Based on a displacement
vessel doing 5-8 kts.
Planning a crossing from Florida to Bahamas need to do some reverse planning.
First, where do you want to enter the Bahamas.
This will then help you decide on where to launch from, generally want to leave Florida south of your point of entry into Bahamian Waters so you can take advantage of the Gulf Steam vice fighting it. Here are a few options.
Northern Option, entering Abacos from the North. Leave Fort Pierce/or North and sail due east until past the GS and then turn south and enter the Abacos from the North.
Northern Option to Memory Rock. Leave from West Palm or Fort Lauderdale
, enter at Memory Rock at first light, head to Great Sale
, anchor overnight, next day to Green Turtle, anchor, check in.
Southern Options. Multiple tracks. Depart Miami, govt cut, or S end of Key Biscayne (preferred) . Arrive onto Banks at first light. Can check into Bimini, or enter banks and head to
-Great Harbour along N route
-X banks S route
to Chub/Frasiers Hog/Morgans Bluff and check in,
-X banks S route and head to Nassau
and check in.
If you check into Bimini, then can depart there and head on S route direct to West Bay on New Providence for rest, or if weather and crew OK push on to Exumas
-Other good variations on South route is to depart from Marathon or Rodriquez Key and ride the GS all the way north.
We always do a night xing timing our entrance into the banks or Bimini for first light. That way not rushing and have time to play tides if adverse without worrying about pending darkness.
Some good staging spots are:
-\anchorage west palm, south of Peanut, north of Flagler Bridge
-Moorings at Fort Lauderdale Los Olas marina, or anchor in Lake Sylvia
-Key Biscayne or Mooring at Coconut Grove