1.30.2011

Landfall in Bimini | MaryRose V | Sea Crest Marina

We made landfall in Bimini in the Bahama's on 1-29-2011 at 1300. We took a slip at the Sea Crest Marina after a short 10 hour passage from Angel Fish Cut at Key Largo, FL.



We hauled anchor at 0300 and made an early morning pass through a well marked channel through the reef at Angel Fish Cut of the north end of Key Largo, FL. The winds were forecast out of the north at 10 with 2-3 ft waves. By the time we hit the Gulf Stream, the wind was 20 and gusting to 25+ and some of the waves were 8-10 with a 5 - 8 second period. It was a bit rough and some of the crew were a bit uncomfortable. The last third of the crossing was quite comfortable and uneventful. We motored less than one hour the entire passage and saw speeds of 7 kts across the stream.



We all went to the beach after we finished boat chores and the beach was loaded with beautiful sea glass. Collecting sea glass is a favorite pass time of the Admiral she was in Sea Glass Heaven. Lilly and Jess collected shells and the Captain stood guard over the crew.



Sea Crest Hotel and Marina (marina) is a comfortable and clean marina with an easy approach. The cost as of this writing is $1 per foot (35 ft minimum), electricity is $15/day and water is thirty cents per gallon. The dock water in clean pure RO water and tastes great. Pat and Mike are quite helpful and attentive to guests.



There are several large Tarpon in excess of 48 inches that cruise the marina and last night we had an eight foot bull shark make a few passes as well.



We will leave in the morning to cross the Bahama Bank from North Rock (just north of Bimini) to the Northwest Shoal on the eastern edge of the banks. We will spend the night at anchor near the east edge of the banks and then continue to Nassau the next morning. We will update the blog and post photos as we are able.





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1 comment:

Mike DeGeorge said...

I thought you might see some bigger waves with the North wind, but the 10 hour sail during the day was much shorter than last year and you didn't have to deal with the darkness. Hopefully, no one was too uncomfortable with the big waves. I know how that feels. Glad the crossing was fairly uneventful.