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Old 19-09-2015, 11:31   #16
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Re: Sailing out of Nassau

as others have noted your draft is a huge concern. a typical 47' boat drawing 8' or more must be very careful in those mostly shallow frequently badly buoyed waters. if you are not a very experienced sailor I would work with a local to lay out a not too stressful sailing plan and follow it closely.

as for your question, you need to get very familiar with the local charts. then it is real simple to lay a string covering your planned course to measure an approximate distance. then apply an assumed speed over bottom say 5 to 8 kts to figure sailing time. with kids on board figure lots of stops/detours to keep them entertained so 8 hours/day may be optimistic.
exercise caution and it should be a great trip.
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Old 19-09-2015, 12:06   #17
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Re: Sailing out of Nassau

Did I miss the draft? My 47 was 6'5" draft. No problems except exiting the Exumas from the bank side to go outside to Georgetown... you need to pick your place before Rudder cut. ... but in 6 days they are not going that far anyway right?
It's easy sailing, I don't think I saw less than 13 ft on the Yellow Bank. The coral heads are easy to see, but I found them to be deeper than I thought when I stopped to snorkel one.
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Old 19-09-2015, 12:55   #18
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Re: Sailing out of Nassau

jakoby -
Get the Explorer Charts for the Exumas and Steve Pavlidis' Exuma Guide.
You won't regret buying either one of them.
Get them now and you can have fun planning.
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Old 23-09-2015, 13:35   #19
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The draft on a 47 foot monohull concerns me. Others have given good advice about heading for the Exumas.

Be advised you will need to leave Nassau in the afternoon when the sun is behind you and post someone on the bow to watch for coral heads. It's been too long for me to remember the exact heading to Allen's Cay, but it's something close to ESE and the morning sun will cause too much glare on the water surface, even with polarized lenses.

Nonetheless, absolutely do go to the Exumas. They are beautiful.
147 heading, give or take 5 deg.

The coral heads on the Yellow Bank are easy to avoid with good light through, but wait until noon or later when the sun is enough off on your starboard side.
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Re: Sailing out of Nassau

Overwhelming advice says go to Exumas. However I do have a question about Eleuthera. Looking at the ferry schedule we can jump on a ferry to get back to Nassau leaving our friends who are cruising for the year in Eleuthera. This will allow us to expereince more of the out islands without the concern of sailing back to Nassau. How long is the sail to Eleuthera from Nassau? Any recommendations for anchorages or not to missed destinations in Eleuthera?
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Re: Sailing out of Nassau

If you want a nice place to anchor for a night or two before you leave New Providence, there is a nice spot to anchor on the south side of Rose Island, toward the eastern end of the island.
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Sailing out of Nassau

25.05 north 77.12.5 west. About midway on the island and north of a slender island that runs east to west


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