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I'm planning a trip from miami to the Bahama's in July with a few friends and am looking for suggestions on where to stay. We're looking to stay on a different Island every day. I know a lot of people have done this trip on jet skis as well as boats in the past so I'm hoping some will chime in with their experience and possibly help us plan our trip.

Before everyone jumps on my back about this being a stupid trip I'd like to state that I already know it's a bit a of risk and fully understand what that risk is. I have spent numerous years on the ocean and have already completed plenty of lengthly rides on the open ocean with the friends I will be doing this trip with and am more than confident that were capble of it. With that being said I'm hoping to get some good input from others that have already done it.

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Hey Massrider, I haven't done it I have heard people talking about it the most in the greenhulk forums under FL. Look in my signature for the link to that website. They may be able to give you better input on this one. I know they know what hotel to stay at and docking and all. I heard ( not sure if its true ) that customs over there charges a $150 vessel fee per boat or jetski coming in. (Ick) I'd love to make a trip like this if there was a boat going that had a lift for a jetski for break down emergencies ( like the nicer boats and yachts have ) If you're not going with one of these SeaTow or BoatUS would be a good thing to have if **** hits the fan. I have BoatUs. Maybe someday I'll be so daring that I'd make this trip without the ER yacht and just take my chances with BoatUs :p

You should check out the meet up section of this forum and the thread for south florida when you're down. Perhaps the Miami Spark people could meet up with you if the timing is right and ride a little or see you off on your trip.

Good luck.
 

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Better pick a good few days for the trip, 8ft swells during my cruise. Not fun on a big boat I could only imagine being on my spark.
 

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Big waves are like a rodeo on a Spark :) We only get 4' chop up here and I can hang on for a mile or two running WFO ;)

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i prefer under 3mph winds when im on my spark because when those waves are smooth and rolling its easier to go fast without all that banging on the waves. I went out early on Sunday and the wind was about 5-8mph, more than I wanted it to be but I figured it would be fine. When I entered the ocean from the bay I was greeted with 5-6 foot chop and was like nooopppeeeee and turned around. I would have been eaten up by that. I played in the bay instead. I was talking to some guys about it and they said it was very windy last night ( about 20mph wind ) and the ocean can take half a day to calm down after that ( I wasn't aware of this ) now I know :)
 

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I'm planning a trip from miami to the Bahama's in July with a few friends and am looking for suggestions on where to stay. We're looking to stay on a different Island every day. I know a lot of people have done this trip on jet skis as well as boats in the past so I'm hoping some will chime in with their experience and possibly help us plan our trip.

Before everyone jumps on my back about this being a stupid trip I'd like to state that I already know it's a bit a of risk and fully understand what that risk is. I have spent numerous years on the ocean and have already completed plenty of lengthly rides on the open ocean with the friends I will be doing this trip with and am more than confident that were capble of it. With that being said I'm hoping to get some good input from others that have already done it.

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Massrider, where do you ride in MA?
 

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Thanks for all the input. I do a lot of off shore rides in the north Atlantic so I'm not too worried about the seas. I do a lot of 20-30 mile rides out to block island, Long Island and Martha's Vineyard. we commonly see 6-8' seas up here and have been out in days with 8-12' seas. Obviously whether it's swells or chop makes a big difference but almost anything is manageable if you take your time and are smart about it.

Right now we have 3 jet skis going with possibly a 4th so I'm not too worried about towing either. We can always tow one machine with another if need be. Guess I'll check out the green hulk forum and see what those guys have for input. Thanks again for all the help!
 

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Ya I'm going to have to agree with Wrazor. Titanium balls even. I've seen 5 foot waves on my spark and turned right around. Even at like 10 miles an hour I was terrified. lol.
 

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I guess I've just gotten used to it. Not sure if it's bad luck or just the North Atlantic but I don't remember seeing less than 2' in the ocean around here. If any of you guys are local to the north east and want to ride this spring let me know.
 
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