Here's my take on south Florida
to the Bahamas I recently posted on another site..
If you're crossing from Miami
or further south do not stop in Bimini.
I told that to a couple of newbies from my club who are now stuck in Bimini, been there a week, looks like another before they get out. Go from Miami
, about 30 hours. They were so worried about the crossing they just wanted to get across the gulf stream
and thought they had it made getting to Bimini.
The reason for this is that you usually cross when a front is coming and the wind
starts clocking. Most cross when the wind
gets to south or west. The secret is to get to Nassau
before the wind clocks around to east again after the front passes. Depending on the severity of the front that's usually within the thirty hours. If you stop in Bimini and even if you set out the next day most likely the wind has gone NE or E, a tough slog across the Great Bahama Bank and it will likely be E when you get to to the Tongue of the Ocean, a tougher slog to get to Nassau. The secret is to get to Nassau as fast as possible. Then you've got the Exumas
ahead of you. Not stuck in Bimini.
As for Abaco
do that on the way home. The weather
will be much better that far north later in the year. Go south to the Exumas