There are a few options for the trip to the T&C. Which you pick will depend to some degree on your draft
and personal preferences.
Probably the most common is:
or Cat Cay.
2. Bimini/Cat Cay across the Great Bahama Banks. Which route
across the banks will depend on your draft
. Where you stop once across the banks depends on your route
and preference. You could stop at Chub Cay in the Berry Islands (kind of expensive last time I stopped there), north Andros (not much in the way of facilities) or continue on to Nassau
(also not cheap
and you're in the big city). NOTE: if you stop in Nassau
be aware that there is a strong current
between the main island and Paradise Island so anchoring
can be tricky. Some places there's nothing but rock bottom and no holding unless your anchor
catches under a ledge which will dislodge when the tide changes.
3. Next stop northern Exumas
. Then work
your way down the Exuma chain to Georgetown
has good facilities, groceries, flights to the states and a large cruising community.
4. Long Island
. If you want to break the trip up the first night you can anchor
off the beach on the west side of the northern tip of the island IF the winds are normal easterly trades. In a norther that will be exposes and not comfortable and possibly unsafe.
5. Clarence Town. Last stop with any kind of resources until the T&C.
6. Crooked Island group. Anchor off the NW point and dinghy
to the small settlement but an open roadstead OR anchor in Atwood Harbor that is calm and protected in all but north winds but not close to anything.
7. From there on to the T&C but an option to stop off at Mayaguana.
The other route would be to go farther east. Through Current
Cut, down the west coast
of Eleuthera, Cat Island, San Salvador or Rum
Cay area (good diving), etc.