Will we be anchoring or mooring at night, or do we have the opportunity to stay at a dock overnight?
There are docking
facilities in the Florida Keys in Key Largo and Islamorada. Between
Miami and Key
Largo, you can count on anchoring for the night
in BiscayneNationalPark and/or
Card Sound. Docking facilities would be available as soon as the second night out, if desired (this, of course, depends
upon weather conditions, and your overall itinerary).
If you are more experienced and would like to sail to the Bimini
Islands, we are required to dock in Alicetown, North Bimini as soon as we arrive to clear customs & immigration*, so you
will need to count on at least one night’s stay dockside in Bimini. * (see
info on customs/immigration)
What is the cost of anchoring or staying at a dock overnight?
Anchoring in the
Florida Keys and Bahamas is generally free. Transient overnight dockage ranges in cost
in the Florida Keys from $1.50-$3.00/foot/night. This price includes electric hookup and water. Dockage
in Bimini is comparable or less.
What is involved with customs & immigration for the Bimini itinerary?The Bahamas is an independent
country and requires visiting yachtsman to clear in with the customs & immigration officials. All persons aboard
will need a passport. The cost for clearance is $150 (for a 35 foot boat; $300 for over 35 feet), which must be in the
form of cash only. The fee includes the first four persons. After that, it is $15/person.
Will I be
able to bring alcoholic beverages?
Yes you may bring alcoholic beverages. There are a few stores close by Dinner Key
Marina to purchase beer, wine and liquor.
What are some recommended reading resources
for sailing theory and terminology that may help me learn to sail?
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousmaniere
Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson