It all depends on where you want to go, how close in you want to get and how willing you are to wait for tide. If your desire is mostly to hit the popular spots and you don't mind waiting for tide from time to time, you'll be fine. If you like to gunkhole out of the way places when you want, you'll find a draft
of over 5 feet limiting.
In the Abacos, places like Little Harbour, Green Turtle, the don't Rock Passage
, the Lubber's Quarter Pass, etc can only be done at high tide with your draft
. A cat with a draft of less than 3 could do those anytime. With a draft of 4-3, I can barely get into the bay on Manjack. Cats can get in much farther. Same with some of the places in the Carter's Cays.
Personally, for continued Bahamas
cruising, I hope to get a boat with even less draft than my 4'-3" Hunter
, but that's not to say one can't enjoy the Bahamas
with deeper draft boats. I've seen many boaters enjoying the Bahamas with drafts of around 6 feet.