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Old 23-09-2014, 05:18   #31
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Re: Florida To Bahamas Options

Yes, I will absolutely consider it! This will be our first trip real hop away from FL shoreline... So I don't know what I don't know! Appreciate the advice.


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Old 23-09-2014, 05:36   #32
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Yeah, those "villages" in the Exumas and south really suck. You surely don't want to waste time there.
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Yeah, those "villages" in the Exumas and south really suck. You surely don't want to waste time there.

Hands out of the trousers, please! I didn't say that at all!
I loved the Exhumas. But loved Nassau as well.
Ridiculous for people to sway people away from places that have not interested them personally, or didnt explore properly.

And Georgetown is very important to the world economy: it reduces the number of cruisers anchored in Florida!
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Old 23-09-2014, 07:20   #34
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Re: Florida To Bahamas Options

The reason I'm going back to the Bahamas is that it has a lot to offer for all. The Abacos and the Exumas are very different from each other, surely pros and cons to both... depends what you're looking for and what you like or dislike. On our trips this year we will surely visit both.

We spent 6 months (winter 2010) in the Bahamas and had lots of time to enjoy all of it. In general terms we found the Exumas offered quieter/secluded anchorages. Certainly less consumables in the small villages (except Goergetown of course, not to mention volleyball beach!!!). The Abacos, on the other hand, are much more developed and populated, probably due to the demographics and historical settlement of the area, and certainly due to the proximity to the USA. Lots of good books explain that... both are exceptionally beautifull cruising grounds.

You don't need the book to enjoy and take it all in.

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. In general terms we found the Exumas offered quieter/secluded anchorages. Certainly less consumables in the small villages (except Goergetown of course, not to mention volleyball beach!!!).
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Georgetown on a quiet day.



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Yeah, those "villages" in the Exumas and south really suck. You surely don't want to waste time there.
My reason for suggesting the Abacos to Nick&LA is their 8 to 10 day time span, in addition to its being a great family cruising ground. Last time we went to the Exumas we were gone nearly 4 months and wanted to stay longer.
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In Charleston we like to go to the end of the shipping channel, about 5 miles out, and set a point a bit east of Whale. It's about a 70 hour trip. Leave in the middle of the cold front. The stream crossing is not too bad in that it's wider here and less intense. Take a fishing rod to provide a diversion.
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I don't like getting onto the bank from West End. Also 6 ft draft and damn it's shallow for a while. Up by memory rock gets my vote. We've also jumped onto the bank by Walkers and Moraine Cay if you want to get onto the north side of the bank. Once you get in on the east side if Walkers pay attention while getting around the west end of Grand Cay. The depth is there but the channel isn't very wide. You have to be pretty close to the shore when going around the SW corner of the island.


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Hands out of the trousers, please! I didn't say that at all!
I loved the Exhumas. But loved Nassau as well.
Ridiculous for people to sway people away from places that have not interested them personally, or didnt explore properly.

And Georgetown is very important to the world economy: it reduces the number of cruisers anchored in Florida!
I guess I should have added a smiley to my post. Oh well ...
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When you get in the area of Marsh Harbour in the Abacos you can listen to the Cruisers Net every morning at 8:15 on VHF 68. Very informative for cruisers and they have a question and answer segment. Reception will depend on your antenna height but usually you can't be much north of Green Turtle for reception and transmission.

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The Cruisers Net will also warn you if there's a rage running in the Whale Cay cut.
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Why don't anybody sail the very deep NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE CHANNEL?



Too much current, waves or other hazards?



Thx again.

I did it, but on the return, there shipping so keep a good watch
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In Charleston we like to go to the end of the shipping channel, about 5 miles out, and set a point a bit east of Whale. It's about a 70 hour trip. Leave in the middle of the cold front. The stream crossing is not too bad in that it's wider here and less intense. Take a fishing rod to provide a diversion.

If you arrive with strong northern winds then making your way onto the bank could be dicey depending on the tides, better have a plan B
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Why don't anybody sail the very deep NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE CHANNEL?

I can only speak for myself but in my case I am going from St. Lucie Inlet to the Abaco's so it's way off my route. When I am heading to Nassau I do use it. It is limited to Certain destinations.
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