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Old 21-02-2013, 09:58   #16
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Oh my, don't listen to the cruisers in GeorgeTown... we call that Chicken Harbor for a reason as you'll quickly find out after arriving there


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I agree. They think the Florida Straits is a voyage.

I disagree with you missing the Eastern Caribbean.

As for that book...................
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Old 22-02-2013, 15:17   #17
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In your shoes.. unless I had a pressing reason to do the Bahama's and such I'd sail N and across the top of them out into the Atlantic on the SW'lies until I picked up the N'lies that carrry me far enough E then run down to St Martin on the NE'lies... 7-8 days... from there to St Barts then down to Antigua... from there its all downhill.. see the stuff you missed when you take the boat back... its only 400 miles Trini to BVI's as the crow flies..
If you need gear buy it in ST Martins.. cheapest in the Islands.. met one guy who'd flown up from Trini... said the savings (time & money)covered his flight and night in a hotel..
Well, the wife agrees with this. I think we will sail east out of ST Augustine until it's time to turn south and make way for the Virgin Islands. Bahamas will be for next year... or the year after. Worst case, we make some miles east and have to turn south early and go into the Exumas from the North.
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Well, the wife agrees with this. I think we will sail east out of ST Augustine until it's time to turn south and make way for the Virgin Islands. Bahamas will be for next year... or the year after. Worst case, we make some miles east and have to turn south early and go into the Exumas from the North.
That wouod be a real punishment... Not
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Well, the wife agrees with this. I think we will sail east out of ST Augustine until it's time to turn south and make way for the Virgin Islands. Bahamas will be for next year... or the year after. Worst case, we make some miles east and have to turn south early and go into the Exumas from the North.
Start checking www.passageweather.com every day for the winds in the Florida to W.Indies section from now until you sail.. get a feel for the systems coming through and how far up to go to grab those N'lies.. (you can see them coming across)... so timing departure is handy.
Hope my advice works for you..
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Start checking www.passageweather.com every day for the winds in the Florida to W.Indies section from now until you sail.. get a feel for the systems coming through and how far up to go to grab those N'lies.. (you can see them coming across)... so timing departure is handy.
Hope my advice works for you..
I'll only have one person to blame...you! Oh yeah, and MarkJ too

I really have to get a handle on those weather systems. Up until now, we have been able to just pay attention to the local forecast and it tells us enough.

We were just looking at Passageweather and that has us a bit worried.... 45knt winds and 8m waves at just about the turning south point right now. Ouch! We will have to plan this well!

Seems the recommended turning point is about 60 degrees, and that puts us at about 1500 miles... about 15 days for our little boat.
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I'll only have one person to blame...you! Oh yeah, and MarkJ too

Well my little boat made it.

Anyway if you blame us I'll buy the rum as compensation. At $11.50 per LITRE of the good stuff I dont mind shouting a round! Even for Boatman!!!
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Do the Thorny Path, read Van Zant's book, and adjust accordingly to time and desires. You are coming up on the very best time to be in the Bahamas. Work your way down the Island chain and enjoy, if that is your goal. Problem is, each stop has great attractions and you will hate to leave. Unless you are constrained by your insurance requirements, push the envelope a bit, you usually have enough time to adjust where you are if you are prudent in watching weather developments. You will be surprised how quickly those baby steps become longer strides. Listen to everybody, but make your own decisions.
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