Originally Posted by monte
That's an interesting point. Yes we are likely to head towards the Bahamas next November. Is it an easier sail from further north?
No. Not necessarily easier southbound to the Bahamas, depending on your definition of "easy". I've done two, direct off shore passages from the Ches Bay to Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. About 4 days and that destination
is easy if you arrive at night. Much better fishing
than the coastal route
But if you're starting from further south than Hatteras, it seems most (non-ICW) folks stay coastal (inside the Gulf Stream) to FL then cross to the Bahamas from there, with multiple destinations possible. This approach takes a lot longer as the coastal folks typically don't go non-stop. It can be done non-stop, of course, but the route
is longer vs direct outside the GS. Of significance here is the location of the GS. It passes fairly close to Hatteras, so coming south around Hatteras you're already pretty far east and crossing the GS just SE of Hatteras is about the best place to cross it - it's narrow and well defined there. Starting from Beaufort or further south, you're pretty far west of the GS and to cross it means going pretty far east, just to turn SW towards the Bahamas once you cross it. Not really worth it.
How is the sail up there from Bahamas or Carolina in June?
I assume you mean, "how is the sail to Ches Bay from Bahamas or NC in June?"
I've made the sail from the Bahamas to Ches Bay three times. 1) direct offshore
from the Abacos, 2) first to FL, then coastwise up the coast with multiple stops, and 3) first to FL, then non-stop to Ches Bay riding the "elevator".
All these were in May. Each approach has its appeal and all weather
Sailing from NC to Ches Bay in June is straightforward. Just pick a 48 hour window from Beaufort or Cape Lookout Bight and pass close around Hatteras, just outside Diamond Shoals. Stay out of the GS, which is easy to avoid.
2 Hulls Dave