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Old 14-12-2006, 21:04   #1
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Savannah Direct to Bahamas - Route Advice ?

We will be leaving Savannah around January 1 on a newish Lagoon 440 cat. For tax purposes, we must stay out of Florida - and the rig is too tall for the ICW, anyway.

We plan to cross the Gulf Stream as quickly as possible, then head south and approach the Bahamas from the east.

We are West Coast and Mexico cruisers with a fair bit of Carribean bareboating experience - but this is our first time in the Bahamas. We'll be staying for several months and are looking for route advice, as well as special places to see or avoid. We have the usual guide books, but are looking for additional advice.

Also, what are the best checking in options for approaching from the east? Is there any reason we should consider an approach from the west, given that we will not be stopping in Florida?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Coming from GA, you will probably want to check in the northern Bahamas. Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbor are probably the easiest.

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Re: Savannah Direct to Bahamas - Route Advice - ME TOO ?

I ned similar advice..??

St Augustine to Bimini or Berry - experiences ?
Hi ..

I will be making my maiden voyage last two weeks of May..

Rather ambitiously bought a Conser 47 CAT, great boat, great overall condition, mostly new (now) major components. ~ 4ft draft, its a perfomermance CAT capable of 20-25 knots, with CF rotating mast etc..so I will be very cautious, reefing REALLY early.

Starting out of St Augustine...
Destination Bimini and Berry, but only have 9-10 days. Back into Savannah.

Realizing the weather/wind governs. But typically which would be the best approach..and exit..??

I am considering, South from St Aug as far as possible but avoiding the ICW..likely down to Cape Canaveral and cross the GS there +/-..then likely onto west end, maye direct to North Berry...few days in Berry, cross the Grand Banks to Bimini area, then back up..can go the other way around ?

Night sailing will get us further, and "think" we are up for it..we have all the electronics, HD radar with alarms etc.. whats the shiiping traffic like..naturally will always plan to arrive anywhere in good light.

I am quite a novice..chartered several bare CAT, similar size, but mostly in the easy BVI area. Sailing not really an issue, correct planning and nav maybe my weakness..

Any advice on this trip, this time of year would be great..also anyone I can converse would on the sail plan and issues would be great...

Thanks all...excited that I toke the plunge :-)

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Re: Savannah Direct to Bahamas - Route Advice ?

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We will be leaving Savannah around January 1 on a newish Lagoon 440 cat. For tax purposes, we must stay out of Florida - and the rig is too tall for the ICW, anyway.

We plan to cross the Gulf Stream as quickly as possible, then head south and approach the Bahamas from the east.

We are West Coast and Mexico cruisers with a fair bit of Carribean bareboating experience - but this is our first time in the Bahamas. We'll be staying for several months and are looking for route advice, as well as special places to see or avoid. We have the usual guide books, but are looking for additional advice.

Also, what are the best checking in options for approaching from the east? Is there any reason we should consider an approach from the west, given that we will not be stopping in Florida?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
JCBP,
I know this message comes a wee bit delayed, but as I am also thinking of making a hop from Savannah to the Bahamas. I am curious how your trip went? How was the current, what route did you finally take and how long did it take you?

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