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Starting next year between July-Sep we will have the Shark Bull Run . Depart out Miami , FL heading east about 52mi to Bimini Bahama's ALL ON THE SPARKS !!!!! :eek::eek::eek: for a two night stay then head back to the U.S ....This will be a T.B.A date just seening how many would be interested in this . it's a nice bucket list . all details will be worked out as it comes close. YOU MUST HAVE A PASSPORT FOR THIS TRIP ...WHAT U GUYS SAY???
 

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Well there is alot of factors...1 Passport . If you dont have one you need one . 2. gas im thinking 3 6gal gas tanks should be enough to get you there it's about 52mi one way from Miami should be 2 1/2 hr on the ski . 3. there is hotel and slip rental found hotels from 158-179 and up to 350 for a bungelows which has like two bed rooms a couch and kitchen all that of a small appartment. the slip you could fit thre or more ski to a slip and it's all 24hr security gate and key and about $1.50 per foot . per day about $7.00 a ski per day .as it gets closer it will be more ironed out .
 

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I'm doing an offshore trip within the next few weeks . 350 miles. I've made this trip every year for 18 years and the one thing I have learned is you cannot lock in a particular date. You need to find a window when the wind, sea and weather cooperate.the sea doesn't care when you have days off or when you booked a hotel. I've been in situations that started out looking reasonable and quickly deteriorated into life threatening. And that's not on a 9 foot Spark , it's on a 53 foot sloop. The guy who posted his ride to Bimini and back was very experienced at this. He picked his weather and came back the same day. He had Epirb,sat phone , chart plotter and anything else needed.from what I can see after 40 hours on salt water with the Spark, anything more than a couple of foot sea would be unbearable and dangerous for an extended trip on the Spark. That means quite calm conditions. There are those days but they are elusive.there are also days offshore that start that way and turn into 15 foot seas and I have to tell you that marine forecasts are notoriously wrong.if you do this trip and you don't have perfect conditions both ways you are risking your life. I've lost 2 friends in the past few years who made bad ocean decisions.the ocean has to be treated with great respect. I don't mean to rain on your parade but unless your very experienced you need to hear this.
 

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It does sound fun, but what Mark said makes allot of sense. I can see it going really bad really fast. Take into consideration you having newbies on skid AND in the middle of the ocean.
 

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Mark all that has been considered in this trip . We will have two or three center console boats along this trip to aid to ensure safty and for Florida the trip from july-sep is the best conditions for this trip as I said no dates as of now . Around that time there is an upword stream which makes for calm conditions. To be able to make this trip enjoyable. And there will be a check list for everyone to have and buy the items on the list or I do not suggest that they go . Safety is more important than the trip to me if conditions are not perfect I will call the whole thing off till a later date.

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Agreed, the ocean is nothing to mess with, especially with this unpredicatable Florida weather. Only the most ideal conditons will be accepted, too many people push for a certain day and even if the conditions arent right they still go...very dangerous.
 

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UPDATE: talking to Riva down in south florida for maybe having a check in tailgate at there store maybe even some prizes or even a tune giveaway food and stuff the night before we head out to bimini. ill keep you posted .
 
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