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Old 06-22-2015, 06:32 PM   #501
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When it comes to running aground or a prop strike...

There are those that have and there are those that will.

Welcome to the "those that have" club. I'm a slow learner....I've done it 4 times. Once soft aground while a friend was driving and I was not paying attention, twice unseen submerged objects like logs and once something like a sunken car or boat that gouged my paint and torqued my port side running gear; prop, shaft and strut. That last one was expensive, but covered by insurance.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:37 PM   #502
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Friar G - Never is a BIG word! But, I bet cha in this case and context it may be possible to attain... due to your recent learning experience. Always keep an eye on the depth sounder... too!

Amen! Staying in the marked lanes when there are some is also my new Mantra. This ICW can change from 4 ft to 1 ft in a heartbeat.

I learned a lot and paid dearly for it. I am smart enough though to admit I still have a lot to learn and that I am willing to do just that!

But, having said that, it saddens me to see all the boats right in this marina that never go anywhere. I'd rather go, make mistakes and learn that sit in a water bound condo!
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Amen! Staying in the marked lanes when there are some is also my new Mantra. This ICW can change from 4 ft to 1 ft in a heartbeat.

I learned a lot and paid dearly for it. I am smart enough though to admit I still have a lot to learn and that I am willing to do just that!

But, having said that, it saddens me to see all the boats right in this marina that never go anywhere. I'd rather go, make mistakes and learn that sit in a water bound condo!
You GO Dude!

BTW... Did you know that God created Mermaids for us mariners??

Not mentioned in the Big Book... but I know it's true - cause I married one!! Seems you did too!
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:34 AM   #504
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Props going back on as I write. Yee Haa!Click image for larger version

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Ain't they purty! 😄
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:13 PM   #505
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I was wondering if you were going to give us a pic....
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:27 PM   #506
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Greetings,
Mr. frg. Woo-hoo. You're back in business. "...my new Mantra." Indeed, a good mantra BUT it's not always gospel. Islands, coral and rock shoals usually stay put but sand and mud can and does readily shift under the influence of tides and bad storms (usually around inlets). So stay in the channel, stay at the helm and watch the depth sounder. If EVER in doubt, STOP or at least slow dramatically and assess the situation, then proceed gingerly...
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:34 PM   #507
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Next is to take her out and see if there is any vibration. Praying there is none cause that means a loose strut, bearing or bent shaft. I hate to even write these words into existence! Going for test drive Thursday and will let group know.
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Sorry for the long wait. We have had more company on this boat in the last month than we did in twenty years on our ranch in TX! Seems a boat makes you popular. It has worn us out. Phew!

So at last post we were going to take Ten Knots out after props were put back on to check for vibrations, to insure struts and shafts did not also get bent up.

I am happy to report that she runs smooth as silk now. No issues at all.

So, we are moving forward with our trip to Bimini! A short 46-48 miles from Ft. Lauderdale. Just the wife and I. We have made two runs down to Miami and back with no issues. I have gone over the engines and Genny . All seems in order.

This will be our first Atlantic crossing to anywhere. We are very excited about it. Of course, we are a little anxious but building confidence in ourselves and our ship are a large reason for the trip. I have plenty of spares and tools too.

I understand there is a new entrance to Bimini and we are researching that. We plan to travel at 8 knots so I am estimating about a six hour trip. We plan to leave at 3am and that should put us there around 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

As we have done before, we would invite any local wisdom and thoughts from you kind folks before heading out.
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The channel is easy. They're starting dredging operations which makes things a little tricky as I talked to someone there that was there recently and he said they attempted to dredge the channel on the 4th (their dumb) and everyone was wacking the semi submerged dredge pipe. Favor STB side coming in the whole way, plus keep your eye out for the dredge.
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Here's a picture of the channel right after you make a port turn, just favor STB. Unless there's a down pour it's real easy to do visually.
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This picture wasn't taken on a nice day..
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Here's a picture of the channel right after you make a port turn, just favor STB. Unless there's a down pour it's real easy to do visually.
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This picture wasn't taken on a nice day..

Thank you!

Yes, I have read that you should hug the red marker for sure. Didn't know they were still dredging.

Is it true that it's best to go in and out on slack tide of possible?
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It doesn't really matter which tide.

They dredged it a while ago but it always backfills with the tides over time.
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It doesn't really matter which tide.

They dredged it a while ago but it always backfills with the tides over time.

Noted and thanks!
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Here's a picture of the channel right after you make a port turn, just favor STB. Unless there's a down pour it's real easy to do visually.
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This picture wasn't taken on a nice day..
Oliver, it has been several years since I ran in there, but I remember the channel as running much closer to the beach.
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Yep, not too close but yes towards the beach. I've gotten to know the Bimini area pretty well now, thanks to my uncle. I've even ran it at night.
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Made it to Bimini and having a great time! Our first crossing. Yes, only 46 miles but no one told us it was 2,500ft deep!!!!

Autopilot went out so I hand steered for 10 hours. Left at 3am. The Atlantic is darker than I thought that time of a morning. Was glad to see the sunrise.

That first drink upon arrival was the best I ever tasted!

Staying at Bimini Blue Water Marina. JR is the man and we feel right at home. $1.00 a ft is hard to beat here.

Throw money! I'm here all week! 😘
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BTW and just my newbie opinion - if you come to Bimini, don't pay the $80 bucks for a golf cart. You can drive the whole island end to end and back in 15 min!

We talked our Marina guy down to $20 bucks for an hour or so and still brought the cart back early.

There is really nothing to do on the island in N. Bimini. Save ur money for ice and go out in ur boat. That is where the fun is!

That is all
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I could use some info on where to fish here in Bimini. I refuse to drift again and Rick running aground and I understand holding for anchoring is bad.

Hate to come over and not catch a single fish for the fanged freezer!
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