sab30...well...most cruisers leave for West End from W.Palm Beach and they typically gather to wait for a weather break at the north end of Lake Worth moving down to just south of the inlet before they go. Generally a pack of boat leave whenever there is a weather window so your best bet is just to head up there when ready and hang out on the VHF to pick up buddy boats.
If I may also suggest a slightly different trip plan...Leave WPB at night say around 10PM. The inlet is well marked and lit. Instead of West End point a bit further north to Memory Rock and you will arrive on the Bahama banks at daylight with PLENTY of water under you and no worries...and you can keep heading to Great Sale Cay and pull in by mid afternoon. The next day you can weigh anchor early and arrive in Spanish Cay or Green Turtle to check into customs and you will have saved a day...had a passage with no navigational hazards and avoided a night in a no-see-um plagued marina AND had an easy check in. The EXPLORER chart books are the ONLY ones to use!
Oh yeah...I can't stress this enough...BE SURE TO WAIT FOR WEATHER AND FOR SEAS TO SETTLE DOWN. Never leave with any northerly component to the wind. You sometimes have to wait for 2 weeks at that time of year so don't be in any kind of hurry.
Last edited by camaraderie; 10-11-2006 at 12:13 AM.