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Old 21-10-2017, 16:40   #16
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Re: Bahamas Memory Rock or Indian Cay

We left West Palm Beach around 2200 last January and crossed at night, was a very nice crossing. Busy at one point with 7 close targets on the AIS, but not biggy.
Made breakfast in West End while waiting for customs to wake up, inflated our dinghy, and then continued on at 10am. If you enjoy night sailing then I'd definitely recommend that plan, but AIS is key. A full day on the glassy waters of Abacos is a nice welcome for day 1!
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Old 20-05-2018, 06:27   #17
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Reviving this thread, since I already made this crossing both ways, and I took two different routes.

To go Florida-Green Turtle Cay, I ended up leaving Ft Pierce (the actual inlet) at around 6am (I wanted to leave earlier, but you know how it goes sometimes it was my first time around that inlet, at night, lots of current, I waited a bit for something closer to slack), I headed SW, making sure I gained some ground on the Gulf Stream before heading W. How much? I can't really remember, I need to get to those GPS tracks and post them. But I got NOWHERE close to Jupiter. I probably motorsailed for around 2 hours with a SW heading before going WEST. My plan was to enter the banks at Manatilla Shoals. I didn't really trust the idea of Memory Rock since it looked iffy on my plotter / and planning tool (Navionics both). At that point I was just not minding the Explorer charts that much (afterwards I learned from my mistakes ).

I probably did the 12 hours that my planning stage determined, because I arrived at Manatilla just at sundown. I think Manatilla is a GREAT way to enter the banks. It's wiiiiiiide, easy, no obstructions, and there's always more water than you would expect. We sailed through the banks at night (beautiful!), with only two small squalls on the way, the wind was perfect, at around 15kts AWS, going into the 20s with the squalls on a beam/close reach. The bank, mainly flat in regards to wave action. We arrived in Great Sale Cay maybe around 4am. This was my first time anchoring here, the moon phase didn't really help, so I really didn't get inside the little cove, just barely, but it was good enough to sleep for a few hours and reset the anchor later at daytime. The squalls were going to be more constant through out that day for all I could see, so we decided to rest and take the day at Great Sale and continue the next morning, well rested, no squalls. It was a great decision since the sun came out, and we had fantastic weather to push onto Pensacola, full sail. We anchored at Pensacola at daytime, with winds from the NE, which proved to be a great spot to anchor under those conditions. My plan was to hit Green Turtle Cay in one go. Unfortunately, as I was motoring out of the anchorage, I noticed my Balmar ARS5 regulator was acting up (voltage would spike past 15v and then come back, and spike, and come back). At first I thought it was the alternator that was done, so I ended up stopping at the dreaded (and expensive) Spanish Cay. I did customs there, called Balmar, and just disconnected the regulator until I could get a replacement (it was gone). To make matters worse, I had done some fiddling with the water heater and the water supply lines, I realized the port side fresh water tank was basically close to gone, it had leaked through out the trip, probably since before we left. And as I was trying to fix it, lost quite a bit more. So, I paid for the most expensive water fill ever .

Anyhow, the son of the owner of Spanish Cay was really nice (a Peruvian), and I ended up staying for two night while I fixed the water leak, figured out the Balmar thing and was able to order a replacement regulator that a girlfriend travelling by plane a few days later would bring to Green Turtle Cay.

From Spanish to GTC, it was an easy day sail. I ended up staying in the White Sound side in GTC, and ended up leaving the boat until december in the marina. Long story but I had no outboard, and preferred to be able to get on shore by walking off the boat. Haha. Next time around Im taking a mooring, now that all systems on my boat are working correctly.

I sailed around the Abacos for a few weeks in October, did quite a bit of sailing on my own (single handed) and really enjoyed the Abaco sea.

In December I wanted to return to the US (long story), so I took on a friend with no experience whatasoever, who ended up getting seasick 80% of the trip back. I did GTC, Pensacola, Mangrove and West End thru the Indian cut, slept over at West End in the marina, and waited for a good window for a couple of days. It wasn't the BEST window, but ... it worked. I had to motorsail once I was about 20nm off West Palm Beach. Basically doing most of it singlehanded. Though, he did help out with the crossing in Indian Cut as a spotter.

So, I hope this account works for somebody looking to do similar trip.
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Old 20-05-2018, 06:29   #18
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I do have one question to throw around. One thing I HATED about Navionics charts on Bahamas is they are RIDDLED with rock markers. If you look at the Explorer charts (or the BlueChart old Garmin ipad app which used that info), there is nothing. It just makes it very stressful to go around Bahamas with the Navionics charts, it looks like everything is "overly" scary, when it shouldn't. Whats up with all those "rocks" (red markers).
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I do have one question to throw around. One thing I HATED about Navionics charts on Bahamas is they are RIDDLED with rock markers. If you look at the Explorer charts (or the BlueChart old Garmin ipad app which used that info), there is nothing. It just makes it very stressful to go around Bahamas with the Navionics charts, it looks like everything is "overly" scary, when it shouldn't. Whats up with all those "rocks" (red markers).
Explorer charts are the only ones you want to be looking at in the Bahamas.
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Old 20-05-2018, 08:34   #20
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I do have one question to throw around. One thing I HATED about Navionics charts on Bahamas is they are RIDDLED with rock markers. If you look at the Explorer charts (or the BlueChart old Garmin ipad app which used that info), there is nothing. It just makes it very stressful to go around Bahamas with the Navionics charts, it looks like everything is "overly" scary, when it shouldn't. Whats up with all those "rocks" (red markers).
There is a simple option on Navionic charts to filter out all rock symbols that are below a depth of your choice. Cleans up the display a lot.

How to set that option depends on the display you are using...
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Old 21-05-2018, 10:17   #21
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I think I remember seeing that setting somewhere in the Raymarine setup pages ... I will look for it.

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Old 16-06-2018, 08:14   #22
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We crossed over to and from the Bahamas many many times - generally to Grand Bahama or the Berrys or to Harbour Island. There are some procedures that we learned and developed that I think are worth sharing. Crossing the gulf stream is not trivial and should only be done in a good weather window. A North wind can create 30' seas in the stream. We found it helpful to depart from West Palm because we could anchor in Lake Worth and wait for a good weather window as long as necessary. When you cross onto the bank or arrive at a port, it should be in the day time with the sun high overhead so you can see the bottom features "read the water". That means that you estimate your travel time and depart whenever necessary in order to arrive with the sun overhead. In fact a good rule of thumb for any short passages (a day or two) is to plan the departure time to arrive at mid day. Memory Rock is a much safer place to cross over onto the bank. West End is a good place to clear customs, but very poor anchoring. If you are going to West End, take insect repellent. The no-seeums are terrible there. A good thing to use for repelling no-seeums is "skin so soft". I hope these pointers help. We dearly love the Bahamas and the people. I'm sure you will have a good time. P.S. In the Bahamas the water is generally shallow, clear, and warm so it is an easy thing to dive immediately after anchoring to check the set of the anchor. In many places what appears from the surface to be a nice sand bottom is only a thin layer of sand over a hard coral bottom and the anchor does not really set.
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...To go Florida-Green Turtle Cay, I ended up leaving Ft Pierce (the actual inlet) at around 6am ...I headed SW
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..making sure I gained some ground on the Gulf Stream before heading W...
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