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Best route from Clearwater/Tampa/StPete to Bahamas???
I'm leaving mid-week and trying to decide whether to sail down to the Marathon/Key Largo area or through Lake Okachobee to the Stuart area and down a ways and then over the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas.
I know the cruising guides say - it depends on your destination - but I can see going to either Bimini/Berrys or the more northerly Abacos - so which is a better route for a 30' Sloop, 8000lb displacement racer-cruiser Seidelmann 299, with Yanmar 2GM engine (15 horse) AND A DEEP KEEL OF 5'5" CRUISING OVER AS FIRST TIMERS TO THE BAHAMAS?
And specific suggestions, routes and moorings/marinas are most welcome.