I am also planning to head
for the Bahamas in the spring. How are the winds in late spring (May)? My sailboat is in Virginia at the moment, and I have a choice of going down the Intracoastal to s. Florida
and crossing over to the Bahamas from Florida
as the OP is planning to do, or heading offshore
from maybe Oriental NC, going to the east end of the Bahamas and then heading back towards the west end of the chain. You make heading east in the Bahamas sound easy, but Frank Virgintino's "Thinking Man's Guide to Voyages South" makes it sound like a daunting voyage against the tradewinds all the way. What do CF members recommend?