Chuch pretty much said it. We carried about 6' throughout the Exumas
; and only touched due my arrogance of familiarity (3 times in total 38 months).
Eight foot draft
IS a whole other world in the Bahamas
; which will cause you to play some tides, and choose your 'cuts' etc.
You & your mate will need some good polaroid sunglasses, to 'read' water depth
(don't worry, it's a quick learn); and will always excercise caution - but you CAN do it.
That said - assume that you WILL hit bottom at some time.
The "Yachtsman's Guide to The Bahamas" (Tropic Isle Publishers) has an excellent section on reading water depth
from it's colour.
My depth transducer failed within an hour of first entering the Bamamas, but I never felt compelled to replace it (I think it took my 3 years to get around to it). I came from the deep dark waters of Lake Superior
, where we would often, in fog
, use "kerb feelers" on the cliffs
(very steep shorelines) - so trust me, anyone can learn to read the Bahamian Banks.
I don't want to make it seem too easy; but the perils will be (mostly) known; so prudence should suffice.
Everyone wants a good dinghy
in the Bahamas
. There is so much to do, day-tripping from the anchorage!
Regards and good luck,