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We crossed from just south of Key Biscayne. We waited for weather to clock out of the north; and didn't make a move until it was out of the east. The point of departure was through Angel Fish Creek, just north of Pumpkin Island ( a nice spot to wait for weather ) You have to take into account that you will be crossing the Gulf Stream, and sailing a vector to stay on your rhum line.
From Angel Fish it was about a 50m crossing. We left at midnight and arrived at Gun Quay Light around 4pm. You don't want to arrive anywhere in the Bahamas in the dark or with the sun in front of you, unless you have local knowledge.
Under ideal conditions - rarely - you could cross the stream on one day, and spend 12 days gunkholing, and return on the 14th day. Chances are that you won't have the weather window and will become impatient, and make the crossing with the wind out of the north. People do it, but it isn't a good idea.
I suggest you save a little cash and fly into the Bahamas and charter a boat. Spend your time snorkling, spearfishing, drinking, eating and partying. Or... you could bank more holiday time and have a very memorable experience. Otherwise take at the very least 6 weeks. This would make taking your own boat worthwhile. Stock up on premium rum in Nassau. The Berry Islands are very nice, as is the Exuma chain.
My all time favorite anchorages were at Ships Channel Quay (top of the Exumas) and Joes Cut (top end of Long Island) Even if you have the time to make it down to George Town, I would advise you to skip that scene. It's very easy to get sucked into spending too much time there. I did, and regretted it. I should have gone to the Turks and Caicos instead.
Have fun, and make sure you have a large water capacity. Take extra jerry cans if you have to. Rig a way to collect rain water from the deck if possible. Make sure you have a good inflatable with at least 6hp. Spears. Snorkels, weight belts, fins, shorty wet suit.
I hope you weigh all you options..
Last edited by maarty10; 09-19-2010 at 09:34 PM.