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Old 21-01-2018, 01:46   #1
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6Ft Draft in Bahamas

Hi. We are considering a cruise to the Bahamas / we have a large boat with a 6ft draft. Any advise aside from the obvious of. It running aground? Any cruisers know of or have particular advise on routing and what is good for a larger vessel?
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Re: 6Ft Draft in Bahamas

We spent a season in the Exmuas with 6.5 ft draft without any issues. We passed through the Abacos and had to watch a little closer. Your draft should not be a big issue.
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Re: 6Ft Draft in Bahamas

I did Abacos, Eleuthera, Exuma last year with 6'4" draft. It's not a problem overall and I never touched bottom.
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Hi. We are considering a cruise to the Bahamas / we have a large boat with a 6ft draft. Any advise aside from the obvious of. It running aground? Any cruisers know of or have particular advise on routing and what is good for a larger vessel?
You will be fine. We did with 7ft and no problems. Watch the depth sounder, the charts and the tide. You may need to anchor out a bit off the shore but with a good ground tackle you will be OK. Some placed you will have to wait for the tide to be prudent...and move on a rising tide not HW slack!
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You will be fine. We did with 7ft and no problems. Watch the depth sounder, the charts and the tide. You may need to anchor out a bit off the shore but with a good ground tackle you will be OK. Some placed you will have to wait for the tide to be prudent...and move on a rising tide not HW slack!


Ah. That's good advise. Thanks
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Re: 6Ft Draft in Bahamas

6 foot draft is not an issue - I draft 5' 6", and never came within four feet of bottom. Get Explorer Chartbooks and electronic version and follow the recommended course lines - you can trust their charted depths. There might be a few places you want to cross at / near high tide just for added peace of mind, but no problem with your draft.
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Re: 6Ft Draft in Bahamas

Did the Exumas and some other with 6-5 draft. Yes there will be places you cant go, but mostly pretty good. If going to Georgetown exit the banks getting there before Rudder Cut.
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We have been taking five there and haven't run aground in the Bahamas, yet. (my last aground was a sailboat with four foot draft in Bimini Harbor!) If it was six, I don't think it would be any harder, you just have to take your depth into account in route planning.

But, , definitely don't try to run inside along Musha and Rudder Cay. We skim that route at high tide with 5 feet!
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Explorer Charts, Explorer Charts, Explorer Charts.... can't stress this enough! You'll be just fine with 6' depth if you follow what you see on these charts.

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Explorer Charts, Explorer Charts, Explorer Charts.... can't stress this enough! You'll be just fine with 6' depth if you follow what you see on these charts.

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The advice to anchor a bit further out is great. Also, and very important for a good night’s sleep, is your anchor. We struggled with our CQR. We switched to an Ultra.
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Re: 6Ft Draft in Bahamas

And, learn to read the depth by the colour of the water.
https://distantshores.ca/boatblog_fi...-the-water.php
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