Many boats move down to Georgetown
for the winter
so I usually see fewer boats in Marsh Harbour in the winter
than in early summer. There's a convenient dinghy dock
that I've used to pick up and drop off crew frequently.
I don't think either Nassau
or Freeport are very convenient alternatives for picking up crew in the winter as cold fronts are common and can be strong. Nassau is much closer, but you can reach Grand Bahama without ever leaving the Little Bahama Bank.
There are shuttle/bus options from West End to Freeport, but I really think over all Marsh Harbour is a better option. If your goal is to cruise
the northern Abacos, there is ferry service
to and from Green Turtle Cay (I have a boat
there now) and the Treasure Cay Airport
, but over all I prefer the the all around anchoring
protection Marsh Harbour provides as well as more varied and economical provisioning