Join Date: Apr 2000
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Welcome to Chartering
Winters are a little chilly in the Bahamas and there are typical storms that may surprise you in the passage either way. How much OFFSHORE experience do you have before you consider this charter?
I would strongly recommend flying to the Abacos and chartering a boat there. It will save you days and much aggravation and frustration for the non-sailors in your party. If you encounter rough weather, you may succeed in turning people off to the sport. On the other hand if you have offshore experience, are a good navigator, been in rough weather, and have a crew who do not object to standing watch and have their sea legs, try it.
There are companies in Miami and Ft Lauderdale who will charter you a boat (if you have 2 qualified sailors). That is why I would strongly recommend speaking to a charter broker who will ask you about 30 questions before making recommendations on companies, boats, etc., based on your experience, age and personalities of crew, and so on. I think you will find this information invaluable and probably you will save money as well.
Personally, I would not go in the dead of Winter to the Bahamas. It is not as warm as you think, if you look at the Florida Winter temperatures. Unless you object to the cost or time to fly, I would strongly recommend the British Virgin Islands first and especially that time of year.
Although I have been a charter broker for 29 years, I would be happy to give you more unbiased information if you would like it.
Good luck and have a wonderful time.