First thing is you need to get the Explorer Charts
for the Bahamas... second thing is almost all passes and bays require good light for navigation
. Preferably sun behind you.
T&C ... Provo is cruise ship
oriented on the north side ... fairly high crime rate on Provo. Locals not very friendly. Use Wavy Line charts coral
heads on charts are symbols only you must keep your eyes on the water
. Anchor in Sapodilla Bay to clear in or out.
Mayaguana...use Explorer charts and waypoints ... not much here for supplies... anchor in Abrahams Bay enter on the western end anchor near dock
on the northeastern end... watch out for coral
heads one eye on the depth
. Good snorkeling but sharkey.
Georgetown ... Explorer Charts have very excellent waypoints for entrances and channels. Enter south end from rounding Cape Santa Maria on Long Island
follow waypoints but keep your eyeballs on the water
. Anchor off the beaches on Stocking Island the anchorages
are obvious but beware of the ship channels shown on the charts. Hamburger (in front of the Monument) and Sanddollar have better holding than Volleyball beach. Good holding near town but watch out for ship channel and shallow water. Locals here are great, very friendly and helpful, low crime rate, you can safely hitchhike anywhere. Several decent grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, a building supplies store. You can get anything from the states flown in here.
Exit Elizabeth Harbor on the north end follow Explorer waypoints...used to be some reefs
marked in the harbor but privately maintained. If you see them, believe them but they might not be there.
Your next chance to get inside the Exumas
Cut but Galliot Cut and Farmers Cut can be used just follow the Explorer waypoints.
General warning .... all of the Exumas cuts can be bad when the wind
and tide are opposed for quite a long ways out.
Big Warning .... do not rely on Navionics
charts anywhere in the Bahamas. They are just plain wrong in critical areas. Explorer Charts are extensively cruiser tested and can be relied on.