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KBaker: tried to email you but didn''t go through. Here''s mine. RTR2169@aol.com Tom
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Reading in the Seven Seas Cruising Assoc. Bulletin they feel that the northern part of the Bahamas has not recovered from The Hurricane season and unless you have something to contribute stay away.
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Check out this link for 2 descriptions of makeing this trip in a Mac26. should be similer and will give you things to watch for.
http://www.macgregor26x.com/EXPLORE/index.shtml

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You''ll have a wonderful time in the Bahamas. We''ve been there on and off over the last 4 years. Like an earlier poster, I''d recommend Steve Dodge''s guide to the Abacos. I also agree you should consider going from Lake Worth (Palm Beach), stopping at West End if you need a break, or go straight to Great Sale, and on to New Plymouth at Green Turtle Cay next day to clear customs. It''s about 24 hours at 6 knots from Lake Worth to Great Sale. The approach to the anchorage is uncomplicated, but back up your departure time to arrive during daylight.

The Abacos are so fine you may never get further south, but when you are ready it''s a long day''s run to Royal Island, at the top of Eleuthra, then there are several options for moving down the chains of islands. Just go.

We''ve enjoyed our Bahamas cruising a lot. We have a 34-footer with 6''6" draft and have never had any real problem with that. No fridge, very limited water supply, no windvane or fancy power toys. We''re happy to answer questions from anyone planning a trip. E-mail ssnfld@yahoo.com

Next month we start moving the boat back to Canada. We''ll keep it in the Chesapeake for a couple of months (any suggestions for dockage?), then home in May or June.

Happy cruising,
Bonnie and Jim
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In 1962 two friends of mine,N.A. Morgan Embroden and present V.Com. of Seven Seas Cruising Assoc. C.Deveris sailed two Embroden designed Windjammers out of Ft.Laud. around the big island and spent three months exploring the out back of the abbies. The boats were 21'' long,gaff-rigged,no motors,each boat had two adults and two youngsters aboard.The slides were great. with 18" of draft they could and did go everywhere.
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I sailed a Tartan 27 through the northern Bahamas about 20 years ago. If your set up to cruise, you''ll be fine. The smallest cruiser I met was a 22 foot converted lifeboat. That guy had been all over the Bahamas with that boat.
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