Join Date: Jul 2002
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322 O''''Day to Bahamas
Gosh, I thought you were getting some helpful, appropriate advice...until you thru us the curve ball on the timing of your trip. Leaving the Mid-Atlantic States for the Bahamas in mid/late May, all of sudden I think of things like bug screens, wind scoops and good cockpit protection, let alone hydration habits, before you even reach the FL border.
And then a crossing sometime in June or July...? That raises a very different set of issues related to wx monitoring, storm anchoring plans, accummulating reliable information on the few decent anchorages where riding out a hurricane is something you''d even consider, and a few related fun topics. Folks summer in the Bahamas, despite the heat, bugs and storm season threats, but choosing that time frame for a first-time island visit is loading the dice a bit if you''re looking for relaxation and an openended itinerary.
Consequently, I''d offer the following list - a bit different from the other comments:
1. Reliable weather monitoring (don''t count on using VHF) of multiple sources (WxFax & SSB)
2. Savvy understanding of how to use the wx f''casts, wx graphics products you pull down
3. Somewhat extreme storm anchoring gear and a storm anchoring plan (assume a major wind shift with storm force conditions on both sides of it)
4. Solid understanding about which hurricane holes you will want to stay within 1-2 days of reaching...and how satisfied you will be with the impact of these constraints on your overall cruising goals
5. For the sites ID''d above, what your own personal plans are once the storm anchoring is completed - stay on the boat? or where can you go, if that isn''t your idea of a ''growth experience'' <g>
Sorry to sound negative, but better you think ''worst case'' given the consequences - and probability - of storms during summer in the islands. Good luck, too.