Originally Posted by onestepcsy37
.....Hard to believe that, not too long ago, sailors used to go to the Bahamas
in little sailboats.
Oday 22, Cal
25, Albin Vega
27, Bristol 27, and many like them......
One reason I've taken this trip is that a good friend of mine and his wife have been to the Bahamas
twice in their Macgregor
. They have the 26' power-sailor that came after my Mac. Mine is the displacement hull
with a 9.8 HP outboard
. On their second trip they went past Georgetown
to Long Island
and then up to Conception, Cat and Eleuthera before returning via West End. They are starting on the Great Loop this fall and on that trip will go back to the Bahamas again. They live in Washington
(the state) and have taken their Mac from Seattle
on the inside passage
and back and also done the Sea Of Cortez
and other destinations. Some impressive trips on a boat that doesn't weigh much more than 3500 lbs with the water
Another Mac owner took me shopping
when I got to Key Largo
and he had been to the Exumas
and back in his 22 foot Mac some time back so yes a lot of people have made this trip on smaller boats. You just don't get to travel some days that the larger boats do or at least not comfortably. So far I haven't seen a boat under 30 foot except I might of seen a 27 Catalina
There is a guy here at Little Farmer, now a friend, that bought a 30 foot C & C in Punta Gorda and came here with no prior experience. He has had his moments but has made it. Interesting story is that he 5 feet of draft
so has to anchor
in the channel here and doesn't have good anchors, a danforth without a lot of rode
although he has added to it. He kept dragging some so would get up every hour to check things. The other night a much larger boat was on a mooring
ball near him. He got up in the dark and it was gone. He saw it over by the cut close to getting washed out into Exuma Sound. He got in his dinghy
and ran over and woke the owners who then got the boat back inside. The line on or two the mooring
ball had broke or come loose?
I was talking to Terry here who owns Ocean Cabin
Restaurant about being here on a small boat and he said 'it is all just water'. We take our boats everywhere and almost everywhere we go there is a local sailing a small boat in the waters there. So the way I look at it is I'm just going from one 'local's water' to another's.
Originally Posted by Aird
Hi Denny, yes I remember you. Thanks for jumping on here and glad you guys got your problem fixed and got home. You need to come back when you can and get further over here. You will love it.
I hope to move north tomorrow if this front that has been back and forth over us ever moves on. The last couple days the winds have been pretty steady in the high teens gusting into the 20's and rain off and on and cold again. Haven't needed the fans to stay cool for sure. As long as I have the time I want to move when it is sunny, nice, and I have winds that allow me to sail so I'm not motoring into weather
or not having fun.
I've updated the trip report to the point it is almost current
to here and re-did the Georgetown
pages for anyone that hasn't read them or did read them and have more pictures of ....
.... The National Family Regatta
I also have some pictures from...
... when I stopped and saw David Copperfield's life-size Piano/Mermaid in 12-15' water at Rudder
Cut Cay when I moved back north.
A link to the trip menu...