back up a few miles and hang out in north lake worth
. after passing marker 28 on your port, look for marker 1 leading off towards the northeast and into old port cove. as you go deeper in you'll see a small fleet of sailboats hanging out waiting for weather
to cross or still loading supplies. anchor
at the north end of the lake and use your dinghy
to go up the small stream that is crossed by a small bridge. you'll probably see dinghy's tied up there. tie up yourself and walk down the block to the shopping
center (big publix supermarket). stop by to say hello to other boats in the anchorage waiting to cross. you'll meet them again in the abacos. last year we had ten cruisers around our salon
table talking sailing and cruising. some even brought snacks.
as to crossing, it really is better going further south. if going to west end, fort lauderdale
isn't a bad jumping off spot but there are precious few places to anchor
there while waiting on weather
. biscayne bay and that vicinity has many more waiting places, and is a better start if you're going to bimini
. we crossed to the abacos from lake worth this summer but made our entry at memory rock; we didn't actually clear customs
till we got to green turtle cay. and we had to do more motoring during the crossing than i had wanted to. but once you're at memory rock you're in shallow water
the rest of the time you're in the abacos so you can literally anchor anywhere.
and whatever you do, don't go unless you're totally satisfied with the weather report.