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Ed Stone posted 02-01-2001 09:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ed Stone   Send Email to Ed Stone  
Where would be the best location be to
launch for a trip to the Bahamas? And what
about safe storage for truck and trailer?
There would be lots of things to plan for.
Fuel,food,drinks,lodging,weather,what to do
once we got there.
My wife thinks I'm %#@&^*! but someday
I'll make that trip.
Ed Stone
SWarren posted 02-06-2001 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for SWarren  Send Email to SWarren     
I had a friend who took the trip in a Montauk with a 90 yam, follwed by a 15 Sport with a 70 yam. I will get the details and post them for you. I think it was about three hours over and 5 back.
Ed Stone posted 04-28-2001 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
In the May addition of the Fla. sportsman
magazine they have a great article about
crossing the gulf stream to the west end
of the Grand Bahamas.
In the article they cover where to park
with a truck and trailer,good boat ramps,
gps numbers,hotels,marinas,fishing rules,
distance from palm beaches,rules for entering
customs,and places to anchor overnight.
As far as sleeping on our boat,I've been
thinking about filling out the bow of
our Whaler and contacting Mills about
making a dodger.
Now I just have to wait for construction
to slow down here in Fla. so I can get some
time off from work.And talk my mother-in-
law into watching the kids!
Ed Stone
ffk posted 05-02-2001 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Ed, What time of year are you considering the trip? I am cruising my Outrage down the ICW in November this year and am considering leaving it in Fl. for the winter. It usually lives on Long Island, NY. I would be very interested in making the trip to the Bahamas.

Frank

lhg posted 05-02-2001 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
You guys interested in the Bahamas should know about the 9th Annual Green Turtle Cay (Abacos Islands) Rendezvous that will be happening again this year June 8th -16th.

This event began in 1993, and was organized and sponsored by both the Boston Whaler Company and one of their Dealers in Deland FL (Hontoon Marine/Carl Fisher). It takes a full week, and can easily cost about $2500 for everything (especially the fuel) for a couple, but it is well worth it. I went on the first two, and actually want to do another one. There are generally about 30 - 40 boats participating, and they all make the 60 mile Gulf Stream crossing from Palm Beach inlet to West End Grand Bahama together. Then it's another 110 miles island hopping across the 8' deep banks out to Green Turtle Cay. Once there, there's great lodging, food, parties, cruising, fishing, diving etc. Absolutely fabulous, as long as you don't mind the June sun, heat and humidity. Water is generally very calm this time of the year. If you've never been over in your own Whaler, this is the way to do it. Forget Bimini, it's a pit and always crowded with So Florida boaters from Miami and Ft Lauderdale. The Abaco's are in a world by themselves.

For history of this annual affair, it has now migrated to Edgewater boats, since the Dealer gave up Whaler and switched over. I think he was/is a friend of Bob Dougherty. But the Whaler boaters are still invited and welcome, and I hear that usually close to 1/2 the boats are still Whalers. They arrange secure parking for your car and trailer in Palm Beach while you're over there for the week.

From the invitation I have, it says to contact Hontoon Marine, in Deland FL, at 904-734-4301 for information, or to get on the mailing list for nest year. The most critical part of the planning, if you want to go, is not to wait too long, as hotels fill up quickly. They usually get about 200 people attending. It's a great 1 week vacation and well worth doing. I wouldn't recommend the trip in anything less than an 18 Outrage, but when I went, there were a few Montauks, including, of all people, Clark Roberts in a 17' Newport! But somehow, during the week over there, I never, incredibly, had the chance to make the acquaintance. But I remember thinking, when I saw them arrive in the Newport, with what seemed like a lot of gear on board, "now there are some REAL Boston Whaler diehards!"

Ed Stone posted 05-07-2001 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Someday I'll make the trip.Right now with
our small construction business,new baby,
5 year old,and keeping my dad out of trouble
I barely have time to go fishing locally.
The factory has a section for the bow of my
23 that fills in for enough room to sleep.
They call it the sun lounge.Next I'll call
mills and see what they make as far as
dodgers for my 23.
One good thing is my wife already says
she wants to spend the night on our boat.
Someday,Ed Stone

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