Last Day In The Bahamas - 28 Jun
Friday 30 Jun 2006
Mike: Bimini came into view over the horizon just before lunch. Coming around the northern point now required heading south toward the channel shown on our chart. We had talked with the flottila out of Ft Lauderdale and they'd told us that Bimini had been dredged and they've created a new marked entrance channel. Since some of them were on 46' boats that draw more than ours, we got on the sat phone and reserved ourselves a slip. Good thing too, since they're expecting a full house due to the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Sure enough, there was the new channel all staked out, so we turned in and enjoyed about 15' of water all the way in to the slip we'd reserved at the Blue Water Resort. After fueling at the fuel dock, we backed our boat into our assigned slip, and then it was time to try their pool... very refreshing and greatly appreciated.
Bill, Ann and Brian decided to rent a golf cart and tour the island. It's a small place so it wasn't surprising to see them back in about 1 1/2 hours. Alison and I strolled around Alice Town and later dock talked with others in the marina. There were a number of boats getting ready to jump the gulf stream to Florida, so boat names were exchanged and plans made for meeting on the other side.
Later on, just after sunset, another sailboat came in and not seeing the sand bar, drove up on it at high tide... not good. A number of people assisted and with everyone's help, got him off and tied to a dock. An arguement ensued because a power boater with his 50+' trawler didn't like that he had to share the 100+' T dock with a sailboat. Of course, he didn't assist. You just gotta wonder.
The weather looks good for the crossing tomorrow with forecast light winds (which we've had now for a number of days) and a relatively flat seas. We'll be leaving at high slack tide which should be about 6:30am and getting to Port Everglades in the early afternoon where we have a slip reserved at the Hall Of Fame Marina.