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Old 30-06-2009, 12:47   #16
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My vote is the Morgan. From my dozen groundings along the Gulf coast and the anticipation of more in the Bahamas a draft of more than 4 feet is trouble. The Morgan is wide beam so more space below. It is also a boat with a solid build. There are a lot of Morgans cruising - must be a reason?

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Old 30-06-2009, 13:20   #17
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While I can't assist in advising which boat on your list maybe the best choice, I cannot agree with Rising Star's comment on vessel draft. I, and many of my friends, have sailed the Bahamas for the last four years. We've been as far south as the Jumento's and up to and around the Abacos. I draw almost 6' and most of the boats (sail) seem to draw 5'+. Have yet to run aground (knock on teak). All said I would not shy away from a boat with 5' draft.

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Old 30-06-2009, 22:44   #18
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Ditto the draft issue...5 whole winters spent in the Bahamas with a 6' draft and not ONE grounding. Have to wait for tide in a few places...but otherwise no issues. By the way... it is will be very happy!

My advice...get rid of the spread sheet and visit boats in your price range and buy the one you find that:
1. You like and meets your basic requirements
2. Is in the best condition of the ones you see
3. Passes the survey with flying colors.
4. Has an engine in great shape.

The differences between brands and models of this age and price range vessel will be FAR less important than the differences in condition and what those differences will cost you in time, $$ and perhaps even safety.
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Old 02-07-2009, 18:23   #19
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Welcome to the forum, a nice place to hang out.

when are you posting the WiFi locs? I'm all ears. We're getting close to getting our boat, and Bahamas are first stop.


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Old 03-07-2009, 12:19   #20
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Welcome from yet another Texan,
When ya get to Bahamas and start exploring the hundred or so islands, be sure to check out Eluthra, it is part of the out islands. Eluthra has the friendliest people and is very pretty above and below the waterline.
It sounds like you already found a boat (?) If not, Clear Lake area has a good variety of boats for sale. Also, there are still some good deals to be had from IKE.
Good luck on your adventure
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Seems to me DB wants free input to his problem but no willing to give out his WIFI hotspots?? Is it that he would be willing to sell his WIFI results if you were to pay for them? I will give my input to your problem DB if you willingly post your WIFI specs.... I thought so..
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Old 14-11-2010, 13:51   #22
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Hot spots are available in most places in the the Exumas from Nassau to Georgetown, mostly pay.
Long Island, Thompson Bay, free if you buy a beer
Jumentos, nothing there.
Abaco, lots of spots some free.
Wifi is not a problem in the populated areas if you're prepared to pay.

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