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Re: Northern Bahamas- current situation?
Id consider to make a telephone call to the Bahamian Embassy in DC to obtain the latest info on operating entry ports, major hazards to navigation. Of course being the Bahamas, official info must not be taken as 'gospel'.
Since 'the usual' track from West Palm / Lake Worth to the Abacos is to enter (the banks) through 'Memory Rock' which over the past few years has become more shallow .... Id ask for the condition of that pass onto the banks ...or if Spanish Cay (Marina) or Green Turtle (Marina) are open for entry, you might want to telephone them directly (My usual entry port for this track is Green Turtle Club Marina). The alternative would be to clear in a West End (Old Bahama Bay Marina) and ask for the current info on safely entering the Little Bahama Banks, etc. Note do NOT enter Old bahama Bay on a stong W-NW blow unless youre confident in navigating through rages.
Explorer or e-charts derived from Explorer charts are the bible for travelling the Bahamas.
Like you I dont like crowds, so for my most recent visits Ive enjoyed entering at the Abacos and then sliding south from there ...Abacos (Lynyard Cay) --> Spanish Wells / Royal Harbor and then south. Sadly, I think Bimini (and New Providence Island) is become too dangerous for boaters due to the current drug trade.