OK, mea culpa...I should have checked my charts
before commenting. Now I've checked the charts
for that area it is clear what the problem is. I've read about the "rage seas" in the cuts but have never sailed in that area. However, here in Puerto Rico
we sometimes get some really high seas from storms that are hundreds of miles away so I suppose it is a similar phenomenon.
I was originally thinking of clearing in at West End but if the weather
is right, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Beach to Great Sale
Cay looks OK. My cruising guides
say that the anchoring
in Gt. Sale
is good for most conditions but no good with wind
from the south. It looks like about 45 NM from West End (Indian Rock) to Gt. Sale. And, it also looks like you want pretty good sunlight and tide help to get through the Indian Cay Channel. I draw about 5 1/2 ft loaded up.
A few more questions... I have downloaded the inbound customs
form, C2A, but there is another form, C5, Declaration of Consumables. I assume that one is for cruise
ships and the like and not for small pleasure craft. There are also limits on importing alcoholic beverages. I think it is 2 liters of alcohol and something like a case of beer
. Are these limits enforced? Does everyone declare the cases of beer
that are stored in lockers and in your bilge
? I was hoping to carry several cases...enough to get us pretty far down the islands. I'm especially concerned about the time, once we've left the Abacos and headed down the Exumas
. I haven't been in the Bahamas
for a while but my recollection is that grog is relatively plentiful and cheap
. Also, on the Bahamas Customs
web site they say you need a "Health Declaration". But I haven't found anything else about it. If I just declare that I'm healthy, will that do it?
Thanks for any advice or suggestions.