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Charts for the Bahamas
We are headed for the Bahamas this fall, and have purchased both the Maptech and Explorer charts. After comparing them in detail, the Explorer are clearly superior. Lots more detail, better soundings, etc.
That said, Pavlidis also has cruising guides for the Bahamas with the best soundings of all--he coupled a depth sounder, laptop and GPS together on a fast dingy and sounded most of the harbors in the Bahamas. I just bought the complete set and it is impressive. His guides are also fantastic--not just the rote and dry "keep the reef to port...." kinda stuff. Rather lots of local interest and character.
So, for my 2 cents, use Pavlidis guides and Explorer charts.