Going to Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:52 am

Towards the end of March 2015, I am planning to take my Albin 28TE to Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Considering the Gulf Stream currents, what would be the shortest and most advisable navigation route to take?
Also, how long would it take to do the crossing with an average SOG of 10 knots?
I welcome any advise and recommendation.
Thanks!

Mark Deeser
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Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:10 pm

Bahamia, I have not made the crossing, have thought about it a lot. If you google Gulf Stream crossing you will get more information than you could read in a weekend. Sounds like a great boat for a very nice trip.

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Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:45 pm

Check out the Waterway Guide. They give routes, times at various speeds, distances, and lots of otherinfo.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:25 am

Thank you, Mark!
Thank you rcor!
I will check these references.

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:23 pm

We spent three winters in the Bahamas on our sailboat and the best advice I could give is to be patient and wait for a good weather window. Every crossing we had was beautiful with no problems but we spent as much as a week or more hanging out in Key Biscayne waiting for the right weather to cross from there to Cat Cay or Bimini and then on to the Berry's. The last time we came back the seas were flat, the weather sunny and the fishing was good. Just be patient and don't have a deadline if you can avoid it. And pick up some of the Explorer Charts for that region - they are the best.

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:32 pm

I made the crossing from Stuart to West End in my 32 Sportfish; cruising at 16 kts. It took about 4-5 hours depending on the speed of the gulf stream. You might want to leave from Palm Beach and ride the stream north instead. Bear in mind that you have to adjust your course due to the strength of the stream; in my boat I had to alter my course about 15 degrees to compensate. Old Bahama Bay is the marina at West End; very pricey these days. The anchorage is poor; so so holding and LOTS of current. We used to skip West End and go straight to Great Sale and drop the hook. Good holding; lots of mosquitos. From there you can easily make Green Turtle the next day, and go through customs there.
Make sure you have the appropriate courtesy flags, and display them. If you want some good anchorages, ssend me a private email.
Jim Persson
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Thu May 19, 2016 1:14 pm

Chester B wrote:We spent three winters in the Bahamas on our sailboat and the best advice I could give is to be patient and wait for a good weather window. Every crossing we had was beautiful with no problems but we spent as much as a week or more hanging out in Key Biscayne waiting for the right weather to cross from there to Cat Cay or Bimini and then on to the Berry's. The last time we came back the seas were flat, the weather sunny and the fishing was good. Just be patient and don't have a deadline if you can avoid it. And pick up some of the Explorer Charts for that region - they are the best.
Thank you, Chester.

More than one year after my first Gulf Stream crossing to Grand Bahama Island, I wish to thank you for your very useful information and tell you how everything went.

Yes, you are correct. Being patient and waiting for the favorable weather window is key. And this is exactly what I did.
I did check <passageweather.com> forecast for wind and waves and... KABOOM...!!! I made a delightful Gulf Stream crossing with a S-SE wind 5-10 knots and waves 1-2 feet.

So you know, I also bought the Explorer charts for the Near Bahamas, including the Explorer Chart C-Map chip for my Ray Marine charter/plotter.

Thanks again,
Luis Cortes
Hobe Sound, FL

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Fri May 20, 2016 8:05 pm

Hey there neighbor!
Glad you had a good time and good trip! Rough seas make it very uncomfortable!
It's all about relaxation :)

Former owner of a 2006 40' NSC

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