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Old 18-01-2016, 12:26   #1
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Bahamas, Conception Island Achorages

In the event of a strong westerly does the beach area on the North East Shore offer a safe approach and reasonable shelter?
Thanks in advance my charts are on the boat.
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Old 18-01-2016, 13:14   #2
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Re: Bahamas, Conception Island Achorages

No. Your best bet is to head out to sea if caught unawares. Usually you'll have a day or two's notice as far as weather goes but sometimes a bad squall will come through. The holding is good but some folks like to anchor close to shore and it can get a bit dangerous if it goes to the west.


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In the event of a strong westerly does the beach area on the North East Shore offer a safe approach and reasonable shelter?
Thanks in advance my charts are on the boat.
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Clarence Town, 30 NM to the south on Long Island would be a much better choice.
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Old 18-01-2016, 16:19   #4
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Re: Bahamas, Conception Island Achorages

Many thanks to you both.
Kind of disappointing, it looked like I could tuck up into the NE beach area with my shallow draft and be protected......at least on Google Earth.
But will respect the opinions of those that have traveled before me and pick out to sea or Clarence Town. One of the many reasons that make CF great.
Anyway hope I get to make the choice, flying out in a few days and a snow storm is predicted for the North East....much rather be in a tropical squall any day as long as there is not a lee shore.
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Re: Bahamas, Conception Island Achorages

Caradow, There is a small island immediately to the east of Conception and while quite shallow, offers good protection from westerlies between it and Conception. We tucked in on the west side about 1/2 way up after the wind shifted to the south and then west - reasonably comfortable and once the wind shifted to the north, we went back over to the west anchorage.
BTW, excellent beach combing on the eastern shore.
Once you are back on the west side, take the trail along the northern shore to the beautiful bay in the middle. The northern shore of Conception is full of coral heads, I would say impassible in a sailboat.
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We have anchored on the east side of Conception several times. You have good water all the way up to Booby Cay and it is a fantastic spot. Enjoy the island, it is a jewel!
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Guess you are no longer in Opua.... Jeff and Abby from No News

Thinking of heading back that way in 2017. sorry for thread drift
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Long way from Opua! Actually sailed through St. Augustine in November! Trying to put name to face :-) Just started blog again Back from latest adventure! | sailingohana

When he mentioned Conception boy that brought back a flood of great memories!
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Re: Bahamas, Conception Island Achorages

I've anchored several days on the East side of Conception and found it delightful. Didn't have very strong winds but I would feel comfortable riding out moderately strong westerly winds there. Quite sheltered.
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