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Any surf spots known in the Bahamas that can be accessed by sailboat. I will be taking a 30' Watkins in the spring as well as my 6'6" WRV...anyone ever done both???
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Best in the winter when big swells roll in. No crowds or surf nazis.

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well you have 4 major sources for swell there and the season will make the difference. during the winter as low pressure fronts/storms come off of the us ec and move NE towards nova scotia you will get N/NNE swells coming down. AS these storms track to the north Atlantic they tend to bomb out once south of Greenland and can set up another fetch, this time a little more NE. in the summer you have hurricanes and trade winds that can set up solid consistant ESE/E swell.

assuming that you are going in the winter some time then Jan/Feb is your best chance for N/NNE surf. basically if the NE gets nailed with a nice snow storm then you can bet that about 2 days later the Bahamas will get some swell. As far as exact spots, well just explore, not many crowds and not many surfers or access. A good chart and some long hours studying Google maps will help out greatly.

good luck and report back your findings!
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thanks guys...will be sure to
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Any surf spots known in the Bahamas that can be accessed by sailboat. I will be taking a 30' Watkins in the spring as well as my 6'6" WRV...anyone ever done both???
Yes to doing both. Surfed Long Beach (Long Island, NY) last Friday, right after sunrise, with my son. Also surfed Sunday with him. Friday was 16 degrees and the wind was really cranking. It was cold. I think the rest of the year will be uphill from there.

Would love to hear more about your Bahama Surfing Safari. It would really add to the allure of the Bahamas, at least for this family with at least one young surfer that drags dad with him.

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Yes to doing both. Surfed Long Beach (Long Island, NY) last Friday, right after sunrise, with my son. Also surfed Sunday with him. Friday was 16 degrees and the wind was really cranking. It was cold. I think the rest of the year will be uphill from there.
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yeah the water is cold up here in NY, 6mm full suit, booties, gloves, and hoods are mandatory. I, myself am a long boarder but use a bunch of old school fish shapes alot.
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Since no one above has mentioned an actual site, I'll suggest the best place in the Northern Bahamas. You can carry a five foot draft south of Hopetown between Lubber's Quarter's and Elbow Cay. Anchor off White Sound and dinghy into the Abaco Inn. A very short walk across to the ocean side will bring you to wha't hard to find in the Bahamams. excellent surf. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Since no one above has mentioned an actual site, I'll suggest the best place in the Northern Bahamas. You can carry a five foot draft south of Hopetown between Lubber's Quarter's and Elbow Cay. Anchor off White Sound and dinghy into the Abaco Inn. A very short walk across to the ocean side will bring you to wha't hard to find in the Bahamams. excellent surf. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
CaptainForce -- We have a 6 foot draft. Is there any margin to get our boat there? Also, any chance of getting a lat/lon?

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Dude, I gotta say, your cool quotient is definitely on the rise. Are you a long boarder or short boarder?
Smack,

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Note the (salt water) ice on my son's back and in his hair. Knee high surf, so fortunately no duck-diving.

I'm riding a 7'2", which at my 220 pounds is a bit short. And I can barely get up. Desk-job you know. I need to stick with it until summer and lose about 20 pounds.

Lucas got a 100% on his Social Studies mid-term. So I felt I had to go, no matter the weather.

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