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Re: Caribbean Draft?
We've done the chain from StMaarten through Grenada including Barbuda on a boat with 7 feet of draft, a Bene 36.7. It really wasn't an issue anywhere except the odd spot here and there.. entering Spanish Bay in Barbuda required some pretty cautions conning, and it's an area that had to be avoided with big swells that would have diminished the 2-3 foot clearance to the bottom. Otherwise we pretty much anchored in 5-6 metres depths, which was no issue with the draft. The passages, unlike the Bahamas, are seriously deep water of course, so there's no draft issue then.
We were easily able to dock at Nelsons Dockyard stern to, despite the deep rudder too, and it was rare indeed that we 'snuck/felt' our way into an anchorage. However there were some pretty spots that we had to forego, but there was always a suitable spot nearby. (Ten Pound Bay on Antigua is amazing, but too tight and shallow - Ricketts off Green Island is nearby and deep - Ten Pound was an easy dinghy ride away)
If you find a nice boat with that draft, for that part of your voyaging it won't be a problem.
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