Originally Posted by Snail17
I'm looking for route
advice for a spring sail from St Thomas to Miami
. The boat has a 7' draft
. We're in no hurry and can wait for windows, but it will also be just the two of us and the admiral doesn't take the helm
in big seas. We've looked at the charts
for the Old Bahama Channel, which looks too shallow along the banks. So, that leaves the Thorny Path? Or am I missing something?
There is plenty of water
along the OBC, even on the banks in most places. What's missing are protected places to anchor
unless you're planning on running non-stop. That's a long haul with only two people however.
The way we go is to island hop up through the thorny path. It's an interesting run and plenty of places to stop, rest up, and wait for weather
if necessary. Typically we'll go USVI to Puerto Rico
south coast; PR to Cap Cana Marina in the DR; Cap Cana to Puerto Bahia
Marina; Puerto Bahia
to the Turks and Caicos
; T&C to Abrams Bay, Mayaguana; Abrams Bay to south end of Acklins; Acklins to Clarence Town, Long Island
; CT to west side of Cape Santa Maria, Long Island
; CSM to George Town and on up the Exumas
to US via Northwest Channel and Castle Rock passage
. In Puerto Rico
some good stops are Palmas del Mar Marina in the south east and Puerto Real Marina just north of Boqueron. Puerto Real has excellent prices on diesel fuel
. In the Exumas don't miss Warderick Wells, just about everyone's favorite stop.