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Old 10-01-2016, 08:40   #16
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Re: George Town to Keys

We have make this run both ways about twice a year. I agree with Dave852, the most traveled route north of Andros is best for night sailing.
If crossing the Stream as north as Gun at Cut, we prefer to sail across to North Key Largo and than south inside at Hawks Channel to escape the current.

We did try to take our Belize 43 with 4'3" draft through South Bight from the west. It was good we first tried from this direction as we only made it about 5 miles before coming up to a narrow channel through the flats marked by small steaks. This channel was deep enough but, we could only get one hull in it. We gave up after a couple failed attempts with a full moon high tide.
After this, we did go around the south end of Andros. This is uncharted but, we had good light. To stay in comfortable depths, we ended up sailing so far south, we were close to loosing sight of the low cays on the south of the island. This works but, you need good light. I had printed out Google Earth photos of this area showing some channels close to the south of Andros but, without coordinates, was not comfortable trying this with the winds we had.

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Old 10-01-2016, 08:50   #17
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Re: George Town to Keys

My waterline beam is about 17.5' I'm guessing that 75' Parker thing must have a beam close to that. Of course the channels do change over time. Do you think I could make it thru that narrow area with a 3' draft and the 17.5'?

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Old 10-01-2016, 11:24   #18
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Re: George Town to Keys

Simplest and easiest is Geeorgetown, Current Cut, Current Rock, Chub Cay, Northwest channel, Russel, South Riding Rocks, Turtle Reef, Hawk Channel.

Stream is on the beam, and if you get pushed a bit north plenty of entrances.

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Old 10-01-2016, 19:44   #19
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Re: George Town to Keys

Has anyone taken the Cluffs Cay cut just north of Great Exuma then turning and going by Jimmy Cay? From there across the banks / tongue and then south of Andros to the Keys?

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