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ramonex1 06-26-2013 01:46 PM

Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
I am leaving in two weeks for the Bahamas to spend three weeks cruising around the islands with some friends, the plan is to go all the way down to Providenciales on a Benetaeau Sence 50' wich draws 7'
I have heard that hurricane holes there, are few and far between ... does anyone know of a list? Or have some recommendations?

Vasco 06-26-2013 03:16 PM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
From the top of the Bahamas to the bottom is about 400 miles and many, many cays. There are hurricane holes, many are dependent on draft. Seven feet is a bit steep for many of them. You would get a better response if you knew your route.

svHyLyte 06-27-2013 08:38 AM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
The Cruising Guide(s) to the Bahamas authored by Steve Pavlidis (a must have if you're cruising there) lists the hurricane holes that might be available on various islands. Many are also highlighted in the Explorer Charts (also a must have). You can also check ActiveCaptain.com which is an excellent reference. Unfortunately tho', your draft is going to be an issue in many otherwise potential refuges.

FSMike 06-27-2013 01:20 PM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by svHyLyte (Post 1050572)
The Cruising Guide(s) to the Bahamas authored by Steve Pavlidis (a must have if you're cruising there) lists the hurricane holes that might be available on various islands. Many are also highlighted in the Explorer Charts (also a must have). You can also check ActiveCaptain.com which is an excellent reference. Unfortunately tho', your draft is going to be an issue in many otherwise potential refuges.

What he said.

ramonex1 06-27-2013 01:52 PM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Vasco (Post 1050186)
From the top of the Bahamas to the bottom is about 400 miles and many, many cays. There are hurricane holes, many are dependent on draft. Seven feet is a bit steep for many of them. You would get a better response if you knew your route.

Thanks Vasco
We'll be going hopefully all the way to Providenciales

sdwcheney 07-17-2013 10:14 PM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
Grand Bahamas Yacht Club just east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

ramonex1 07-18-2013 02:57 AM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
Thanks good to have one more on the list.

Group9 07-18-2013 07:43 AM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
I've cruised the Bahamas a few times. I wouldn't want to be trying to find a good hurricane hole with seven feet of draft. That's a lot. And, they don't get a lot of surge.

On the northern gulf of mexico coast, we usually get a lot of surge the day before a hurricane hits, that usually last until its gone, which allows us to get into and out of places before and after a hurricane that we couldn't get into normally.

You don't have that factor working for you down there.

ImASonOfaSailor 07-18-2013 08:22 AM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
OK since i am not a sailor in the OCEAN! What is a Hurricane Hole?

DRFerron 07-18-2013 10:25 AM

Re: Hurricane holes in the Bahamas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ImASonOfaSailor (Post 1060930)
OK since i am not a sailor in the OCEAN! What is a Hurricane Hole?

A cove or river or some place sheltered where one can secure one's boat during a hurricane or extreme weather. You don't have to be a blue water sailor to need one. Here in the Chesapeake, those who prefer not to have their boats hauled will find one to anchor in and ride out the storm on board.


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