Originally Posted by dennisjay
The Abacos can be on the chilly side in January and February
That is an understatement. The past two years have found Dec-Feb to be almost freezing in the Abacos with the cold fronts passing through. The past two years have had water
temps below 60F/16C and air temps commensurate with driving the water
temps that low. Really no different temps than the equivalent latitude of FL have been experiencing.
Going to the Exumas early and working North is very good advice. The Abacos are fantastic, but not when spending a month riding out gales wondering when you will finally be able to put away your winter clothing
. Go there in the spring.
We have always left FL straight to Nassau and immediately on to the Exumas. We like to spend Dec-Feb in the Jumentos/Raggeds and work our way North as the weather
Don't go to the Jumentos/Raggeds in the winter unless you are very confident in your abilities to handle your boat and selves in rough conditions with no outside resources or hope of help. If a front does make it down that far (they do), there are few places to hide and none will be comfortable. Many anchorages
are very dangerous during frontal passages. I don't know your expertise and don't mean the above to be offensive to you, but we see unprepared or inexperienced people down there each year get into trouble or have a bad experience.
The Explorer charts
, which you should have on board, also have a good bit of cruising guide content.