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Old 05-26-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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So we set off for Bimini 20th May 2011, 4 boats, a 22',26', 25' and a 24' from Port Everglades 6am, Fl. the 2 newer of the boat powered off into the distance, the 2 remaining boat didnt want to beat up their boat due to the 2-4ft waves coming against them from Bimini. The 26' center console was overloaded with gas and had to pump out spillage out of the bilge with a hand pump so we did 12 kts all the way and 4 hours later we made it to customs and immigration in Alice Town, Bimini. it took almost 2 hours to process the four passengers on the boat so be patient your on island time now.
Best place to eat is a tiny little local shack down the side of the sea crest hotel (the back building) best conch salads ever.
Big Game Resort were not forth coming with their scuba rental services, we met someone that was waiting for over 3 hours for tank rentals, they called it a day and didn't get to go diving that day, however they did get free rentals on tanks the next day. Bimini Bay Resort boast 24 hour dive shop which is false. i tried to get fills at 6pm and the dive personnel refused to come in and fill tanks but im sure there was more to the story that im not aware of but still, i missed allot of diving because very few fill tanks when you most need them.
Anyway a great time was had and we made it back in just over 2 hours.
Please email me for any questions on Bimini.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:26 AM   #2
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So am I supposed to want to dive there now? Why don't you tell us the good stuff. What you saw? Big johns? Any fishing? Spearfishing?
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:03 AM   #3
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The 26' center console was overloaded with gas and had to pump out spillage out of the bilge with a hand pump so we did 12 kts all the way and 4 hours later we made it to customs and immigration in Alice Town, Bimini. .

What? How do you "overload" it with gas? I mean, when the tank is full, it's full right? Then you had to pump "spillage" out of the bilge? How much gas can you spill into the bilge. Wow, remind me to stay outside of blast range from that boat.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:41 AM   #4
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How about posting some photos?
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:24 AM   #5
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No offense but by your post it sounds like u have minimal experience due to what's already been said. As for a tank fill at 6pm, why couldn't u be at the dive shop earlier? You expect them to come in just to give u some air?.......Ummmmmm ok.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:09 AM   #6
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I have been to Bimini a few times, Bimini is really a small village in the middle of the ocean. When I step foot on the dock I feel like I am walking into someone's home. Got to slow down and respect that you came to their island.
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