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Bimini Crossing

Bimini Crossing
3/25/12

Got into Rodriguez Key, just off Key Largo, about 5:30pm. Had to motor all the way up. Took about 6 hrs. Dropped anchor, dropped the dinghy in the water & dropped the motor on the dinghy. Dinghy'd over to shore to Mandalay Bar & Restaurant to meet up with Terry May. He was kind enough to deliver our 2 new scuba tanks we bought from Divers Direct in Key Largo. Had a couple of beers then we had to say farewell to get back to the boat before dark. Get the motor off & get the dinghy secured before we caught a few hours of sleep. Left with another boat at 4:00am to make the crossing.

Had good weather and the trip was uneventful.
Sunrise on the Atlantic

Sunrise

Sunrise

Well, until we got to the channel entrance to North Bimini about 2:30. There is only one marker at the beginning of the entrance then nothing after that. You have to go in straight towards the beach, keeping a sand bar on your left (port) and rocks on your right (starboard). Then you run all the way up to the beach and make a hard left, follow the beach till you see more rocks on the right, bare off the beach rocks a little to you make the deep channel. Once we got into the harbor area we called on the radio for a marina. Michael from Sea Crest answered our call and was there to meet us at the docks. Whew, what a relief.

Bimini 008

Bimini 008

Bimini 006

Bimini 006

Bimini 009

Bimini 009

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Bimini 012

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Bimini 013

The water here is absolutely beautiful. Crystal clear. I saw a big spotted eagle ray glide under our stern right at the dock.

We checked in with custom's and got the boat straightened up. Met a few of the other boaters here, said goodnight and turned in early. We were pretty tired.

The water here is absolutely beautiful. Crystal clear. I saw a big spotted eagle ray glide under our stern right at the dock.

We checked in with custom's and got the boat straightened up. Met a few of the other boaters here, said goodnight and turned in early. We were pretty tired.

Posted by Heart of Gold 18:46

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Looks great but sounded nerve racking arriving. I am enjoying following your progress. I hope the Heart Of Gold is looking out for hitchhikers waiving their towel? I'm just some guy, Zaphod Beenelbrox at your service.

by Marty

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