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Update on Bahama bank
OK, just a little update...it's been awhile since I've had decent internet access. Spent a little longer at Old Bahama Bay because of my finger injury, then went Indian Cay onto the banks. I was hoping to use my Interphase forward looking sonar but it wouldn't turn on that morning for some reason. Anyway, on the first day with the deeper water in the lee of the reef the high tide was 7am--so I entered the cut around 6:30am. Still mostly dark and it was fly-by-instrument using Explorer chartbook waypoints. I never had less than 3 feet under my 5'6" keel so kudos to Explorer. I did use my radar to verify that my GPS was on target by doing radar bearing lines. So onward to Great Sale Cay and the nice sand/mud anchorage there.
To make a long story short, I was using Pavlidis and he suggests a deeper route into Carters Cays--DON'T DO IT. Luckily, the bottom is sand and kedging+sails+strong gusts finally got us free on high tide (I immediately left by the "traditional route which has shoaled in recent years" and never even bumped bottom. So Steve, redo that part of your book. Seems most people I ran into were using Dodge rather than Pavlidis. We fought headwinds and have only made it as far as Treasure Cay. I sent my wife and daughter to Treasure Cay by ferry+taxi from Green Turtle and then did Whale Cay Passage with a couple of local sailors; we had 5-7 swells + 1-2 chop on top after about a week of 8-10+ so I was happy. Treasure Cay is lovely but I've now flown back to have my finger worked on so that's it for now.