Originally Posted by cnix
I seem to find more information about clearing in Bimini
, and then crossing the banks from there. Should a noob like myself consider the West End instead? I've read that you don't want to go North of Grand Bahama for anything, but there's a little more protection, and shorter legs starting off from up there on the South side of the island. Frankly, it sounds less interesting to me than points South, but it could be my own ignorance.
Don't know why anyone would say not to go north of Grand Bahama. Not much to see there until you reach the Abaco
Island chain but it is arguably the easiest route
to the eastern side of the Bahamas
Clear in at West End, enter the banks and you have a +/- 60 mile hop across the banks to Sale
Cay. Good overnight anchorage and from there a short hop to reach the north end of the Abacos where you can then do short day sails
from island to island.
One potentially tricky spot in that trip, Whale Cay Passage
. The traditional channel goes outside the banks to deep water
bypass a shallow area on the banks side. The channels there can be dangerous if there are strong easterly winds or storms out in the Atlantic generating big swells. I have heard that there is a route
on the inside that you can take now but haven't been through there for years so would recommend further research
before going that way.
Once you get south of Whale Cay there are lots of interesting places to visit: Marsh Harbor, Hopetown, Man of War. If you don't want to go that far still plenty of islands and stops north of Whale.