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Old 01-05-2013, 19:07   #1
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Bahamas in summer?

Hello all. I have recently acquired a Columbia 23T and am in the process of putting some life back into her. I have sailed most of Florida's coastline of the years, with much time spent in the lower keys. I am planning a trip to the Bahamas this summer for a week or two and am unsure if late July or early August is a good time to cross. Yes i do know what season that is, but that is when I have the time. Looking for some input from those who have made the crossing.
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Old 01-05-2013, 19:56   #2
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Re: Bahamas in summer?

My wife and I cruised the Bahamas from May until October in the early 90's. Weather was great, daytime temps in upper80's/low 90's but in/on or near the water comfortable. Most nights were reasonably comfortable, although several were too warm for comfort. No ac but windscoops worked well when there was a breeze. Water temps were great for swimming/snorkeling. Anchorages nearly empty. Locals more friendly. Sun hot so need good bimini and sunscreen. Remember skitters but only bad at sunset and sunrise. Al in all, a great time. Cptn Happy
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Regatta time in the Abacos is always fun! I would say after the regatta all of the sailboats tend to make their way back to Florida.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
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It's a great time to be there as long as you keep a close eye on tropical weather systems, and have a plan for what to do when one develops, and is pointed your way.
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Hurricane plan-What would that plan be in the Abacos should a system start getting close...aside from heading back to Florida.
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Hurricane plan-What would that plan be in the Abacos should a system start getting close...aside from heading back to Florida.
The only other safe place I know is the marina in Havanna.
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Hurricane plan-What would that plan be in the Abacos should a system start getting close...aside from heading back to Florida.
I'd be pedal to the metal trying to get to Maule Lake, or up the Miami River, or some other protected water in Florida.
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I'd be pedal to the metal trying to get to Maule Lake, or up the Miami River, or some other protected water in Florida.
Yes, but that is in Florida, while options other than Florida were requested?
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Yes, but that is in Florida, while options other than Florida were requested?
Sometimes, what is requested, isn't what is needed.

I've been through a lot of hurricanes, I run from them whenever I can. I would not want to be going through my very first one, in a boat in the Bahamas.
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ok...let's say I can't make it back to Florida. Should I go to Marsh Harbor or is there good haul out facilties around or just find a secluded area and anchor down the best I can?
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ok...let's say I can't make it back to Florida. Should I go to Marsh Harbor or is there good haul out facilties around or just find a secluded area and anchor down the best I can?
The answers are already here: Florida or Havanna.
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ok thanks...I'll just row back.
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ok...let's say I can't make it back to Florida. Should I go to Marsh Harbor or is there good haul out facilties around or just find a secluded area and anchor down the best I can?
Here is the problem I see with Marsh Harbor. You have a charter fleet there, for one. That is going to be one crowded harbor when a storm starts heading that way that the charter people don't think should be ridden out in their slips.

There are a couple of hurricane holes in George Town, and they are fairly empty in the summer, from what I remember.

There is a reason there are a lot more boats in the Bahamas in the winter than in the summer, and hurricanes are the reason. I'm not saying don't go. Just the opposite. You just don't' want to be trying to formulate a plan from scratch for the first time when you hear there is one coming.

You just have to go through a cat 3 hurricane, or two, to see what it can do to boats in the water (or on the land, for that matter).
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Thank you for answering my question...of course if I can get back I will......
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