Cutter Loose is underway before sunrise from West End, Grand Bahama Island. Exactly twelve hours later, the anchor is down just south of the condominiums at Causeway Island near Fort Pierce Inlet. Our journey today covers 90 miles. With east winds at 12 to 18 knots and 3 to 4 foot swells, conditions today were ideal for a Gulf Stream crossing. Cutter Loose motorsails on a broad reach the entire day. Other than one southbound cargo ship and a northbound RORO vessel, the waters between the U.S. and the Bahamas are free of traffic today.
Once anchored, we telephone the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to clear customs using our Local Boater Option ID. We provide our float plan number (submitted online from West End) and the officer provides us with an official clearance number. We are now officially cleared and legal to go ashore. This streamlined procedure saves us cab fare to the local Customs and Border Protection Office.
It has been a long day on the water. Sleep will come easy tonight.