I was hoping for some comments and advice
on a pending trip to Bonaire
Overview: 41' Freeport Islander ketch
, 4 people - 2 boat
owners moving to Bonaire
(some sailing experience), a captain
with years sailing the Gulf and Keys, a mate with modest sailing experiences. Time is not a major factor, but this is more a boat delivery
than a pleasure trip. We're planning on leaving the beginning of March.
We are currently looking at 3 options:
1. Up the Keys, across to Bimini
, Chub Cay, New Providence, then down the Exumas
, Great Inagua, wait on weather
, Windward Pass, around Haiti
, stop at Salinas DR, wait for a weather
window, then Bonaire. In the Exumas
we'd sail or motor
8 -10 hours and stop for the night.
2. Instead of the Exuams we'd sail down the Tongue of the Ocean planning on 24 hour sailing to the Raggeds, then direct to Great Inagua. The rest would be the same.
3. Leave Marathon and sail directly to Great Inagua staying east of the Old Bahama Channel - it would be 4 - 5 days 24 hour sailing.
I'd be interested in any comments or suggestions.