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Old 27-02-2016, 11:06   #1
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Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Buying 40 cat in the Bahamas in April. Better to summer over in the Bahamas or on the southeast US coast -

and need your advise on marinas, mooring fields and yards to best secure during hurricane season. We will be aboard for all months but July.
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Old 27-02-2016, 13:09   #2
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

If I was in your shoes, I would head north to Cape Cod / Martha's Vineyard / Nantucket / Maine. Then head back south. . . .
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Too many unknowns to really answer your question.

You asked about "marinas, mooring fields and yards" and without question there are a lot more choices with better facilities in the Southeast US coast. The reason folks go to the Bahamas is mostly to cruise and anchor in more pristine areas. In fact it is quite easy to not see another boat for days or even weeks if you choose to do so in the Bahamas.

What would concern me is possibly leaving the boat for a month in hurricane season. My first choice would be to haul the boat out someplace on the St. Lucie Canal. Problem is many of the yards don't have a travel lift big enough for a wide beam cat. To make matters worse in hurricane season they tend to fill up so there may not be room.

Without knowing what you want to do while you are on the boat, there is a big difference between wanting to dive for lobsters and fish for mutton snapper during the day or head to a bar for drinks at night, it is difficult to suggest which option you should choose.

And there is the other option of heading North out of hurricane zones. Problem is that a storm like Sandy can cause problems way up North.

More details about you and what you want to do on the boat would help.
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Old 27-02-2016, 18:02   #4
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Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

With modern weather forecasting there is no need to run a boat 1200 miles up to New England. If in the Bahamas and a storm arises, you can get to safe harbor easily, be it there or on the mainland. And even easier to get away if in Florida. It cracks me up, all the naive talk of taking boats away from Florida in hurricane season. There are at least 50,000 boats in Florida that stay in their wet slips or on moorings each summer.

If the boat may need work done, it's much easier and cheaper in Ft Lauderdale. If not, the Bahamas are cooler and more pleasant than FL in the summer. Very pleasant in the off season months of Sep and Oct.


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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Just FYI I wasn't suggesting Cape Cod and Maine to avoid hurricanes. I just think they're better places to spend the summer than Florida and the Bahamas. . . . FL and the Bahamas will still be there later in the fall and through the winter, when, yes, I would love to be there.
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Sorry Cormorant. I also like Eggamoggin Reach in the summer.


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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Well, what ever you do... don't spend summer in Florida. We have done so for the last two summers and NEVER AGAIN! Way too hot, way too humid, and then the crazy lighting and thunder storms. I'd say stay in the Bahamas or go north to Long Island Sound - our destination this summer.

People leave Florida for hurricane season because they have too. Even though I am a Floridian and our boat is registered in the state, we have to leave Florida for insurance purposes unless we buy a rider. Each company only has so many insurance slots for each region and once they are filled, you can't get hurricane season insurance from that company.
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jeff.
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Well, what ever you do... don't spend summer in Florida. We have done so for the last two summers and NEVER AGAIN! Way too hot, way too humid, and then the crazy lighting and thunder storms. I'd say stay in the Bahamas or go north to Long Island Sound - our destination this summer.

People leave Florida for hurricane season because they have too. Even though I am a Floridian and our boat is registered in the state, we have to leave Florida for insurance purposes unless we buy a rider. Each company only has so many insurance slots for each region and once they are filled, you can't get hurricane season insurance from that company.
Yup, but you forgot the billions of mosquitoes, flies, and the general population of spiders, snakes, centipedes, and reptiles. Summer in the south is a real bummer.
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

To get an idea of what you will be missing in the Abacos ( northern Bahamas) during July, , google, " Abaco Race Week" and also, " The Stranded Naked Party".
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Stay in the Bahamas, no questions! More hidey holes if it blows, less stuff flying around to hit you! Wonderful diving in crystal clear water. Lots of anchorages and moorings. Can't be specific because we do not know where you are purchasing your boat. X charter boat? Cooler in the Bahamas than Fla! Better breeze. Sorry no Stranded Naked party this year. Stupid Government tax it out of existence!
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

as noobs, i would go somewhere SAFE.
that is NOT bahamas in summer.
find somewhere not in caneville and have an enjoyable time. save the cane lessons for when you have a lil more experience.
mebbe grenada in summer.
if the anomalous current off chile continues without dissipation, it could be a wild and wicked storm year. or not--
one way to learn is to be in it. last good kicking bahamas got was the first of these sequential el nino years, remember??
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Bahamas in summer and Florida in summer have one thing in common:
Lots of people leave. Yippee!
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Coming to Florida when you catch the stream you will fly. If your new to the boat stay in the Bahamas and have fun. Yes it's hot, but sailing is simple and not crowed. South Florida in July can build to really ugly weather in an afternoon. Watch that carefully
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Re: Advice for rookies - summer in SE US coast or Bahamas?

Only a couple of minor mentions of those pesty little things called hurricanes. Your insurance company may want a huge premium for staying in the hurricane zone during hurricane season. And someone suggested you can get out of the way if you saw one coming by running to fla. Any idea how big these are and how unpredictable?
As most have suggested head north along the East Coast of the USA and have a great time as there is a lot to see and out of the hurricane zone. We did it 2 1/2 times and had a great time and sailed all the Bahamas twice during the winters.
Oh and get the right charts as there is only real one good charts for the Bahamas.
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