Originally Posted by MartinBoyer
I am planning to cross to Grand Bahamas
in May from Mia or Fort Lauderdale
. What is the best place to leave from ? How should I do it and what should I be looking for (Time of departure, weather
what emergency devices should I have on board?
It depends on your boat speed, wind
direction, where on Grand Bahama you are heading, etc. Regardless of whether you are heading to Port Lucaya or WE, Miami
is probably a bit far south. Hopefully in May, you won't have to wait long for a weather window, which can be a problem with staging in Fort Lauderdale - anchoring
is very limited.
On one cruise
in early June, I departed Fort Lauderdale in a 26-foot sailboat at first light and arrived at West End with plenty of light left. Some prefer a night sail to ensure a full day of light upon arrival. Personally, I prefer to sleep at night and sail during the day when possible. From Lake Worth/Palm Beach, I've sometimes started pre-dawn.
Opinions on safety gear
will vary greatly. Personally, I feel given the water
temps and boat traffic I'm happy with my inflatable
as a life raft and feel between a couple VHFs, cell phone
, I'll be able to contact someone if necessary. When alone, or leaving the cockpit
, I'm always clipped in. All the safety gear
in the world doesn't matter if you are in the drink watching your boat sail off with all your gear on board....
I'll add however that 406 Epirbs have become much more affordable in recent years.
(Obviously at a minimum you should have all the required gear)
That's my personal feeling for myself on my boat, but not knowing you or your boat, I can't recommend what safety gear is appropriate for you.