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post #6 of Old 03-18-2013
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Re: Florida to Bahamas in May

Crossing from Florida to the Bahamas on a FIXED schedule on any boat is not wise. On a 20ft sailboat with a small OB it is REALLY not wise.

Sure if conditions are benign and nothing goes wrong you will make it from FTL to West End. So WAIT for a favourable forecast before leaving.

BUT I would have a bail out plan that might see you cruising down the Florida cays if the wind has any North in it or is blowing 15knts + from the East.

I have made the trip to the Bahamas a few times in my 38 ft steel ketch which is a good blue water boat. The only time I had concerns for her safety and stability was when I got caught out in the Gulf Stream with the wind coming from the North.
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