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Crossing Bahama Banks from Memeory Rock Discussion

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-18-2012

The string of messages below are copied from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mail list!

Does the list find the passage from Memeory Rock to Great Sale Cay protected or potentially just a rough as a crossing from Ft Pierce.
Do I need to be any less concerned about wind speed and direction??
Thanks
Russ

The Bahama banks between Memory Rock and Great Sale is open relatively shallow water which can cary a difficult short chop when winds climb into the high teens, low twenties. As compared to the Gulf stream which always gives a unpleasant ride when winds counter the current
If your weather information is good holding at anchor on the bank is doable but not recomemded as overnight wind shift/changes in speed are not unusual.
I am wondering at the choice of Ft. Pearce to Memory Rock (into the Gulf Stream current) as apposed to Lake Worth to same. Putting the current on your stern quarter?
Anyway going is the desired option, being stuck here sucks.
Paul Lindenmeyer

Russ, I guess the easy way to answer your question is to say that if you already made it from the mainland to the bank the rest of the trip to Great Sale is a piece a cake. The shallows keep down the sea conditions.
Couple of comments: I would come a bit further south than Ft Pierce due to the Stream flow. Also I suggest you cross north of Memory Rock and south of the White Sand Ridge. You will enter the Bank with 30 ft of water and it is a straight unobstructed shot from the there to Great Sale. This is important because you will approach Great Sale long after dark this time of year (assuming trawler speeds and dawn out of St Lucie inlet).
Bob

 

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