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Old 13-05-2012, 09:29   #16
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Re: Looking for Buddy Boats - Bahamas to Virgins in November

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What about heading east from T & C on a north wind and staying well north of DR till eastern PR or Virgin Isl?
Is that north enough to avoid the thorns?
There are no north winds, only easterlies. We took 10 days from florida to T&C, and then another 10 days T&C to Puerto Rico, averaging two knots. Go east at lat 34, not 24.
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Old 19-05-2012, 13:37   #17
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Re: Looking for Buddy Boats - Bahamas to Virgins in November

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Both ways are good options. Just really comes down to your choice/preference.
It comes down to time, how much time do you have to wait for a windows.

Also, it will take a week or more if jumping off of NC, better be sure the tropics are quiet in making the trip in Nov.

And for single handers, the shorter hops would be more appealing, I believe you will be crossing freighter routes.
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There are no north winds, only easterlies. We took 10 days from florida to T&C, and then another 10 days T&C to Puerto Rico, averaging two knots. Go east at lat 34, not 24.
They happen, I posted about 5 day window, but you have to patient:
Thornless Path - Five+ Day Window
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Old 19-05-2012, 18:08   #19
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There are no north winds, only easterlies. We took 10 days from florida to T&C, and then another 10 days T&C to Puerto Rico, averaging two knots. Go east at lat 34, not 24.
Of course there are north winds, if not in November December will for sure bring a cold front to the Bahamas. I just would wait in San Salvador not TC. It is important to chose a light one as opose to a big blown.
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They happen, I posted about 5 day window, but you have to patient:
Thornless Path - Five+ Day Window
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could be waiting a long time for a similar window........ i wish...
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:25   #21
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Re: Looking for Buddy Boats - Bahamas to Virgins in November

gene80,

I have a thought for you, but then I'm a light weight and don't like getting beat up clawing into the wind. Port Everglades and Freeport have a number of yacht transports that will take you to St. Thomas for a quick and easy trip. If you show up to the transport ship the week before it leaves, they'll give you half price, if they are NOT FULL.

Assuming you have time flexibility and you can get a half price deal, it's cheaper than sailing into the wind, after you consider repairs, time, food, etc.

Now you're there and can look forward to the coast down hill on the way back.
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