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My philosophy is "Dont worry about looks, in fact you want your boat to look old and tired to avoid looking like a prosperous "target". However, your rigging and basic systems should be in very good shape. Avoid anything complex. Use a porta-potti instead of marine head." My 28' S2 does not even have a connection for shore power. Fixing stuff in the bahamas is often difficult but MArsh HArbor does have one of the best hardware stores I have ever seen.
One advantage of a smaller boat is that when you are the smallest boat in the harbor, you attract either admiration or "you'r effin nuts" so you meet a lot of people.
An advantage of having your boat look kinda "run down" is that the locals find it easier to commiserate with you than if it looks expensive.
Dude... we must be long lost brothers...
As to porta-potti preference... really??? It seems counter-intuitive...
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

3.5 or 4ft you're still able to get where others cant.....
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A few others to consider that may be available in your budget:

Alberg 30
Pearson Triton 28
Southern Cross 28

And then there's this gem noted by Charlie Doane: Pearson Alberg 35 Real Cheap on Craigslist
Those are undoubtedly good boats, but I'm hoping for a draft under 4 feet.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Keep in mind that there are still locations in the Bahamas where diesel fuel is not available, or the price is out of this world. I'm fortunate in that I have an Atomic-4 gasoline engine, and gasoline is available just about everywhere in the world, including many of the smaller Bahama Islands.

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3.5 or 4ft you're still able to get where others cant.....
That is quite comforting. There are not that many passage-safe boats with draft under 4 feet.
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Keep in mind that there are still locations in the Bahamas where diesel fuel is not available, or the price is out of this world. I'm fortunate in that I have an Atomic-4 gasoline engine, and gasoline is available just about everywhere in the world, including many of the smaller Bahama Islands.

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That is a good point too. Storing extra diesel fuel on board a small boat is a royal pain...
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My 1965 Soverel 28, 3 feet board up 8 feet down, has been almost every where in the Bahamas you can go and some places they say you can't. 6 feet of head room, sleeps 3 and screws none as they say. Great little boats, you can pick 'em for a few grand and out fit them for about the same.
Thanks, that is interesting. Soverel 28 has a really low ballast to displacement ratio (under 20%), one I would never consider safe enough for open sea crossing. Have you ever run into rough weather in that boat? How did it do?
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The boats I would pick (including what I currently have)
Cape Dory 27
Bayfield 25 & 29
Bristol 27
Nor'sea 27
Bristol Channel Cutter 28
Pacific Seacraft Flicka (about 20')
Pacific Seacraft Dana 24
Albin Vega 27

These are the boats I was considering when I was looking around.
A few of these are out of my price range. The first 3 and Vega are definitely on my list.
Nor'sea 27 would be a great choice but they are way too expensive for me.
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?

Seafarer 26 offers a lot of boat for the size, if you can find one. SEAFARER 26 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

4' draft
6' 1" headroom in cabin
skeg hung rudder
lead encapsulated keel
solid hand laid fiberglass
wheel steering

We were lucky to find a 1981 that had been sailed minimally and seasonally in fresh water. The original Yanmar 1 GM is in perfect condition. It's been a great boat. It would get to the Bahamas easy enough. I've read that it has done some significant offshore passages, though not much details are available.

Another boat we looked at was a Grampian 26. Again, a lot of boat for the $, and I think there's quite of few of them out there.
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As for diesel fuel.... we are talking about "sail"boats here??? personally I have used 10gal of fuel since new years and traveled almost 300nm from marsh harbor to eleuthrea to exumas to long island and only carry a total of 30 gal on board....it is a sail boat...its meant to be sailed...as long as you wait for weather windows the winds will take you to the destination
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