Originally Posted by Group9
Is there even any place on the banks they could make it across?
They probably don't cross the banks. They probably go out and around.
And that's the point. Yes, you can get around with almost any sort of draft. But you are going to be limited in the routes that you can take, and there will be some places that you cannot get into. You will have to pay close attention and choose your routes, marinas
, and anchorages
as much based on your draft as on any other criteria.
For the Bahamas I would say the shallower the draft the better, at least within reason. With an 8' draft the OP is going to be limited. There are a number of marinas
that you won't be able to get into, or will have to wait for high tide to get in and out. There are a number of anchorages that will be likewise. You will have to pay close attention to the routes that you take, and to the tides.
A boat with a 5' draft would be much less limited, and would have much less to worry about. Nonetheless, it is certainly possible for you to get around in the Bahamas with an 8' draft. Have fun!