Horizon Power Catamaran Performs Well in Bumpy Conditions

After six days of provisioning, fueling and all that good stuff in Marina Bay Marina, Fort Lauderdale, we were happy to slip the power catamaran off the dock Monday evening and run down the New River and go to anchor in Lake Sylvia. Lake Sylvia is not far from Port Everglades and the ocean.

Early start Tuesday, up anchor as the sun rose and out into the sea for the 55 mile run to North Bimini to ‘clear in’ to the Bahamas. According to Chris Parker the Marine Forecaster, we could look forward to a nice gently crossing – not so. When we got out into the ocean Parker got it wrong, not often that he would put his hand up for that, we had an interesting bumpy ride but of course Horizon PCs seem to revel in such conditions even if the inside of the boat got a bit chaotic… Quite pleased to slip into the Big Game Marina in North Bimini to do the Customs and Immigration formalities…

Off again as soon as possible for the next leg of the run, seventy miles across the shallow Bahamas Banks then another 30 miles of deep water to an anchorage between Whale Cay and Little Whale Cay in the Berry Islands.

With daylight fading, no time to stop or slow down to fish the Pocket of The Ocean on the way sadly, but we did have a go at high speed trawling for Wahoo but no luck.

We put the anchor down to a wonderful sunset after 12 hours and 166 nautical miles.

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A quick wash and brush up, dunk in the water then off to meet with friends on Little Whale Cay where we were thoroughly spoiled by them and their staff with aperitifs and an excellent dinner. Then back on the boat to sleep – the sleep of the exhausted!
Today we will be back on Little Whale to tour the island in daylight; didn’t see much when we arrived in the dark last night!
Next leg of our journey will be a 100 mile sprint south to Little Farmers Cay to catch up with more wonderful friends on Thursday weather willing.
-Alec and Barbara Hammond

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