38, excellent! Our Second Star is also a Maine
The best way to search the forum is to google
using cruisers forum in the search term. For example searching for "cruisers forum: bahamas crossing" brings up a long list of threads related to Bahamas crossings.
To get your pump
plan is to take our Maine
Cat 38 to the Bahamas in February...contingent on COVID 19 developments. We will use the ICW
is not favorable, but otherwise we will get into the ocean from the Chesapeake or from Beaufort
NC. The course via the ocean will be southeast until well across the gulf stream
before heading more south. An alternative ocean route
would hug the coast giving the opportunity to visit Charleston and St Augustine. You can search the threads for lots of discussion on routes to the Bahamas, including ICW cruises if that is your preference
Depending on when your semester at sea starts you might want to include September and October in the Chesapeake. This is prime sailing time on the Chesapeake, and less vulnerable to hurricanes compared to further south.
Early November is a great time to start wondering south, and when many people start their winter sailing season.