Bow Rider to Bimini, #1, My Monterey, Open Ocean Bow Rider Cruising in a Monterey

Bow Rider to Bimini

My Monterey

Open Ocean Bow Rider Cruising in a Monterey

There was no other boat in sight. No land to see off in the distance. Nothing. I was alone on the Atlantic Ocean about 11 miles off the coast of South Florida, heading to Bimini in the Bahamas Islands chain. The boat’s sounder had stopped reading the water depth long ago. My cell telephone no longer had a signal. I had the VHF on channel 16 and heard other boaters, but they were beyond my horizon. I slowed to idle to take it all in. I spun the boat around a full 360 degrees and saw water in every direction. No land. No boats. No people. I was very, very happy.

The waves really were not bad at all. It was the a sea of broad spacing swells between the 5’ to 6’ high that allowed me a rather gentle cruise to an some what offshore island. The boat slowly would rise and fall on these Gulf Stream swells under my keel.

This little cruising adventure was a long-held dream of mine. I had been to the Bahamas several times, but always on other people’s boats. This time the good ship was mine. The Monterey bowrider that I had taken delivery of in Miami earlier in the month had been equipped. I’d also tested it for over 20 hours on short trips around the greater Miami area as I closely followed the weather forecast, waiting for the right day.

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