Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-01-2013, 22:10   #16
Registered User

Join Date: May 2008
Location: daytona beach florida
Boat: csy 37
Posts: 2,844
Images: 1
Re: Abacos island family getaway

victor -

crossing will be a lot better in june than january. just watch the weather. with a powerboat like yours, doing maybe 15 to 20, you would be at west end in maybe five hours, so you don't need a huge weather window like us sailors. just make sure you've got enough fuel.

should have mentioned the 'cruisers net' on vhf 16 every morning. lots of local information about the goings on around abaco. you may not be able to pick it up everywhere in abaco - stronger near marsh harbor.

and if someone back in the states has to reach you in an emergency, cruisers net will broadcast your boat name and emergency info. have them send an email to cruisers@cocotels.net with the words 'emergency for yacht so-and-so' with a short message and it will be broadcast on the cruisers net.
__________________

__________________
onestepcsy37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 22:18   #17
Registered User
 
Jane.Joy's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Panama
Boat: 42' Fountaine Pajot Venezia
Posts: 293
Quote:
Originally Posted by Victor75 View Post
Hey guys I just heard that crossing the stream a 30 ft boat would be bear minimum for that. Can you please comment? Because my boat is 26ft power boat.
Thank you

Victor.
My 70+ dad along with my aunt and uncle made the trip in a 22 foot boston whaler. I know of at least a dozen 26 or 28 foot sailboats that go back and forth. It'll be EXTREMELY uncomfortable unless you wait for the right weather window - get a professional like Chris Parker to advise you if you lack experience in this area. Have a back-up plan if you don't get a good weather window (Keys?).
__________________

__________________
Jane, s/v more JOY everywhere!
_______________________________________
The Monkey's Fist
(connecting bloggers to readers and readers to topics in the cruising/liveaboard communities)
Jane.Joy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 22:22   #18
Registered User
 
Jane.Joy's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Panama
Boat: 42' Fountaine Pajot Venezia
Posts: 293
The cruisers net is on channel 68.
__________________
Jane, s/v more JOY everywhere!
_______________________________________
The Monkey's Fist
(connecting bloggers to readers and readers to topics in the cruising/liveaboard communities)
Jane.Joy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 23:09   #19
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 45
Re: Abacos island family getaway

What would be a good weather for me, ok weather and bad/no go weather to cross ?
How strong wind would be acceptable and sea height and all that?
Thank you all again! Can't thank you enough !
__________________
Victor75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 05:56   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Abaco, Bahamas/ Western NC
Boat: Nothing large at the moment
Posts: 819
Re: Abacos island family getaway

Nonsense, it all depends on the weather. My 21' Hobie Cat was sailed from Ft. Lauderdale and my neighbor ran his 17' carolina skiff over from Lake Worth. It all depends on the weather and the skipper!
__________________
Tingum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 10:01   #21
Registered User

Join Date: May 2008
Location: daytona beach florida
Boat: csy 37
Posts: 2,844
Images: 1
Re: Abacos island family getaway

victor -

here's a link to a wealth of info about the abacos, including articles about small boats traveling there from florida.

Abaco Forum Information/Resources/Links

dr ralph naranjo has been going to the abacos since time began and is a wealth of information about traveling there.

another website - associated with dr ralph - is Abaco Forum Home Page
it has discussion forums about abaco related things as well as links to weather and webcams.

about your boat - i see many boats that size and smaller crossing over. many of them are center console open fisherman types, going fishing or going to fishing derbys. they all wait for good weather, but because they're fast, they can go at times i might hesitate. the cruisers net i mentioned is on vhf 68, not 16. sometimes i type too fast...
__________________
onestepcsy37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 14:18   #22
Marine Service Provider
 
boatpoker's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario or Bahamas
Boat: Benford 38 Fantail Cruiser
Posts: 2,592
Re: Abacos island family getaway

Manjack Key has a beautiful beach that you would have to yourself and is very close to Green turtle for groceries, hotels etc. DIve boats some times stop there for lunch and the local rays have gotten use to food scraps so if you stand in ankle deep water they will rub up against you looking for handouts.

From Lauderdale I'd suggest Bimini as your first stop (little over 50 miles I think) Then head to Abaco from there.

Your size boat is absolutely capable but weather even for 50' boats crossing the stream is critical. Get the right weather and it's no problem. Several of the cruising guides provide good info on what weather to look for.
__________________
That hysterical laughter you hear as you sail a way in your "new" boat ..... is the seller.
boatpoker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 14:50   #23
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 6
Re: Abacos island family getaway

I've crossed in a 18 ft open fish. June is a great month - calm seas. DO NOT rely on weather reports only. Go and look at the ocean the nite before m and the next morning - early - I've crossed in 1 - 2 - thats inchens.
Beaches - check out Moraine Cay in the north, No Name Cay just south (ogyt h) of Green Turtle, Tahiti Beach on the south end of Elbow Cay, the beach on Tilloo Cay ( in the south in the shallow Tiloo Bank ) and , with out question, the finest , very private beach in the Abacos, the first island just south of Tilloo Cay, one of the Pelican Cays- unbelievable !!
You and the Family will have a great time. Theres a saying here- bring half the cloths and twice the money. Also, don't use Am/Ex ? Get A capital one c/c - no foreign exchange fees
We know - we live here. Have fun, enjoy and be careful
__________________
bmarino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 20:25   #24
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 45
Re: Abacos island family getaway

Enormous amount of great information guys. Thank you!
Is there a formula to what size boat can safely rides on what size waves ?

Thanks again!
__________________
Victor75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 21:22   #25
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 7
Re: Abacos island family getaway

We loved Treasure Cay. The beach is truely wonderful. The grocery store and laudry are easily accessable. You can anchor or use the marina.
__________________
susan 238 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 22:04   #26
Registered User
 
Jane.Joy's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Panama
Boat: 42' Fountaine Pajot Venezia
Posts: 293
Re: Abacos island family getaway

Quote:
Originally Posted by Victor75 View Post
Enormous amount of great information guys. Thank you!
Is there a formula to what size boat can safely rides on what size waves ?

Thanks again!
The question is, how big can the waves be before you start throwing up? And how big before you feel like you're beating your brains out? You're traveling with the family, right? Probably don't want to be at the limits of your boat's capabilities. Worry about the comfort of your crew.
__________________
Jane, s/v more JOY everywhere!
_______________________________________
The Monkey's Fist
(connecting bloggers to readers and readers to topics in the cruising/liveaboard communities)
Jane.Joy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-01-2013, 15:34   #27
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 45
Re: Abacos island family getaway

Guys. I would like to ask mere questions if I may.
I'm a day cruiser, love camping, I know my boat well, I'm a good mechanic I think. But it's time to experience more and cross the gulf going from place to place beach to beach. How can I know where I'm aloud to drop my anchors and overnight? Is it ok to park anywhere I want as long as there is no boat traffick? I'm not talking marinas I'm talking for example in front of a deserted beach or arround small islands there.

Thanks a million !
Victor
__________________
Victor75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-01-2013, 17:33   #28
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Abaco, Bahamas/ Western NC
Boat: Nothing large at the moment
Posts: 819
Re: Abacos island family getaway

Come on over! You may anchor anwhere someone will not run you over. You could spend a whole year between West End and the civilized part of Abaco and never anchor in the same deserted spot twice!!!!!!!!!!!
__________________
Tingum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-01-2013, 18:53   #29
Registered User

Join Date: May 2008
Location: daytona beach florida
Boat: csy 37
Posts: 2,844
Images: 1
Re: Abacos island family getaway

once you're 'on the banks' you'll be in 10 to 20 feet of water for 100 miles all around. you can literally drop your anchor anywhere. the dodge guide shows many anchorages but they're not the only ones. 100 feet of anchor rode/chain should cover most anchorages; and with your shallow draft you can probably get in pretty close.

there are a few places where they would like you to take a mooring ball; hopetown harbor is one. but they're pretty cheap. good idea to show an anchor light at night, although few boats travel in the dark.

and please don't drop your anchor on a coral reef...
__________________
onestepcsy37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-01-2013, 04:43   #30
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 45
Thumbs up Re: Abacos island family getaway

Thanks everyone !!!
__________________

__________________
Victor75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
abaco, family

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:51.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.