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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos
Crossed both directions on Dean 39 cat. Trip from St. Augustine direct to Abacos, had a nasty 20 hour storm from the south first night crossing the stream, 3 of the 4 crew out of commision with sea seasickness, (it was GREAT!) Next day had very large 20 a 30 swells with light winds 4th crewmember sick (it wasn't great), Got into to the Gulfstream back current heading east above the Abacos, surfed crossed into Abacos in poorly marked channel (nail biting).
Trip back was a breeze, similar course lighter winds.
Wouldn't recommend unless in heavy narrow vessel that beats well into the wind, while most moderate displacement wide boats will beat the heck out of the crew.
Other route considered crossing St.aug. to Northern Bahamas, and frequently used my our old yacht club members, with east winds,was to hug the Florida coast inside the GulfStream getting back eddies of up to 1-2 mph current then cross near Ft Pierce.