Just curious, if you haven't left already, considering that you appear to have a decent amount of offshore
experience, why not just leave Miami
, go a bit north so that you take the Northwest Providence Channel, then hang a right once you're east of the bank and head
straight for Nassau
? All in it's about 200 some odd miles, so figure you are talking about 30 hours or so (maybe more maybe less depending on weather
and how hard you are willing to push the new iron genny). No worries about entering the bank, no shallow water
travel at hull speed
for your first time on the banks, etc. Seems to me if you are willing to do an overnight in deep water
, that's the way to go.
Note that I have NOT done this, though we are starting to plan a comparable trip a few years out, and for a variety of reasons we are considering doing the above (but leaving from Ft. Lauderdale). Seems to me this is the fastest and least complicated way to get from Florida
to the Exumas
, but many people avoid it because they are uncomfortable with an "offshore" overnight passage
. Seems like you're not concerned about some offshore
sailing, so it's not clear to me why you want to fight trying to get across the bank as fast as you can without traveling at night.