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Old 05-12-2012, 10:35   #1
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Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

Have decided that I'd like to try an Abacos charter. Anyone who's been there want to suggest the best time of year for it, weather-wise?

I live in Tampa, so getting away from a bitter-cold winter isn't exactly a priority for me.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:10   #2
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

During the summer would be best. Of course you have to pick a week without hurricanes. Best bet is to book just before you leave.
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

The Abacos is nice choice of a Bahamas cruising area for your charter. I've spent two cruising seasons in the Bahamas and leave the Abacos for the latter part of my winter/spring escapes. The weather and water temp are better in the late spring in the Abacos so I spend the first 3-4 months further south in the Exumas and then sail back up to the Abacos. Enjoy!
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

Since a person from Edmonton and a person from Tampa might have radically different views of what constitutes "late spring," can you be more specific? Are you talking, like, March-April? Or more like April-May?

In any case, thanks for the response.
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

April-June, warm enough but not so hot and buggy. Summers can be too calm to really enjoy sailng. October is great if no storms. Right now I'm wearing jeans and a flannel shirt! Moorings and sunsail are well run out of Marsh Harbour
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

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Since a person from Edmonton and a person from Tampa might have radically different views of what constitutes "late spring," can you be more specific? Are you talking, like, March-April? Or more like April-May?

In any case, thanks for the response.
Hey, ya got a good point re our different weather (as my brother-in-law living in in Tampa is quick to remind us!). Anyway, my sailing/cruising experiences in the Abacos were in April and early May - nice, warm - and still good sailing winds. And, to emphasize the weather point, we're looking at snow falling as I write this - beautiful, but a reminder that another eagerly anticipated Caribbean sailing season is only another 4 weeks away.
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

That depends on whether you want to snorkel for lobster, of have the warmest water, with fewest good odds of nice weather.

For water temps and good weather, I'd go in early June. The water has warmed up, the winter cold front season is done and the risk of hurricanes is low.

I prefer winter for lobster snorkeling and to escape the cold of the great white north, but as a Floridian, you face some different incentives.
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

Additional question... I know that "cay" is pronounced like "key." What about "Abaco"? Is the emphasis on the first or second syllable? That is AHH-buh-co, or uh-BAH-co?
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Re: Best Time to Charter in the Abacos?

The first one.
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Flat A. AA buh co
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