Day 3 - Florida - Bahamas
A late morning start, waking up in those crystal clear blue waters again, overlooking pristine beaches and luxury homes. However, no time to waste - we had to move away from our anchorage head toward a marina in order to clear into the country. Having reserved a slip on the southern Bimini island we headed for Bimini Sands Marina - no reply on VHF (even using the ships re-installed VHF)! So deciding to enter the marina we picked our way across the sand banks - only to get to the entrance and stop! Not enough water depth to get in we were on the sane...bump...bump! A friendly pull round by a passing motor launch helped us re-position to go out again - but still on the sand bank. Anchor dropped to avoid getting further stuck - nothing to do but wait for the tide - fortunately we were not entirely blocking the entrance. Only a few minutes later we drifted off the bank, hauled the anchor and quickly made our way quickly back to the deeper water channel .. phew! Choosing this time to go to north Bimini island - we motored into the cut - keeping a watch for numerous motor launches and overhead for sea-planes using the water to land! Tied up at BlueWater Bimin Marina, customs and immigration just down the road - cleared in quickly and off to the beach for a celebratory beer and conch fritters - we were back in the Bahamas! Marina pool to cool off later, pizza and movie to round the day off.
Phil and Di