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Old 03-07-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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Anybody run little Bahama bank at night?

We're planning on running over night from Port Everglades to Green turtle. I've ran the bank numerous times and the sea of Abaco but all in daylight. I'm thinking it's all relatively strait forward and should have no problem, got radar, got chart-plotters and paper charts. Also I never leave home with out the Mark 10 eyeballs.
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I've run it a number of times in the past. What areas do intend to run at night?
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I've run it a number of times in the past. What areas do intend to run at night?
Basically up to Green turtle.
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Once on the banks it will be very straightforward, getting on the banks may be the sticky part. Crossing barracuda shoals the most crucial. Depending on your draft you may want to cross onto the banks at memory rock.
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Once on the banks it will be very straightforward, getting on the banks may be the sticky part. Crossing barracuda shoals the most crucial. Depending on your draft you may want to cross onto the banks at memory rock.

We were planning on doing Memory rock. We draw 6' so it's not even in the cards.
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Which charts are you/will be using and on what display?
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You should have no problem at memory. I have been across barracuda many times with 5.5 ft but would hesitate to do so at night.
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Which charts are you/will be using and on what display?

C-Map/ Garmin (based off explorer), and my paper explorer charts.
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Thanks.

You planning on cruising the area? If so get the Dodge Cruising Guide.
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We are thinking about going back. Our current C-map charts aren't the Explorer version so it's time for an upgrade. We'll also look at Dodge's crusing guide. Thanks for the recommendation.
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We are thinking about going back. Our current C-map charts aren't the Explorer version so it's time for an upgrade. We'll also look at Dodge's crusing guide. Thanks for the recommendation.

Oh ok, I should have said CMap, Gamrin, and explorer charts. The CMap charts are on CE. Also have CMap Charts in MM3D version on our Furuno.
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Oh ok, I should have said CMap, Gamrin, and explorer charts. The CMap charts are on CE. Also have CMap Charts in MM3D version on our Furuno.
Well that should be enough charts to get you through. :-)

Way don't you time it so you do more of the open water in the dark and arrive in the Green Tuttle area in daylight?
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Way don't you time it so you do more of the open water in the dark and arrive in the Green Tuttle area in daylight?

I want to make the most of my time. I don't care if I show up at Green Turtle in the Dark, I'll just anchor out and wait for daylight.
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I want to make the most of my time.
Could you translate that statement?

I ask because the best time for many people to leave Fort Lauderdale and exit Port Everglades is evening. We're fortunate in that we can run it all during daylight hours but if we couldn't, I'd do what was suggested and start at such a time as to spend the night crossing and land at a convenient time. We recently had several night transits in Central America and we timed them all to arrive in daylight. Plus it's never dark at Port Everglades so leaving anytime is easy.
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Could you translate that statement?

I ask because the best time for many people to leave Fort Lauderdale and exit Port Everglades is evening. We're fortunate in that we can run it all during daylight hours but if we couldn't, I'd do what was suggested and start at such a time as to spend the night crossing and land at a convenient time. We recently had several night transits in Central America and we timed them all to arrive in daylight. Plus it's never dark at Port Everglades so leaving anytime is easy.
Im running within a limited time frame and want to maximize it. Also we will be towing our 17' CC, if for some crazy reason it wanted to break free in the gulfstream I'd rather it be in daylight.
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Im running within a limited time frame and want to maximize it. Also we will be towing our 17' CC, if for some crazy reason it wanted to break free in the gulfstream I'd rather it be in daylight.
So your time frame available starts and must start early morning? Just trying to understand since it's not the total time, so I figured it must be the starting time. Is there a reason you can't start the night before? Then you'd get there sooner.
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Im running within a limited time frame and want to maximize it. Also we will be towing our 17' CC, if for some crazy reason it wanted to break free in the gulfstream I'd rather it be in daylight.
If your tender breaks free how do you intend to put someone in it if it's to rough to pull the mothership right up to it?
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If your tender breaks free how do you intend to put someone in it if it's to rough to pull the mothership right up to it?

Good question, frankly. I don't know.
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If your tender breaks free how do you intend to put someone in it if it's to rough to pull the mothership right up to it?
Boat hook? lol. Best thing would be to have safety duplicate lines from boat to tender.
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