The Indian Cay pass, just north of west end has a controlling depth
of about 4.5 ft. MLW, which would usually be more than 6 ft at most any high tide. Some head
north of Memory Rock for deeper water
. You can easily cross the banks and through the Abacos with 6+ feet. However, the deeper your draft
, the less accessible some island groups will be and the more you will have to wait for tide to access some areas.
Carter's Cay, the Paw, Paw, both sounds on Green Turtle, and the entrance to Little Harbour are examples of places that have controlling depths of about 3.5 ft MLW. The Luber's channel and several anchorages
I can think of will put a 4.5 draft boat on the bottom at low tide.
I draw 4.5 feet and wish I had less for Abacos cruising, but don't feel you need to miss these beautiful islands just because your Wauquiez has a 6 foot draft. Many have sailed across the Little Bahama Banks with such a draft.
P.S. - You should find several places to anchor
in Marsh Harbour. I'd bet at 6', the sounds on G.T. may only be accessible at HHW (depending on tide cycle) but you can certainly anchor
off New Plymouth whenever conditions allow.