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Re: Bahamas-Sailing to Cat Island first time
You won't be novice sailors once you make it to Cat.
Go to No Name Harbor (south Miami) to cross. Farther south (Angelfish Creek, or Rodriguez Key) would be even better if you want to take the time getting there.
Once on the banks, you can anchor. We've done it twice, but wasn't all that relaxing.
The problem you're likely to face, is winds of 10-20 knots from the east or ESE. Pretty much where you need to go. It's going to be slow going on a 26' boat.
Barring hurricane activity, the only other caution is to be prepared for plenty of thunderstorms in June. We like to be gone from the Bahamas by the beginning of April because of this.
Most cruisers I've seen leave from Georgetown to get to Cat, because it's a bash from Eleuthera or the Exumas. But, you can just wait for favorable winds. Hopefully, others with experience going to Cat will chime in. I've never been, but it's on my list for the future.
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