Originally Posted by imagine2frolic
Are you familiar with a difficult crossing in a wind with any north in it over 15 knots? This time of year some people wait many many weeks to depart Floriduh.
You might want to explore farther south in Florida until you get a good window. Leaving from farther south also give the stream on your quarter. BEST WISHES in getting across the Bahamas are wonderful, and the farther south the better.......i2f
i2f could not be more correct, and many who were adhering to a "schedule" have made such a crossing, only to swear they would never do it again.
The Gulf Stream is like a conveyor heading north at 3-4Kts, and any sea building out of the North will then "stand up". It will not produce rollers, but a sharp wave which will produce a violent motion. Some call it a "barking sea".
Even though it would seem from Ft Worth that a Northerly would be a fair wind on the port quarter, if the boat is slamming down from every wave and you are going against such a strong current, being pooped occaisionally, it can be the longest short crossing ever.
If your boat is stout enough to handle the ride, your crew may not be, and they may want to catch the puddle jumper back.