Originally Posted by Teej
i2f, thank you for the suggestions. I bought the 2008 edition of the "Yachtsman's Guide to the Bahamas" and based on a first scan most of the areas look worthy of visiting. So I was actually hoping that some experienced Bahamas cruisers might be able to suggest a cruising itinerary for a first-timers 4 week cruise
into the Bahamas, again ideally ending up at a place that can provide me with long term out of water storage for the catamaran.
I hope the Yachtman's Guide has been updated. I have given up on it. I have 2 versions, a 1990 one when I first started cruising the Bahamas and a 2003 copy that I stupidly bought when I must have had more money
than sense. 13 years and the copies are almost identical with outdated information and poor sketch charts
. For the Bahamas get Pavlidis' guidebooks
and Explorer charts. For the Abacos most swear by Dodge's guidebook but the Explorer charts are all you need there.
If you're only cruising for four weeks I suggest the Berrys or the Abacos. Depends on where you start from in Florida
. If you're going to haul in the Bahamas I know you can fit in Marsh Harbour Boatyard (24.5 ft beam travelift). I don't know if they do dry storage there but many of the multihulls get their bottoms done there. Apparently their service
is very good.
A good easy start if you're in south Florida
and only have four weeks is to ride the stream up to Memory Rock( just north of West End, get on the Little Bahamas Bank and sail to Green Turtle Cay to clear in. Then you can do the northern Abacos or if you want something busier sail south to the Hub area (Marsh Harbour). The area north of Green Turtle is a lot quieter than the area south Of Whale Cay Cut. I don't know if they can haul you at Green Turtle but if they can that would be a good spot for storage.