:35 AM
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Heading to the Abacos, Treasure Cay rented a Condo with a dock leaving May 17th-25th. Live in Cali trailering my boat back mid April. I've done Staniel 3 times, Bimini several times, Freeport once, the keys several times. First time to Abacos, leaving out of Ft Lauderdale. Planning on west end and over, has anyone stayed at the Blue Marlin resort? My condo rental starts the 18th and need somewhere to stay the night of the 17th. Any suggestions, a little worried about Ole Bahamian Bay and the drama that's going on.

We were thinking of going to Bimini for the night, miss me some Ediths pizza, but looking at the route seems like its adding a lot more miles that way to the trip. Suggestions?

Is Freeport-West end a good semi half way point or should I try and pick something up in the Abacos and make it in one day, 34 NT with trips, I've done Staniel in one day before.

I hear the Abacos is very nice but way more "commercialized" then Staniel. Any areas to see that would feel like Staniel?

Planning on doing a lot of spearing-fishing if any one has any spots they want to divulge, thanks in advance.
our 1st trip last year went to treasure in one day on 29 express cruising 27 knots. Took us all day we kept stoping getting out and snorkeling just made a fun day of it .to the west end that's the shortest part of the trip. I have toured the exumas before on guided boat.my opinion of abaco is most of it is low key like exumas but you have the option of going to more populated area if you want to for restaurant provisions etc.you shouldn't have a hard time finding somewhere to spearfish either
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by G. Faulk View Post
Heading to the Abacos, Treasure Cay rented a Condo with a dock leaving May 17th-25th. Live in Cali trailering my boat back mid April. I've done Staniel 3 times, Bimini several times, Freeport once, the keys several times. First time to Abacos, leaving out of Ft Lauderdale. Planning on west end and over, has anyone stayed at the Blue Marlin resort? My condo rental starts the 18th and need somewhere to stay the night of the 17th. Any suggestions, a little worried about Ole Bahamian Bay and the drama that's going on.

We were thinking of going to Bimini for the night, miss me some Ediths pizza, but looking at the route seems like its adding a lot more miles that way to the trip. Suggestions?

Is Freeport-West end a good semi half way point or should I try and pick something up in the Abacos and make it in one day, 34 NT with trips, I've done Staniel in one day before.

I hear the Abacos is very nice but way more "commercialized" then Staniel. Any areas to see that would feel like Staniel?

Planning on doing a lot of spearing-fishing if any one has any spots they want to divulge, thanks in advance.
We do the trip to Abaco at least once a year. You asked about Bimini adding miles to your trip, but I don’t see where you are leaving from. If from Miami, the trip is virtually the same distance whether you go over or under.

If you were to go under, then I suggest blowing past Bimini and checking/staying at Great Harbour Cay. There is a great place where we stay called the Carriearl which is run by a fun Brit couple, Angie and Marty. Alternately, you can rent a townhouse right in the marina with a ”garage-slip” right under the townhouse. GHC puts you more than halfway (140 miles of 250) to Abaco (cut at Little Harbour) so it makes a lot more sense than Bimini which is probably about 20% of the way there (50 miles of 250).

If you go over, I suggest checking in and staying at Port Lucaya. Pelican Bay is a decent hotel with a nice pool and restaurant right on the water overlooking the harbor. Zorba’s has good coffee and Bahamian breakfast. Then, you can run up the Lucayan Waterway and east to Abaco.

When we make the trip, we go up and over on the way to Abaco, stopping st Port Lucaya for dinner and a night of sleep, then head out at first light to Abaco. On the return trip, we stay 2-3 days at GHC.

Finally, if you want less population, less commercialization, you’ll find that in South Abaco (Lubbers, Tilloo, Elbow) vs North Abaco (Treasure, Green Turtle, Guana). Hopetown on Elbow is the busiest of a South Abaco but White Sound is at the bottom of Elbow and is much quieter. There you’ll find SeaSpray and Abaco Inn, with Firefly just a bit north of the White Sound Channel. If you haven’t heard of Cracker P’s, it’s a great place to stop for a drink and stay for the afternoon. If you want a guide/local knowledge tour, look up Captain Plug.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:14 AM
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We are making a run to elbow leaving from pirates cove in Stuart June 8
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:40 AM
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I will be crossing my Bahama over in early June (no set date yet) and then will be there with the boat until early-mid August. Staying at our place at the Bahama Beach Club at Treasure. Boat kept in the Marina. For anyone who is going to be around in that time frame, let me know and I'll PM you my number and email and we can link up over there!
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:15 PM
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We plan to cross the first weather window in May. We are a slow boat, trawler speed. 7.5 Knts. Plan to be in Abacos for 4-6 weeks.

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