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Bahamas-Sailing to Cat Island first time

hi, we are sailing to cat island in the beginning of June 2015 in our 26 Pearson headed down the intracoastal from port canaveral fl, what city would be the best to leave towards Bahamas we are thinking to anchor off North Bimini or big rock, is there any safe anchorage there? and then onto chub key for customs and then headed to our home in south cat island, what whould be best way to go? we know it is not the season to leave and also it is hurricane season but we got stuck working, we are also novice sailors. Thanks for any help.
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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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