Entrance to Bimini

Frosty1Frosty1 Posts: 111 Deckhand

Haven't crossed to Bimini in a couple of years. Planning on heading over this summer. Is the entrance still marked with the green and red markers? Not sure of the approach since the hurricanes of last year.
Any help appreciated.

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  • capt.gregcapt.greg James Island, SCPosts: 11 Greenhorn

    Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys
    Published February 3, 2018 | By sara
    The 2017 hurricanes brought changes to the entrance buoys of the channel to Bimini. The waypoint in Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas 8th edition remains the same, but some of the buoys are off station as originally plotted on the chart.

    • The first red buoy on the chart is now off station, having moved northward off the southern tip of North Bimini right in the middle of a very shallow sandbar. Don’t go there!

    • The first red buoy you see approaching South Bimini is actually the second one on the chart. It is in the correct position.

    • There is a green buoy beyond that and it is off station near the entrance to Bimini Sands Marina on South Bimini.

    • There are four small buoys along the shore of South Bimini leading into North Bimini. They are in correct position. The lighted pole at the entrance also remains.

    Another note on Bimini: The marinas no longer furnish Customs papers for you to fill out on your boat. Here’s a link: https://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/dp_form.asp?fid=263.
    You have to either go to Customs to get the forms and fill them out there or download them and print them out so you can fill them ahead of time.

    The Customs office is still at the Big Game Marina, while Immigration is a little farther north at the Administration Building (both shown on the chart).

  • INTREPID377INTREPID377 Posts: 3,723 Captain

    The range markers have worked 50 years. The bouys have moved dozens of times. I use the range markers.

  • ResinheadResinhead Posts: 9,136 Admiral
    edited February 6 #4

    What 377 said. I'm surprised there's even bouys out there. Figured one of the North Bimini visiting drunks would have taken them back to Miami for yard art by now.

  • probate-rprobate-r Posts: 262 Deckhand

    @Resinhead said:
    Figured one of the North Bimini visiting drunks would have taken them back to Miami for yard art by now.

    :D

    Intrepid 370 - "My Favorite"
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