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Old 02-21-2018, 11:17 PM   #41
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Berns use to be one of my favorite steak houses but about ten years ago it changed. Now not so much.
Wifey B: The desserts are worth a trip anytime. We normally all get steaks or at least 80% will but tonight we decided as a group to explore the entire menu and did a lot of sharing. I'd had the lobster before but not the duck or lamb or snapper. Just had a couple of bites of each of them tonight. Everything super. Price annoys me with Bern's although we still go. They deserve a premium price but the prices they charge are ridiculous for FL. They're priced above Peter Luger and very expensive San Francisco and NY restaurants.
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Old 02-22-2018, 07:09 AM   #42
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I'm a little late to the discussion, but I thought I would give you my $.02. In my opinion late spring/early summer is preferable to be in the Bahamas. The biggest problem with winter is the clocking of the winds to the west with the passing of cold fronts. In my opinion the best anchorages in the Bahamas are in the lee of the Exumas, and the out Islands like Conception and Long Island. These anchorages are spectacular when the winds are light and easterly. They are also untenable when the wends go west, which only happens with the passing of a winter/early spring cold front, which come almost weekly during that time. When the winter cold fronts approach, every boat in the Islands is heading for the relatively small number of marinas and anchorages that have protection from the west. It becomes a ridiculous game of musical chairs. June and July are very hot, but the cruising and anchoring options are so much better...in my opinion. The Abacos don't suffer from this issue because the entire Sea of Abaco is protected by Great Abaco, the problem is that the Abacos can be cold in the winter!
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Please elaborate? Has something changed recently?

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Please elaborate? Has something changed recently?

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I was trying to post a picture of the new Land and Sea Park fees.

Very pricey.

Iíll try again.
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Here’s a link to it on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0084303&type=3

Can’t seem to load the picture.
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Whew, I thought they raised the entry fee agin.
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Whew, I thought they raised the entry fee agin.
Not yet at least.
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Old 04-11-2018, 07:47 AM   #48
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Hereís a link to it on FB.

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"beach set up fee" = $1000. LOL. The park's time has past. Sad. Lots of better places to be downstream from that. Boo Boo hill is just not worth that.
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"beach set up fee" = $1000. LOL. The park's time has past. Sad. Lots of better places to be downstream from that. Boo Boo hill is just not worth that.
I think we will be passing them by next time, too. Rewarding this money grab will just encourage it in a lot of other areas.
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What do you get for the "Beach Setup Fee" $1000?
What is an Internet Sheet?
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:13 AM   #52
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I was trying to post a picture of the new Land and Sea Park fees.

Very pricey.

Iíll try again.
The problem is, Georgetown and everywhere else is going to be watching to see what happens. And, if they see people are willing to pay to anchor in open water, Ray Charles can see what is coming next.
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For a first timer, cross West Palm to West End. Check in there and go through Memory Rock (or Indian Rock if your draft allows) and head to Great Sale for an overnight before heading on to the start of the Abacos proper.
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Glad this thread popped up as we are in the midst of planning our first Bahamas venture, specifically the Abacos. Our Dodge guide arrives today and as is usually the case, there are widely varying opinions on all aspects of this trip.

The bit we're trying to sort out right now is the point of departure for our crossing. We'll start motoring up from the Keys in the next two weeks and we're not on a schedule so regardless of where we stage we'll wait for as ideal a crossing forecast as possible. We have heard it suggested many times to cross from West Palm to West End which is appealing because of the relatively short distance across and proximity to the Gulf Stream on the Florida side. We're happy to travel the additional distance north within Florida if West Palm makes the most sense but should we also be looking at departing from Fort Lauderdale/elsewhere? We prefer to cruise at 10 kts.

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If you are coming from the Keys layover further south than Lake Worth (West Palm)and you will have more boost from the Gulf Stream to West End. Transient rates in Fort Lauderdale are lower at the city owned docks such as Las Olas and on the New River. There is a city mooring field by Las Olas Blvd, and a few other spots to anchor for a short term.
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I agree Ft Lauderdale would be better. Last summer we crossed to Memory Rock from West Palm and still had to fight the current. On the way back we crossed from Memory Rock to Fort Pierce due to the current sweeping us along. We are only a 6.5 knot boat however.
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We have heard it suggested many times to cross from West Palm to West End which is appealing because of the relatively short distance across and proximity to the Gulf Stream on the Florida side. We're happy to travel the additional distance north within Florida if West Palm makes the most sense but should we also be looking at departing from Fort Lauderdale/elsewhere? We prefer to cruise at 10 kts.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
The short distance is only an advantage if you're not taking into consideration current, which is certainly NOT the case. The current is the most significant aspect of the crossing, so why not take advantage of it. Crossing the shorter distance is moot if you're crabbing 35 degrees most of the way. Leave from further south, let the current work to your advantage and make the crossing in about the same amount of time. So, traveling the extra distance north in FL really imparts little advantage.

If your air draft is less than 32 ft, you could depart Baker's Haulover inlet. University Cove is just inside the inlet, it's a delightful anchorage next to a state park that has great trails. You can hang out there for a window. The inlet isn't one for bad weather, but if you're crossing, you're not going to have bad weather unless you're looking for a thrill ride to cross.

Bears repeating, don't cross with winds predicted with any northern component. Unless, you're looking for a thrill ride. It's a PLEASURE CRAFT, after all.

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Sounds like Ft Lauderdale makes the most sense - thanks for all of the great advice!
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"beach set up fee" = $1000. LOL. The park's time has past. Sad. Lots of better places to be downstream from that. Boo Boo hill is just not worth that.
The beach setup fee is for the large charter boats that setup multiple tents and bring in multiple water toys for a beach party for their charter guests.

Not for your average cruiser who sets up a few blankets.
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The beach setup fee is for the large charter boats that setup multiple tents and bring in multiple water toys for a beach party for their charter guests.

Not for your average cruiser who sets up a few blankets.
And, it appears that that is the clientele they are aiming for as their customers.
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