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12-31-2001 01:05 PM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

I sailed a Tartan 27 through the northern Bahamas about 20 years ago. If your set up to cruise, you''ll be fine. The smallest cruiser I met was a 22 foot converted lifeboat. That guy had been all over the Bahamas with that boat.
12-28-2001 11:00 AM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

In 1962 two friends of mine,N.A. Morgan Embroden and present V.Com. of Seven Seas Cruising Assoc. C.Deveris sailed two Embroden designed Windjammers out of Ft.Laud. around the big island and spent three months exploring the out back of the abbies. The boats were 21'' long,gaff-rigged,no motors,each boat had two adults and two youngsters aboard.The slides were great. with 18" of draft they could and did go everywhere.
12-27-2001 04:08 AM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

You''ll have a wonderful time in the Bahamas. We''ve been there on and off over the last 4 years. Like an earlier poster, I''d recommend Steve Dodge''s guide to the Abacos. I also agree you should consider going from Lake Worth (Palm Beach), stopping at West End if you need a break, or go straight to Great Sale, and on to New Plymouth at Green Turtle Cay next day to clear customs. It''s about 24 hours at 6 knots from Lake Worth to Great Sale. The approach to the anchorage is uncomplicated, but back up your departure time to arrive during daylight.

The Abacos are so fine you may never get further south, but when you are ready it''s a long day''s run to Royal Island, at the top of Eleuthra, then there are several options for moving down the chains of islands. Just go.

We''ve enjoyed our Bahamas cruising a lot. We have a 34-footer with 6''6" draft and have never had any real problem with that. No fridge, very limited water supply, no windvane or fancy power toys. We''re happy to answer questions from anyone planning a trip. E-mail

Next month we start moving the boat back to Canada. We''ll keep it in the Chesapeake for a couple of months (any suggestions for dockage?), then home in May or June.

Happy cruising,
Bonnie and Jim
12-15-2001 04:32 AM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

Check out this link for 2 descriptions of makeing this trip in a Mac26. should be similer and will give you things to watch for.

ps. delete the period before the @ symbol to email me
12-09-2001 09:27 PM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

Reading in the Seven Seas Cruising Assoc. Bulletin they feel that the northern part of the Bahamas has not recovered from The Hurricane season and unless you have something to contribute stay away.
12-09-2001 05:45 AM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

KBaker: tried to email you but didn''t go through. Here''s mine. Tom
12-04-2001 05:41 PM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

KP, was I glad to see this message and the responses. My wife and I have been trying to plan a trip across for the summer in our montego 26 and we''re also wondering if it would be worth it. If anybody knows a good site or books that deals with small boat cruising I sure would be thankful. KP please stay in touch since we will be going after you, you might come back with info that would be helpful to us.
Thank you.
12-04-2001 03:37 AM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

Thanks for the input Tom. Please send me your e-mail address. --
12-03-2001 04:13 PM
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

I''ve made the trip many times in 30 footers and am going over in my Bayfield 29 in March or so. I usually head for West End from Palm Beach but I wait until it is fairly flat or a south to southeast wind. You can''t beat into an east wind and fight the stream. Keep me posted as to when you are going, I may go at the same time. Tom
12-02-2001 06:34 AM
doug and jane
Bahamas cruising in a small boat

Your plan to go to West End is correct! Get a copy of Dodge''s guide to the Abacos and/or the Explorer charts for planning, etc. We''ve done this trip numerous times and wouldn''t hesitate to go in a 26 ft boat we were comfortable with. You might also check into leaving from West Palm Beach. Feel free to email me if you want to get into details more. I''m in NC also.
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