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Published: February 25th 2013
Bimini on the horizon
We made it! Last night we anchored outside of No Name Harbor. It was very crowded inside the harbor, besides, Jon didn’t want to disturb the other boaters when we left in the wee hours of the morning. He had planned to leave around 6 AM, but the wind died overnight and we left at 4 AM instead. With the aid of our chartplotter, we slowly made our way out the channel on a rising tide with the moon at our back. When we got into deeper water, we unfurled the sails and motorsailed into the sunrise. As the winds increased, we backed off on the rpms and eventually turned off the engine about halfway to our destination. We had a fantastic, comfortable sail until it was time to head into the narrow, shallow and not well marked channel to North Bimini and Alice Town. The cruising guides warn not to attempt entering the channel in heavy seas or winds from the west and northwest. Good advice based on our experience on a relatively quiet day.
As we approached the islands, it was impossible to ignore the vivid sea colors – from a deep dark clear turquoise to a brilliant,
No Name Anchorage
You can see a bunch of masts in the harbor beyond the trees. The high rises are part of Key Biscayne.
almost iridescent green. I had a hard time helping Jon navigate the channel because I couldn’t take my eyes off the views around us. The pictures don’t do it justice, but you get the idea.
Since we got here earlier than planned and conditions weren’t too bad (the current can run fast around the marinas at the south end of the island), we called on the vhf radio to see if we could tie up a Big Game Marina in order to clear customs. No problem mon, come on in! I stayed on the boat and tidied up until Jon got the paperwork done, then I went for a walk around ‘town’ while Jon took care of a few boat jobs. When I returned, we left Big Game Marina and headed to Bimini Bay Resort/Casino/Marina about 4 miles to the north. Probably the only reason we are here is because we got a coupon for a very discounted slip rate at the Miami Boat Show. Our first impression is that they haven’t done a good job of marketing the marina because there are not many boats here (hence the coupon?). Nice for us, though, since we have the run
of the resort – infinity pool, restaurants, beaches, shops – we will check it out in the next few days. Tonight, though, it’s early to bed after a long day on the water.
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