I've been to Andros a couple of times, and never had any problems. That doesn't mean there couldn't be any. If you insist on trying the passage
inside the reef you will find it quite a tough go. I suggest a very shallow draft
, only move when the sun is high and the water
is flat. That being said the Tongue of the Ocean is just a little ways off shore and is 6000 feet deep. If you can manage to run aground there you should give up boating
. To visit people at the at AUTEC you'll need to go into Fresh Creek, you are not allowed in the naval base harbor. The Marina there is government
run and nota a bad place to stay. The current
in the creek is strong so be prepared. Though the Marina has a fuel dock
, but supplies are spotty at best. Fuel
is often scheduled to be delivered next Thursday, no matter what day you ask.
At Fresh creek there are a couple of Islands just offshore
and north of the channel that you can anchor
behind if you would like to Anchor
out and dinghy
in. They give you very good protection from winds anywhere in the eastern hemisphere. The entrance to the anchoring
area crosses a bar of very white sand and the water
is very clear you would swear it was only a foot deep, but we never saw less than 7 feet. If you have the explorer charts
, just cross the deepest part of the bar and you'll be ok. Water in the anchoring
area behind the islands is abot 9-10 feet at low tide and is deep sand. There are areas of grass
that are difficult to set in but go for the deep sand.
I've also spent time at Morgan's Bluff. The marina there is a commercial
marina and does not have cruiser type ammenities, but they often have fuel when no one else does. The Fuel dock
is cash only so be prepared. You can also anchor out just outside of the commercial
harbor in about 9 feet of water with good holding. There is a water dock there where the large water tanker for Nassau
fills up with fresh water, so steer clear of that area as the boat
will arrive at any time of the day or night. Because the entrance is maintained for that vessel it is quite deep and will give you no trouble.
I hope this helps.