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Sailing the Exumas In Jan

Pacific Nw
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Sailing the Exumas In Jan

We are planning a bareboat cruise in the Exumas and wanted to know if there are any websites or suggestions, things we need to be aware of.

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What is your level of experience with sailing boats? There are many charts available and can be put to good use, but the majoriity of water in the Bahamas iin the shallower areas is best done by "reading" the colours, as sand shifts often. A good set of charts and a copy of the Yachtsman's Guide are must haves. And being well-provisioned before leaving the dock would be good too, as there are not many places to restock once leaving Georgetown. The Cays are absolutely beautiful -- most of the area is part of a national park, and a no take zone for fish, conch, crawfish, etc. Grouper season will be closed in January also.

January weather can be quiet tempermental with cold fronts and fast-building storms. The water can remain unsettled for days afterwards and the water can be quite cool for swimming. It's always a bit of a crap shoot, as it could also be lovely weather.

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We have sailed in the Sea of Abaco, BVI's, Grenadines, and in the Pacific NW. We also own a 44 ft motor boat. We are planning on late January but are quite aware of the cold fronts, as we experienced that in the Abacos. I've already ordered a guide for the Exumas and a set of charts. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed for good weather. Any places you suggest for anchoring or seeing?

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Explorer Charts are a must! If a bad front is coming, the pond at Normans Cay is a great anchorage...we've done a hurricane there. Definitely learn to read the water, and you can do inside or outside of the Exumas depending on weather almost the whole way from N to S. Farmers Cay for the First Friday in February Festival if you are around. Swim with the pigs at Big Majors and snorkel the Thunderball. Check out the book Off The Beaten Path.

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Depending on how far you plan to venture, some of the good places to anchor (depending on draft) are Pipe Creek, Halls Pond, 3rd bay in Shroud Cay, between Darby and Little Darby, Allen Cays creek, Waderick Wells,. Really no shortage of places to explore. We used to spend 2 weeks each summer going through the Exumas from Nassau to Long Island where we would spend the rest of the summers. No live-aboard boat anymorem just sport fishing boats, but lots of wonderful memories.

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Thank you for the advice.

We also need to know if there is any cell phone service available, or in what area, and if there is internet coverage anywhere along the Exumas

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