2024 Bahamas Trips for all

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The 2024 Bahamas "Flings" are now live on the www.bahamas.com/boating website. I will be hosting several of these next year and would love to see more Sea Rays join the party. The Bimini flings are great for those that want to trailer down their boats and experience a trip of a lifetime. I am still working on changes to the Grand Bahamas fling as we might be starting that one this year from Palm Beach making it easier for the Treasure Coasters to join a beginner trip to Bahamas. Sign up now as we are limited to 20 boats on each fling. Fun to be had by all.....

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I wish
Can you rent a boat ?
Not that I know of down here that will allow you to take it yourself to the Bahamas. Plenty of charters with a captain but I am sure that is not what you are looking for.
 
I wish
Can you rent a boat ?
I was thinking the same.
Not that I know of down here that will allow you to take it yourself to the Bahamas. Plenty of charters with a captain but I am sure that is not what you are looking for.
For those of us where it is not cost effective to bring our boats down.
Maybe a group charter is worth looking into, as flying in just isn't the same.
Grant, your thoughts and maybe some recommendations/links?
 
Man I would love to do this, just google mapped it, 1676 mile from my house to the marina in ft Lauderdale. Long way to trailer a boat.
 
Grant your killing me with these post's. I am ~1000 miles to PB, I keep telling myself I am going to join you. I would need a month off and re-mortgage the house to to do it, 40gal/hr at 20knt's. Long trip just to get to PB.

Awesome that you are doing these, they definitely are trips of a life time to do with your own boat.
 
I was thinking the same.

For those of us where it is not cost effective to bring our boats down.
Maybe a group charter is worth looking into, as flying in just isn't the same.
Grant, your thoughts and maybe some recommendations/links?
I will keep an eye out to see if I can find any boats that could be rented for a trip over.
 
Grant your killing me with these post's. I am ~1000 miles to PB, I keep telling myself I am going to join you. I would need a month off and re-mortgage the house to to do it, 40gal/hr at 20knt's. Long trip just to get to PB.

Awesome that you are doing these, they definitely are trips of a life time to do with your own boat.
If you are going to do it you just need to leave it down here for a year.
 
If you are going to do it you just need to leave it down here for a year.

Funny you say that. I am considering brining it down for next winter possibly, then I could do one of the trips with you. You posting about this and how wonderful the trips look, is what has me thinking about this.

I did bring a boat to Freeport once many years ago. But it wasn't my boat and I was to young to appreciate that trip.
 
Successfully did the 660 mile FLORIDA LOOP this past summer.

The Bahamas is on my bucket list, however I've been reading a good bit of real info from several sources about some serious lawlessness against boating visitors on Bimini, and how things have changed dramatically there over the past two decades.

We'd be coming over from Florida's west coast, across the ditch and would therefore be interested in more info as it develops for the group departing from Palm Beach and skipping Bimini altogether.

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Departing with full tanks of water, fuel and provisions, we'd likely do an outbound cruise of about 20-21 kts.

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Successfully did the 660 mile FLORIDA LOOP this past summer.

The Bahamas is on my bucket list, however I've been reading a good bit of real info from several sources about some serious lawlessness against boating visitors on Bimini, and how things have changed dramatically there over the past two decades.

We'd be coming over from Florida's west coast, across the ditch and would therefore be interested in more info as it develops for the group departing from Palm Beach and skipping Bimini altogether.

1996 Sea Ray 450DA

Departing with full tanks of water, fuel and provisions, we'd likely do an outbound cruise of about 20-21 kts.

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Understood, I will keep you posted. I will say that crime is unfortunately rising everywhere, Bimini is a small island and the issues that have occured with with boaters were directly related to human smuggling opportunities looking for easy transportation. The one last year with the stolen center console that ended up on the beach in Miami with 20+ Haitians jumping off of it was strictly a crime of opportunity, the owner left the keys hanging in the ignition. Unfortunately these immigrants are desperate to get to the US and some of them will clearly risk their lives to do it. I have been approached before to "give a ride" to someone multiple times, this is just how it is out there. I really don't think it is any more dangerous over there than it is anywhere in Florida or usa for that matter. I feel safe over there and that is all that matters to me and my family. As far as Grand Bahama island vs Bimini, I will take Bimini 10x, Freeport is a much bigger city hence more...
 
Grant:
You mentioned on a previous post a good location/marina to stage up for crossing to the Bahamas. What was the name of the marina? Wound you also recommend that marina for a month long or more? Walkable/Bikeable for restaurants, shopping, etc.?

Thanks...
Rich
 
Grant,

Do you have any info on Honeymoon Harbor being closed to us? I've heard a cruise ship company has made an agreement with someone to make that their island and boaters are not allowed to go ashore?

thanks
Larry
 
Grant,

Do you have any info on Honeymoon Harbor being closed to us? I've heard a cruise ship company has made an agreement with someone to make that their island and boaters are not allowed to go ashore?

thanks
Larry
I have heard there were some signs that popped up stating "private island" but thats all I have heard. I will ask my government contacts later in the week when I talk to them.

But remember all beaches are not private up to the "high tide line" in that case the whole sand bar area where every hangs out anyway is below the high tide line so... business as usual.

I don't see Gun Cay being that interesting to a cruise ship company, last I heard that Cat Cay was claiming ownership
 
yeah, nice but wow $5k per mo before taxes and electricity.
yes if you are looking for monthly there are more reasonable options in Dania Beach
 
I might be missing something, but being in Ohio, why would I go to the Bahamas in June and July? Why not January or February?
 

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