The Abacos leave a lot to be desired. People wait weeks in Lake Worth
waiting for a good wind
. Remember you can't go across in any wind with a component of which is from the north. Since the wind is prevailing Northeast the window of opportunity is small. Since the wind and the current
are in this case running against each other, the waves in the middle of the Stream are called elephants.
Most people elect to not go during July, August, September, October is iffy.
Some say November is the best month.
Another consideration is that during the winter months there are so-called Northers which are cold strong winds that show up once or twice a month.
By the time one reaches George Town,the Northers have lost
a lot of their punch.
IMHO Lake worth/North Palm Beach is the most northerly port to leave for the Little Bahama bank.
If you are coming from the north the ICW
has few bridges under 65 feet and most of the others are "on demand", but after Stuart there are many bridges enroute to Miami
and the keys.
My current plan in early November is to leave from Lake Worth
and try to catch the northerly close shore current down to Government
Cut,where there is a good Anchorage immediately south of the Julia Tuttle Causeway.
Then to head
. One plus is that Gulfstream is weaker at that latitude. Most people after clearing in, cross the Bank to Chubb key and then by a variety of routes go to the Exuma's.
There is no best solution for going from Florida
to the Bahamas
Even though it is very short passage
one must plan very carefully. Many people have wretched crossings even when they have planned well.