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Old 22-02-2015, 14:27   #1
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Bahamas Sailing with Children

Hello

Interested in insight to bareboat charters in the Bahamas with the family ( 2 kids 6 & 10) and whether you recommend a cat vs a monohull? Also the easiest way to get there from Orlando

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Old 22-02-2015, 14:45   #2
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Are there any bareboat charters in the Bahamas? I dont remember seeing any. And navigation isnt charter friendly.
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Old 22-02-2015, 14:57   #3
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Think Sunsail and moorings are there Abacos Islands Marsh Harbor?? After some experience of anyone who has chartered.

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Old 22-02-2015, 15:06   #4
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I don't really know anything about the MaineCat charters, but I do recall seeing their ads here and there. . . .

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sunsail is in marsh harbor .. they have monos and cats. i know there used to be a flight to the bahamas out of daytona and maybe orlando too.
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Re: Bahamas Sailing with Children

Yes Mark, there are....Abacos Yacht Charter | Sunsail USA

Plenty of entertainment value watching these charter boats everywhere on the Sea of Abaco.

I guess we hit it lucky. There was a charter cat that eventually picked up a mooring in Hopetown. What they lacked in boathandling, they made up with nekkid partying. (no, I didn't bring out the binoculars ). It was spring break at the time, so not old cruising couples, but young, healthy, attractive kids.

Seriously, the Sea of Abaco offers some pretty safe sailing grounds. Probably good for a family on their first trip to the Bahamas.

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Old 22-02-2015, 15:13   #7
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Thank you all, very interesting and seems like fun ahead. Will carry on researching


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Old 22-02-2015, 15:16   #8
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There are Sunsail and Moorings in Marsh Harbour - maybe not Moorings, but they're the same anyway. I've seen the Main Cats, but don't know who charters them. I hear there is a charter base of some sort now in the Exumas.

What time of year and why not just go to the BVIs? I've cruised both extensively and I frankly cannot figure out why the Abacos base has any customers at all - especially in the deep winter. Maybe the air fare from the US is cheaper. For charterers the Virgins are easier with more places to go and with more stable weather and with more dramatic geography. That said, I have spoken with cruisers who keep their boats in the Abacos year round and have never been anywhere else. The Sea of Abaco is a good and protected body of water to sail but it's no Drake Channel.....

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We chartered a cat from Moorings in Marsh Harbor, a few years ago. ‘Went in February and had a great time. I was told that some places can be “Party Central” at certain times of the year – not so good with kids aboard so do your research.


We went through Miami but I'm pretty sure that you can fly direct from Orlando. I'm not a fan of cats (nautical or furry) but the shallow draft is nice in the Abacos.



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Thank you have sailed the BVI' s which are amazing, however thought given we are heading to Disney first , Bahamas would be an easier more accessible trip and somewhere different . Likely to be in August timeframe all ideas welcomed


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Thank you have sailed the BVI' s which are amazing, however thought given we are heading to Disney first , Bahamas would be an easier more accessible trip and somewhere different . Likely to be in August timeframe all ideas welcomed
Roger that. In August you have the same threat of tropical weather as in the Virgins. But the good news is no winter cold fronts. There will be more convective weather in the Abacos, though. And more days with no wind. But the water is beautiful and the navigation easy. And you'll get more anchoring practice as the proliferation of mooring balls is far less than in the BVIs....

The cats offered for charter in Marsh Harbour would have a little less draft than the monos available, but not much. Not enough to make a difference in my view, and I'm a cat person. Recommend you make this decision on cost and comfort criteria....

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Many thanks Dave


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Old 22-02-2015, 16:23   #13
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The sea of Abaco is a very safe easy to navigate area. Lots of anchorages for any wind direction. Lots of deserted beaches, or populated Cays with bars and resturants. Great place to bring children. Several top notch charter companies based out of Marsh Harbour and Hopetown.
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Re: Bahamas Sailing with Children

The Moorings and Sunsail are large charter companies located at the same dock in Marsh Harbour, both a part of TUI marine TUI travel. You can fly directly into Marsh Harbour. It's a short cab ride to the base. I've traded time or chartered there about 10 times now.

Cat or mono depends in part on how much space you want and what you are willing to spend. Cat's tend to have shallower draft which can provide more anchoring options and more flexibility with a few channels such as going into Little Harbour.

The Moorings and Sunsail both give prices and schematics of boats available on their websites.

I owned a boat in the VIs. Both locations have their pluses and minuses. What I like about the Abacos, Bahamas is the many uninhabited islands one can anchor off of and enjoy. Catching your own lobster dinner ain't bad either.
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Any other charter companies or trading time owners /sites you would recommend?
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