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Old 30-08-2011, 11:38   #16
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Re: Sail to Bahamas In Late October, Early November ?

my recommendation: the one who does not get seasick, head out , cross when you have a window. the one who gets seasick: get on a plane and fly to wherever the boat is!! most of the time a plane is less rough than a boat---most times...
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Re: Sail to Bahamas In Late October, Early November ?

I haven't done it for a decade, but I can tell you every time I crossed from Ft. Lauderdale to George Town, Great Exuma in late October or November, I got by butt kicked. Most of the time I waited for weather as long as I could, but there was always a window that needed to be made (we needed to get the boat to George Town for Thanksgiving, and I had a job in Chicago that I had to get back to).

I did that passage 20 times or so, about 4 times in late Ocotober or earlye November in boats that were 45 or 52 feet. We'd have a tough time across the stream and then okay into Nassau. One day of reall pretty on the banks, and then the wind kicked up again just off Shroud Cay and stayed blowing a few days. Four times it happened just like that. I had planned to get engaged on the beach at Shroud, but my girlfriend was so depressed I did it in the middle of the stream just to lift her spirits

So if you're going then, be prepared. my experience has been it's a rough and unpredictable time for that trip.
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Re: Sail to Bahamas In Late October, Early November ?

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Most of the time I waited for weather as long as I could, but there was always a window that needed to be made (we needed to get the boat to George Town for Thanksgiving, and I had a job in Chicago that I had to get back to).
And here in lies the problem. If you have to stick to a schedule you will most assuredly have problems. If you have a schedule, stick to cruising the coast of the U.S., there is plenty to do. I repeat my three words of advise, wait, wait and wait. Chuck
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Re: Sail to Bahamas In Late October, Early November ?

reefer they say helps with seasickness
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Re: Sail to Bahamas In Late October, Early November ?

You usually get kicked in the butt after crossing. That's because the wind starts clocking when a front starts coming through. We take off when it's getting towards south or west. By the time you get to the Bank or,if you're lucky, Nassau the front has reached you and the wind starts honking out of the NE or E. If the front is fast moving you might have to hide behind Frazers Hog Cay. Always an adventure.
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