Guidelines for going to and from the Bahamas

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by Odyssey, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. joelkoz

    joelkoz New Member

    57
    Sep 9, 2012
    Delray Beach, FL
    eSea Street - 2001 560 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3406E
  2. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Thanks Joel, I'll put the link in the latest version of the Guide
     
  3. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet New Member

    16
    Oct 23, 2012
    Florida
    Sundancer
    Cummins
    Randy,

    I have been watching the widns and seas in the Gulf Stream. They are looking pretty ominous. This weekend are predicted to be 6 feet or more.

    Due you think they will settle down by the third week of May? I know this is an open question, but what has been the past?
     
  4. Alex F

    Alex F Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Randy,

    That's an excellent guide. Thanks for taking the time for putting it together and sharing.
     
  5. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Thank you. Did you get the latest version (by email)? if not, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send the the latest update. the current version has info on cell phone service, more check-in info and other additional subjects
     
  6. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Right now, and I mean Wednesday 5/1, the seas are flat. check out http://www.pbcgov.com/erm/beachcams.htm My experience is as follows....

    May and early June - 50/50 chance of good seas (3 feet or less). Last Memorial Day was no problem. the weather seems to be on a 4-6 day cycle during this period. You will experience winds for a few days then calm for a few.
    June through September - 70/30 (good to bad). biggest problem here is a) hurricanes b) thunderstorms
    Other months - 40/60. winter time is tough. too many cold fronts or northerly wind days. once you get over, great to be in the Bahamas! Almost all areas are shallow (seas don't build) or protected

    the NOAA forecast for the next few days...........


    [SIZE=+1]THURSDAY[/SIZE] EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 8 TO 12 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 5 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 6 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.[SIZE=+1]
    THURSDAY NIGHT
    [/SIZE]
    EAST WINDS 12 TO 17 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.[SIZE=+1]
    FRIDAY
    [/SIZE]
    EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 13 TO 18 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.[SIZE=+1]
    FRIDAY NIGHT
    [/SIZE]
    EAST SOUTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.[SIZE=+1]
    SATURDAY
    [/SIZE]
    SOUTHEAST WINDS 12 TO 17 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO SOUTH SOUTHEAST 14 TO 19 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.[SIZE=+1]
    SATURDAY NIGHT
    [/SIZE]
    SOUTH SOUTHWEST WINDS 13 TO 18 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.[SIZE=+1]
    SUNDAY
    [/SIZE]
    WEST SOUTHWEST WINDS 6 TO 11 KNOTS BECOMING WEST NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS A LIGHT CHOP. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2013
  7. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet New Member

    16
    Oct 23, 2012
    Florida
    Sundancer
    Cummins
    Thanks... I hope our timing works out. I'll let you know how it goes.

    By the way, should we take bicycles to use on the islands?
     
  8. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    if you have room, YES!. The Abacos have some larger islands and a bike is great there. We purchased folding motorized bikes and they were wonderful.
     
  9. Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet New Member

    16
    Oct 23, 2012
    Florida
    Sundancer
    Cummins
    I sent you an email to your mindspring address. I hope youwill respond. Thanks.
     
  10. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Is this Norman?
     
  11. Al Gross

    Al Gross New Member

    132
    Jul 29, 2009
    Burke, VA and Boating on Potomac/Chesapeake
    2008 Sea Ray 44 Sundancer
    Cummins QSB 5.9 480 HO with Zeus
    Randy--
    This is GREAT; thanks much for posting! Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to go over to the Bahamas one of these days by boat as it is on my bucket list. Thanks again for sharing.
     
  12. Mo's Toy

    Mo's Toy New Member

    3
    Jun 1, 2009
    Lake Allatoona,Acworth,GA
    270 Sundancer,1999,
    7.4l MPI,B-III,5.0kw-Kohler
    I just came across your guidelines and I need to print out the latest copy you have. I had planned a trip this year to Bimini but it fell thru. I three 27' boats lined up. Will try again next year. Send me a copy at leeverm@AOL.com. Thanks for all your efforts it looks great.
    Mo's Toy
    1999 270 DA
    Lake Allatoona,GA
    Maurice Leever/ leeverm@aol.com
     
  13. RodnRhonda

    RodnRhonda New Member

    59
    Sep 22, 2015
    Southest Georgia, United States
    2000 Sea Ray 240DA Sundancer, Garmin 741xs
    5.7L MercCruiser
    Thinking of a trip there during the season it is best to go. Can you please send me a copy to rgajeske07@gmail.com ?

    Thanks!
     
  14. Joel_MD

    Joel_MD New Member

    194
    Jun 20, 2016
    Chesapeake Bay
    390 Motor Yacht, 2005
    Cummins 480 CE
    Since Photobucket recently pulled the rug out from everybody by requiring a $400 annual fee to host pics to websites like this, can the OP or somebody else upload the images from the original post to a different site and reset the links?
     
  15. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Send me your email address and I will send you the latest pdf and MS Word file
     
  16. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    Randy, You doing ok? Good to see your post. I hope you are having a great summer. JC
     
  17. Odyssey

    Odyssey New Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Delray Beach Florida
    44EB
    CAT 3116
    Hi Jc, I'm doing fine thanks. How about you?
     

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