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phatwhaler posted 08-03-2003 09:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for phatwhaler   Send Email to phatwhaler  
I am going to Bimini on the 14th of August and I am in need of some local knowledge. Where should I park my truck and trailer? I am willing to leave out of Lauderdale or Miami for the trip over. Any suggestions would be great!

phatwhaler out.

RMBW posted 08-04-2003 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for RMBW  Send Email to RMBW     
Several years ago when on the same trip, we were allowed to leave our truck and trailer in Chalks Airlines parking lot. A boat landing is very close to it in Miami Beach. I would call and ask them.
lhg posted 08-04-2003 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Not really familiar with Miami area launching, but even though Miami is closer to Bimini, I could recommend the Ft Lauderdale area. On SE 15th street, about 5 blocks east of US 1 (Boston Market on corner), there is a nice, gentle slope City ramp immediately next to Lauderdale Marina, one of the largest BW dealerships. In addition, the Ft Lauderdale Marine Police are officed & docked there, which should make it safe for car and trailer while you are gone! It's also very close to the Port Everglades inlet. Check in the Marine Police office (or call them ahead of time) for arrangements on how long you can park without a ticket. I think Bimini is about 54 miles out of Lauderdale as opposed to 49 out of Gov Cut Miami.

This time of the year you need to watch the hurricane predicitions. Leave inlet at 6am for calmest trip over, and alter your course as necessary to avoid and go behind the early morning rain squalls, if seen. If the forecast is not for "light and variable", I would not go. On the way back, you'll catch the sea breeze behind you as you reach 10-15 miles offshore.

Bigshot posted 08-04-2003 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That ramp has a meter that you pay hourly. Not sure if you CAN park overnight. I would not chance it because what happens if a storm blows in and you are stuck there another day or 2? Are you or your friend(s) members of ANY FL yacht club? If so the local YC will let you use their ramp and keep truck there.
Smitty posted 08-04-2003 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Smitty  Send Email to Smitty     
I'll check where I keep my boat inside Port Everglades tomorrow(very secure now). Let me know how long you would like to leave it there? Last time I asked I think it was like $20/day.
smirkless posted 08-04-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
I like Matheson Hammock in South Miami. You have to run across the bay but that is still a lot closer than Ft. Lauderdale. Its about %5.00 to park for however long. The park closes from dusk to dawn and there is some security. Lots of good ramps and facilities are good. Set your GPS upon leaving for a dirrect heading home.
Swellmonster posted 08-05-2003 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
If I was coming from out of town I would launch and leave my trailer at Harbour Town Marina in Dania. Here's their Web-Site:

Good facilities, plenty of room and 24 hour security.

Her is a neat page to share...

whaler3 posted 08-05-2003 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler3  Send Email to whaler3     
I also think Harbortown is your best bet on all of them. Good security and they have a lot of room for parking. You will have to check about longer parking but they are great to deal with for my dealings with them.
phatwhaler posted 08-12-2003 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
Thanks for the replies to my thread. I think Harbour Towne is the spot for the following reasons.

1. 24 Hour Security
2. Close proximity to INS.
3. $6 a day!
4. Fairly close, less than 50 miles.
5. Shorter drive.
6. Right around the corner from World Wide Sportsman.
7. Easy to find.

The only problem is that Thursday is supposed to be windy and 10 foot in the stream.

Friday's forecast is for light and variable winds, so I'll probably be going over on Friday instead.

Take it easy!

Phatwhaler out.

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