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Well...safesest, nicest beach for kiddies is on Treasure Cay.
Nicest snorkeling I think is on the ocean side of Guana Cay...walk south on beach from Nippers to high rocks and the reefs are pretty close in but this is not safe for little kids...though they will enjoy the lovely beach and close in surf.
Decent snorkeling for little kids is available at the beach just across the road from the Jib Room...lots of fish to look at.
Also recommend the beach at Hope town. You can take moorings at both Hopetpwn and Guana. Dinghy to the Jib room to get to the beach across the road.
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Here,here on Spanish Cay for Customs. Our favorite. Fast & easy. Follow the wind recommendations for a drama free crossing. We pushed a tight weather window and the Gulfstream turned into a washing machine. Took a 10 hour beating from 15-20' waves over the bow.
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Not that it is a real problem Sky but you posted on the end of a thread that was last active several years ago so you might not get the visibility your comments deserve.
We would love to hear about your adventures.
Why don't you start a new thread and tell us about yourself, your boat and your crossing experiences.
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Re: First time sail to Bahamas

Dear Experienced Sailors,

I think about renting Beneteau '40 sailboat for sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Port Lucaya Marina, Grand Bahamas Island next year May 2013. It will be my first big step and I will build my confidence in my sailing skills.

Personally, I experienced in sailing on 24 ft. long J/24 sailboat since last year. Last Fall, we motored our rental sailboat across 3-5 ft. waves to Catalina Island overnight with my ASA instructor for my Bareboat & coastal cruising course 104. I am still rookie learning how to dock and undock a large sailboat 40 ft long. Also I will need to practice my sailing skills on that large sailboat this summer. I just completed ASA courses from 101 to 105. I will plan to take ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising course 106 this Fall.

Beside weather & wind issues, do you have any other advice for me about crossing Gulf Stream safely? Should I rent a life raft, EPIRB and plenty of water jugs for just in case of emergency althought it is about 60 nautical miles crossing? Is it wise choice for me to cross Gulf Stream overnight without hiring the experienced captain?

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Re: First time sail to Bahamas

Interesting thread, thankyou for all the helpful suggestions especially wind issues.
-JD Heard of anyone doing the crossing in 20-22 footers?
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Re: First time sail to Bahamas

'Interesting looking back at this old thread. I see all the thoughts in crossing suggestions and I continue to be amazed that people ignore the potential advantage of the 2.5kt average northerly current of the Gulfstream. You must take about a 120 degree course to make due east from Lake Worth to West End. Why not head up with the current from Lauderdale? .....more miles, but faster,- easier. ...Miami to Bimini... take advantage! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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'Interesting looking back at this old thread. I see all the thoughts in crossing suggestions and I continue to be amazed that people ignore the potential advantage of the 2.5kt average northerly current of the Gulfstream. You must take about a 120 degree course to make due east from Lake Worth to West End. Why not head up with the current from Lauderdale? .....more miles, but faster,- easier. ...Miami to Bimini... take advantage! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Many more miles for sure...a days trip to Ft. Lauderdale to save a couple of hours crossing time to West End and nothing to north of Memory Rock. If you are going to the Nassau or Bimini then it's worth heading south to south Biscayne Bay or Miami.
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Re: First time sail to Bahamas

Thank you (CaptainForce & Ebs001) for your advices. What level should I be qualified in order to sail on my own (not hiring captain) to West End, Nassau or Bimini? I thought that West End is safe destination for me to begin and experience. When I arrive in West End, I will know that I can sail to Nassau and Bimini in order to develop more experiences. Is that right?
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Re: First time sail to Bahamas

ksgallyrit, check this out before you decide where your going to go in the Bahamas: Cruising to the Abacos, Bahamas
Most people motor across the stream or at a minimum motor sail. If you have a good weather window all you need is navigation skills. Once on the Banks you can practice your sailing skills in relative protection. Bahamas tend to be a winter destination so there are very few boats crossing to the Bahamas in May (most are returning). If you were crossing in November or December it is usually easy to get a buddy boat or two with whom to do the crossing. It is always a better way to go so it's worth asking on VHF 16 before you go.
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Many more miles for sure...a days trip to Ft. Lauderdale to save a couple of hours crossing time to West End and nothing to north of Memory Rock. If you are going to the Nassau or Bimini then it's worth heading south to south Biscayne Bay or Miami.
Sure, you're right! .....and most people are coming from the north as the OP for their trip across to the Bahamas, but not all. I've also seen people wait for a few days for a "weather window" in Lake Worth while they could take one or two of those waiting days to position themselves south to Lake Sylvia or Key Biscayne to better ride the "Stream". Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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