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Old 09-11-2015, 16:52   #1
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Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

Hello Sailors,

I am looking for water depth info for the southwest side and south tip of Andros.

We want to bring a 75ft schooner in as close to the southwest side of the island as possible to anchor. Then use a smaller boat to deploy survey teams for a shorebird survey in January. The schooner has a five foot draft.

Have heard the water is very shallow 1-4 ft depth, but how far out do the banks go?

Do you have any info on water depths for the area?

Thank you,

Margo
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Old 09-11-2015, 17:24   #2
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

I have skirted the NW side a good ways south with 6.5' but I believe the SW side is shallow very far out. I'll have a look at my chart tomorrow if no one else jumps in.
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

Im jealous...really want to return to explore more of Andros one day.
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

Here you go...

maybe someone here can confirm that what you see on this chart (11013) matches reality.

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Andros Island, Bahamas ?

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Route planning for Key West - Andros - Exumas
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:20   #5
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

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Here you go...

maybe someone here can confirm that what you see on this chart (11013) matches reality.

Chart 11013

Andros Island, Bahamas ?

Maybe:
Route planning for Key West - Andros - Exumas
I can't vouch for every single reading, but in general I would say those are, of course, accurate. It's very shallow a very long way out, you can easily see the banks (and bottom structure) from the deeper water in the OBC. Pete
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Margo.
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

Margo,
Once leaving the sound, you must employ eyeball navigation. I would not rely on the charts other than as a general reference. Find a suitable place to anchor out and use your tender to explore possibilities further along the coast. There will be much sand over coral and tidal sluicing but a reasonable anchorage can be found if you're persistent. Always leave crew onboard to guard against dragging. I would not rely on secondhand advice. Use your own eyes and experience. South Andros is real exploring. Good luck and safe sailing.
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Re: Sailing Andros southwest coast and south tip

Margo,
Also, if you need to spend the night, look for an area that dries at low tide and anchor behind it in deeper water as a protection from the prevailing winds. There will be no other reasonable protection in that area. And, also plan a good escape route with GPS points that will lead you to deep water and out of the flats in case there is an unplanned change in weather/winds. Good luck.
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