I'd leave from Lake Worth
and clear in at Freeport
. Leaving Lake Worth
about midnight should get you into Bell Channel in plenty of time to clear customs
. The fuel dock
at Grand Bahama Yacht Club has a customs
From there it's an easy day to Great Harbor and the Berrys. Get to the Exumas
via Yellow Bank on a clear sunny day. If you don't need fuel
on through and anchor
off Rose Island.
I would not cross the Bahamas
Bank from Gun Cay, I 've bumped bottom drawing 5ft on that route
. If you decide to cross the bank, enter near Great Issac or south of South Riding Rock and then to NW Channel Light.
In the Exumas you can easily make day hops. I recommend Allens Cay, Highborn, Normans, Hawksbill, Staniel, Black Point, Great Exuma. We also like Little Farmers, Rudder
and Lee Stocking but draft
is an issue unless you don't mind rolly anchorages
We also like Salt
Pond on Long Island
, Rock Sound on Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and about anyplace in the Abacos. Hoffmans and Chub in the Berrys are also favorites.
The Ragged Islands are also very nice but only for experienced Bahamas
cruisers as anchorages
are few and you must be self sufficient. I can't say much in favor of Rum
Cay, Mayaguana or the Turks and Caicos
except as rest stops on your way elsewhere.
Cat Island is very interesting as is Conception. We enjoyed Clarence Town on LI as well but these are a bit off the path. The monastery on Cat is worth the trip.