It's really quite easy. It's relatively deep water
(for the Bahamas) the routes are clear. Traffic is minimal. Radar
make traffic management very easy.
We did it at night first time, and no issues with our 6'6" draft
. We met one island freighter on the way, had a brief radio
discussion for passing arrangements and that was that. Dropped anchor
in the AM off Chub Cay for a break before heading over to New Providence.
I seem to be the only one on the planet who thinks that Explorer charts
are way, way, WAY over-hyped. I have used Explorer, C-Map
, and TranSas charts
in the Bahamas
Transas wins, hands down for updated accuracy, and completeness. Navionics
second, and C-Map/Explorer run third. Don't get me wrong, they ALL have problems, NONE are perfect, and all are useful. Use more than one if you can. NV brand paper charts have been my go-to for planning and backup in all of the Caribbean
and USA east coast
All have the essentially the same recommended routes. If you follow the recommended route
suitable for your draft
, and you pay attention to those places they call out as ENA (Eyeball Navigation
Area) you'll do fine with any of them.