[QUOTE=Vasco;495302...How "comfortable" you are will depend on your experience. ....but most folks head
into the sound once they get past Farmers Cay or Cave Cay...[/QUOTE]
To me this really hits on why the responses here are so varied: Different people have different priorities when it comes to cruising the Bahamas
Most who say a deep draft
is fine are people who like to go where most folks go, and they are right: You don't need shallow draft
to do that. Many who promote a shallow draft
, enjoying the shallower areas where most people don't go.
The latter is what makes the Bahamas
my favorite cruising ground. The highlights of my last cruise
were the times hanging out in places where most folks did not go. Having an entire island or even a bay to yourself for days is something you just don't experience in many cruising areas. Often these areas had controlling depths of just 3.5 feet (or less) MLW.
The Bahamas in an enormous chain of islands. How important draft
is depends on where in these islands you wish to go and how much flexibility you desire.