Thread: Bimini or Bust!
11-05-2006, 08:39 AM #1
Bimini or Bust!
I was thinking of how to take advantage of the Ultra's forecasted sea keeping abilities and wa la..........a trip to Bimini in a fleet of Kawasaki's!
Bimini is 52 miles due east of Miami Beach across the Gulf Stream. The
best conditions for a crossing, i.e. no 15' waves, is from May to late August.
Boats of all sizes do it all the time. With the speed and ability of these Ultra's we should be able to make the run in 1 to 2 hours. The waters are spectacular and you get to partake of Bimini bread, conch fritters and Kalik beer at the source! There's terrific diving and fishing and some fun little hotels and marinas. Go on Friday and run back on Sun/Mon.
I saw where guys are going to Catalina off of Long Beach, CA, those are much tougher waters.
If you do run out of gas or have mechanical troubles you'll wind up in England in about a month courtesy of the 5 knot Gulfstream!
You should travel within sight of each other, carry handheld VHF, GPS, a couple spares and ideally a companion boat able to tow a couple of PWC's.
Maybe do Mudbug first week of June and then continue the party over here end of June or July 4 weekend?? This would be a trip of a lifetime.
Check out some pix and info at http://www.reefnews.com/reefnews/oce...ni/bimini.html
http://www.geographia.com/bahamas/bsbiin01.htm Check out the Marinas, Bars, etc here
Last edited by tomgtv; 11-05-2006 at 09:26 AM.
11-05-2006, 11:27 AM #2
Watertop Unlimited ,which is operated by a former BRP employee, sponsored a Bimini run a few months ago. They had 2 chase boats to accompany the PWC. Some of the members of our club went on it. The water conditions were far from a piece of cake and the return trip had to be delayed a day because of the weather. Two of the riders had new Yammi 4 strokes and for some reason neither one would start with the 'remote'. Both skis had to be taken back on the chase boats. The following day (back in FL) both Yamahas started like nothing had been wrong. Blame it on the Bermuda Triangle ???
Regardless, most everyone had a great time !
11-05-2006, 12:56 PM #3
11-05-2006, 04:08 PM #4
What port did Watertop depart from?? What was the distance they
traveled each way? Time to get there??
I know guys with 13' Boston Whalers who have run this. Obviously anyone
can join in if they believe in their machine! Just oil them clutch washers on
the SeaDoo's! Maybe the Bermuda Triangle will reverse the bad mojo and fix them on the way over!!
11-05-2006, 08:58 PM #5
Left from Miami. It took 3 hours and one minute to travel the 50 odd miles to Bimini. There is a really good account of the trip on our club website that was written by one of the members www.spacecoastjetriders.com Scroll down to Bimini Road Rally. Lots of pics too !
11-05-2006, 09:47 PM #6
That link with the article and pictures said it all! Looks like they
had a blast!
We'll all have to revisit the topic next Spring......
11-06-2006, 07:27 PM #7
11-07-2006, 10:08 AM #8I saw where guys are going to Catalina off of Long Beach, CA, those are much tougher waters.
11-07-2006, 05:55 PM #9
Back in the 80's a 14,000hp tug was pulling a barge out of
Long Beach heading north. All of a sudden he was being pulled
backwards into the ocean. Tug went down and 2 guys in the
engine room were drowned. Turns out it was a Nuclear Sub's conning
tower that snagged the tow rope. The sub never felt it! They found
the rope marks a few days later.
Now that's some scary s##$ on LB to Cat runs!!
11-16-2006, 09:09 AM #10
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