I'm thinking about shipping my boat over to the Bahamas for winter and was wondering if I could get some advice from fellow forum members. I've made numerous trips to Bimini and West End and but this will be my first time going to Abacos and Out Islands or leaving the boat without me being there.The mission:
Get my first +100 pound wahoo.The tentative plan:
I have a buddy who is getting a house in the Marsh Harbor area for two weeks in Dec/January. The idea I am kicking around is hiring someone to transport the boat to Marsh in the middle of December. Then I would fly over for those two weeks into January. Then hire someone to transport the boat down to Cat in late January. Fish the Hawks Nest Wahoo Tourney in early Feb. Come back again in late Feb or early March prior to hiring someone to transport the boat back to FL.The questions:
- What should I expect to pay a professional captain for each of those legs of transit (Boat is a 35' Center Console)
- Recommendations on safe/affordable marinas where I could leave the boat for a couple of weeks at a time between my trips.
- I will definitely be talking with my insurance company, but would be open to any advice on nuances that I might want to look into regarding insurance policy?
- Other recommendations?
My 2 cents
An alternative is to dry store at Bradford in Freeport Harbour.
Not to offend Compleat, but Bimini is in the middle of nowhere for where you want to go. May as well leave out of MIA.
Does anyone have any insight on pricing to have the boat transported?
I deliver boats over to the islands pretty often...the average charge is stated as above. Its generally around 250 to 300 a day plus fuel, hotel, meals and airfare. If you need some references on places to leave the boat in the outer islands i can help you out. I've been staying at the Sea Spray Marina in White Sound since i was a kid...its a really nice place with great security!!!
This is true...i thinks its an awesome plan...but unless you have someone staying with the boat its pretty risky. Not only do these guys steal boats for engines, they also steal them for quick human/drug smuggling runs and tend to ditch them in the mangroves when there done or get chased by the CG or the BDF. I know a few bahamians over there that i feel like i could trust to watch the boat. But these days you can't really trust anyone unfortunately.
seems to be an inappropriate comment, dont you think?
Why would you post something like that?
Brad- I received your PM too and will be in touch as the plan comes together.
If you don't think you have time,,,,, make time,,,, life is short!
truer words have not been spoken on this forum.
beautiful picture also.
I have one other question that is coming to mind as I put this plan together.... What airline(s) would you guys recommend for flying to-from Marsh, or over to Cat? I'm kind of hoping to avoid bahamas air or one of the other large commercial carriers.
Once the boat is there you really should take the extra time to move it yourself and enjoy the experience - it's really unlike anything over here. Get a good cruising guide and you'll have no issues. Plus a lot of good experience on the board here for additional help.
2002 Bluewater 2850 w/2007 DF300's
we have left a boat at lighthouse for years ( a couple of moths at a time), great service and secure
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