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GP posted 11-05-2005 12:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for GP   Send Email to GP  
While Highlife and I were floating around the Outerbanks this morning in his 1979 Outrage 22, we got to scheming.

Has anyone on continuousWave made the run to the Bahamas from Palm Beach in a Montauk? I have a 1972 Nauset, and would love to make that trip. Anyone?


LHG posted 11-05-2005 01:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
You want to contact Smirkless here, who has done it from Miami to Bimini recently, in a 1968 Nauset, as part of a Whaler factory event, I believe.

I was on two Boston Whaler factory sponsored events, from West Palm Beach to West End, and then on to Green Turtle Cay (total of 180 miles each way), back in 1993 and 1994. On each trip, a few made it in 17 Whalers, and I believe Clark Roberts here did it in a 17 Newport on one of those trips, although I did not know him at the time. WhalerAce also did this event in a Montauk, a trip I'm sure he'll never forget!!!

What I remember is that fuel capacity can be critically close, and calm conditions are pretty much mandatory considering limited fuel carrying capacity.

Every year in June, this same trip still happens, now under the sponsorship of Hontoon Marine in Deland FL, and their current affiliation with Edgewater boats. Boston Whaler boats are welcome I understand. There is some information on this site to be searched out on these trips, I believe.

If you're going to do it, do it as part of large group like this.

jimh posted 11-05-2005 06:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I wonder what fuel prices will be like in the Bahamas? Considering how expensive gasoline became this fall on the Great Lakes ($4/gallon), it might be quite pricey in the Bahamas. Also, wasn't there some recent tax levied on visiting boats which was rather discouraging? I recall something about an entrance fee of $150 or so.
Clark Roberts posted 11-05-2005 06:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Larry is correct...wife and I took that run to Green Turtle in our 1979 Newport/1994-95 Merc 90. Stiff easterlys the entire trip so a choppy ride and wife flew back and I came home solo. Return trip was smooth as glass. Weather is main concern and applys to all boats and not just the 17 Whaler and as Larry says make the trip with other boats. Fuel was not a problem as we used 12 gallons from Palm Beach (Lake Worth Inlet) to customs at Bahama's West End. We carried 24 gallons under the helm and a spare 6 gallon tank. Important that you know your range under all conditions!!! Once in the Bahamas the weather is still king but the 17 is perfect for island hopping and messing around. I would do it again if age had not overcome me...Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
Clark Roberts posted 11-05-2005 06:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Additional: distance from Lake Worth inlet to West End is approx 60 miles. Next fuel is at Foxtown and next at Green Turtle Cay.
where2 posted 11-05-2005 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I seem to recall fuel prices in the Bahamas running roughly double what they did in the states when I was in Freeport, GB in 2000. Ironically, fuel prices were not much out of line with the rest of the prices for stuff in Freeport. A 5 gallon Igloo cooler was $56, a Whopper was $6, and most of the items in the grocery store were about double what they are in the states.

Clark is right on with his distance (60 miles) from the mouth of Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet to West End, GB.

GP, when you decide to make that trip, let me know. My house is 4 miles from Lake Worth Inlet (via water). I can offer you a safe place to park your tow vehicle and trailer. (rather than risking any of the lots at the public ramps around town).

I haven't figured out why Marine Max, North Palm Beach doesn't sponsor the Boston Whaler Bimini trip. They're 3 miles from Lake Worth Inlet, and their facility is on the water! (just down the canal from my house)

Diver Dan posted 11-06-2005 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Diver Dan  Send Email to Diver Dan     
For those interested in a trip to Bahamas, the tourism bureau of Bahamas has a lot of info regarding annual boat flings, and are quite happy to send a lot of info to whomevr requests saem. Asked for info in 2000 and recd large packet of info including one specific to "summer boating flings." General info was that each fling limited to 30 boats, limited size being 24' for Grand Bahama and 22 for Bimini, BUT when I contacted Pirates Cove Marina in Stuart, FL and asked about the 17' Montauk, no problem. Two departure points listed: (1) Pirates Cove Marina, 4307 S>E> Bayview Str, Stuart, FL 34997, PH 561-223-9216 or (2) Harbour Town Marina, 801 N.E. 3rd St., Dania, FL 33004, PH: 954-926-0300. There were "seven" flings listed in 2000 with a contact person for each. Itin was: Weds, registration and mandatory captain's meeting; Thurs: depart @ 6:00 AM, Sunday, depart Bahama for Fl @ 7:00 AM/ Depending on individual scheduls and funds, no reason one could not remain for 7-10 days and return with the next group, depending on the current year's schedule. This is one of those adventures you also dream about but have trouble getting enough people together to do it. These trips are not limited to just whalers but anyone wishing to make the trip. My understanding is that there is always a "lead" boat with an experienced (Bahama knowledgeable) skipper. Sounds like a trip of a lifetime!
For more info you can contact: BAHAMAS TOURIST OFFICE,
Special Markets Unit, One Turnberry Place, 19495 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 809, Aventura, FL 33180-2321; PH: 1-800-327-7678 or (305)932-0051. There are at least two whalers in northern IN who would be interested in this kind of trip.
jimh posted 11-06-2005 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Moved from another area. Use the TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS area to discuss information related to planning or organizing boat trips with your Boston Whaler boat.]
smirkless posted 11-09-2005 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Here is our first trip website with all the photos & facts.
You don't want to see the second, nor do I.

First trip was a 10! Calm seas being responsible for that. Second was a 1 thanks to rough seas and an approaching h-cane. Second one took us about 5 hours to cross just 50 miles. Somehow we didn't run out of fuel.

Weather is everything in a 17'er. Smirk :-)

Buckda posted 11-09-2005 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Yeah - talk to Backlash (21' Walkaround) about his trip to the Bahamas in the early 90's with the Whaler group. That trip could be why the factory stopped hosting those runs. Being a "sponsored" event adds a degree of risk/liability for the company. Even on the Charlevoix to Beaver Island trip this summer, they brought 3 Whaler reps - the President, another rep and a certified Merc mechanic - along.

From how Steve retells his experience, I would definitely suggest staying flexible with your planning! They didn't arrive until something like 2 in the morning (and most of the group found shelter anchored overnight in a cove). I think he said he burned something like 85 gallons (out of 90-some aboard). It's a great story.

I'd love to do this trip one day, but I'm waiting to have twin power to risk it.

Buckda posted 11-09-2005 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
See: for a retelling of that first trip to the Bahamas. Leaving at 7:30 AM and arriving the next morning at 2:00 AM. Wow.


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