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Bahamas cruising in a small boat
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bonnie and Jim