I dont have the charts
here either but: The charts make it look worse than it is. Bimini
should likely be avoided though due to the channel going in. Last time I went (with shallower draft boat) I just skipped the Bimini stop anyway. I timed my crossing from Biscayne so I reached the entry to the banks (Sail Rock?) about day light and just continued on across the banks. If your speed is good you can make it across the banks and through the narrow cut about sunset. Then you can enter Chub Cay in the Berries using GPS Radar
in the dark and check-in the next morning. Or, you can anchor
on the banks if it gets dark and go through the next morning. If you dont have radar
then entering Chub in the dark could be a little dicey.
After that, You have a deep water
trip to Nassau
, then the wonderful trip sailing in 11-20 ft of clear water
and little sea action inside the island chain, stopping nightly. your next main draft challenge will be deciding when you want to exit the inside of the exuma chain south of Nassau
and make the deep water trip to Georgetown
. The further toward Georgetown
you go, the shallower it gets. You will want to make the jump to Georgetown by Rudder
Cut at the latest. That leaves you with a daysail to Georgetown. Entering the Georgetown area (is it Victoria Harbor?) you need to follow the instructions & GPS
notes in the Explorer charts and Pavladis guide. A little scary the first time but usually we had at least 3 ft under the keel
going through there! For a Northwest Sailor like me it was a little wierd getting used to having less than a couple of hundred feet under the keel! But you learn to read the water color. Exiting Georgetown is easier...