I use the waypoints in Steve Dodge's Cruising Guide to Abaco
and the Explorer Charts
as guides and to line up to go through a pass, but you need to look your way through passes and on the banks.
I have also crossed the Little Bahama Bank a number of times and it is no problem either. When I cross from West Palm or Ft. Lauderdale, I enter the bank at Indian Rocks, Memory Rock, or White Sand Ridge. I have never entered the Little Bahama Bank from between north east of White Sand Ridge and Walker's Cay because of the sand bores and reefs
. Sailing on the Little Bahama Bank is not bad, unless the wind is from E to SE, then you will have to wait or motor
. I don't sail at night on the bank and there are more things to bump into than on the ocean.
There are a number of passes from the ocean to the banks between Walker's and Whale Cay and I have used some leaving the Abacos on a nice day, but I am way too cowardly to try them on the way in. The reef seems to be farther out, it is harder to see breakers from seaward
, and I just don't trust my GPS
enough when I have no other good landmarks. Whale Cay, North Bar and Little Harbor passes are my speed.
Waterwayguy is right that to dawdle may mean a fairly long wait for weather. That is why I mentioned possibly continuing down to Eleuthera or maybe even the Exumas