We just returned from a hellish sailing charter to Exuma. It was a joint charter from Navtours and Dream Yacht Charter.Looking at Navtours for an Exuma charter May 2018. My wife and I cruised for two wonderful years and spent many months in the Bahamas. Last year had a great charter in the BVI's, but can't wait to show our charter mates the beautiful Bahamas. I agree, the clear waters and wonderful people can't be beat. Navtours looks good. Any other charter company we should check out? Last Bahamas cruise was 7 years ago. Any valuable updates or suggestions would really be welcome.
I'm sure we will and thank you!You will have a great time. It does have one advantage over the 379 in that it has a full beam swim platform.
Let me know if you have any specific questions.
I just returned from a week long charter in the Exumas through Dream Yacht charters and the Navtours base.
First (and most important) the bottom line: the Exumas were beautiful and I would go again and use Dream/Navtours.
The Exumas: much more spartan than BVI or the Windward islands. In November you will have the anchorages to yourself, with maybe 1 or 2 others. There are not many "beach bars" though some upscale resort restaurants. We ate on board most nights. The navigation is fairly straightforward (we stayed on the banks and did not navigate through the cuts to the sound, simply because it wasn't necessary). The water is gorgeous and and the scenery stunning. Nice hiking and Thunderball grotto is a necessary stop, as is Shroud Cay and Leaf Cay.
The base: the Navtours base is nice. Located on Nassau about 20 minutes from the airport at a private marina and resort. You have use of the pool, bar and restaurant - a nice way to ease into a vacation. There is a good grocery store a few minutes away and Navtours will shuttle you to the store and back. They will even provide bags to carry your groceries. The store has everything you need.
One minor downside is that the base is a full days sail from the Exumas chain. That means that a 7 day charter turns into a 5 day Exumas cruise and one day in and out. That said, it is a nice sail. You do have to cross the Yellow Banks, an area with about 10-12 foot depth and several large coral heads that can ruin your day and are reported to come within 4 feet of the surface. I believe it. In good conditions (on our way out) with a clear sky and sun overhead it was easy to see the coral head against a white sand backdrop. We quickly got used to dodging the coral. On our return, with overcast skies and 20+ knots of breeze whipping up a chop, it was much harder to see the coral but we managed to get through without incident.
Five days until we leaveI would recommend JSL3's approach of one way if that's an option for you. That will give you a much more leisurely pace.
Can't help much with the water - we clean up in saltwater and limit freshwater to rinsing. We used gallon jugs for coffee and cooking (though the boat did have a good filter to use the tank for drinking water). We had plenty of water left.