Well we finally made it across the short 52 miles from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini in the Bahamas. It only took us about 3 months considering we were ready to go shortly after we bought the boat. June 8th (my Mom’s birthday) we took advantage of a small window of weather and headed out of Ft. Lauderdale. We left the dock about 6:30 in the morning and after more than 2 hours of motoring the 5 – 7 miles down the ICW we finally made it to the Ocean. The delay was due to the draw bridge schedule. We had to sit and wait at two different bridges for a total of about 45 minutes.
Kylan with Fort Lauderdale in background
Shortly after reaching the Atlantic we were greeted by three sea turtles, but they all seem to be camera shy, because they never wait till we get the camera. We also saw lots of flying fish on our 11 hour journey across the sea. We had to motor the whole way because the winds were dead on the nose, but the seas were calm and almost flat the entire way. It was a long and boring trip, where the most of the challenge was staying out of the sun while on watch.
Captain Mark was great. He shared some of his navigational and watch keeping knowledge.
We finally dropped anchor just before sunset about 100 yards off the beach of North Bimini Island, and Kylan and I couldn’t wait to jump in and swim in the warm Bahamian waters.