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Old 01-28-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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Charter--Abaco vs BVI ?

After flailing around the past few months trying to buy a boat but not really getting anywhere, we are thinking about slowing down on our boat search and are thinking about chartering again this summer.

In June 2011 we chartered a Great Harbour N37 for a week in the Abacos and really enjoyed it. I want to go back to the Abacos for two weeks this time on a FP 40' Summerland catamaran. I though it would be fun to spend more time at the places we really liked and anchor out more this time as well. My wife thinks we should try something different and wants to try the BVI.

I also found a 47 Leopard cat I can bareboat charter for 10 days leaving from Tortola through LateSail. The price is similar to the Bahamas charter, but the time is a bit shorter and the flights look to be a pain to get to Tortola. I don't have experience with a cat this big so they require I day with a captain (which I'm cool with) and I'm unfamiliar with cruising in the BVI.

Any thoughts? Am I crazy for wanting to go back to the Abacos? Does 14 days sound too long? I was not ready to leave after a week and would like more days to anchor out and spend more time at Hope Town and GTC.

I wanted to try to get my parents aboard for a few days and think they are more likely to go to the Bahamas due to the easier flights into Puerto Rico then Tortola required multiple stops and overnight flights on the return flight.
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Have a good friend that has done both several times...says he prefers the Abacos.

Would trust his judgement with my life, and as hard as it is to believe..I would do the Abacos first in case I never made it to the BVI.
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The Abacos are easy with more chance finding a secluded anchorage that the BVI. How many of the Cays have you visited in Abaco? We have been over several times, and may go again this spring.j
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:46 PM   #4
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The Abacos are easy with more chance finding a secluded anchorage that the BVI. How many of the Cays have you visited in Abaco? We have been over several times, and may go again this spring.j
We started at Marsh Harbor, went to Great Guana, Hope Town, Treasure Cay and Elbow Cay. Couldn't go to GTC due to bareboat restriction.
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Goto the abaco's , you won't regret it. 14 days should be sufficient.
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Have a good friend that has done both several times...says he prefers the Abacos...
Yup. Having done both, I'd go to the Albacos. If you're sailing, it would be a toss up though.
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Not sailing-- chartering a powercat. A 3.5' draft and 17.75' beam. Beam might suck in some marinas. Can't really remember however.

I'm really leaning towards the Abacos again....
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Not sailing. Chartering a powercat. A little over 3' draft
With a little over 3' of draft you'll be just fine everywhere.
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With a little over 3' of draft you'll be just fine everywhere.
Excellent. Thanks. Do you ever get worried with your 5' draft in the Bahamas?
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Excellent. Thanks. Do you ever get worried with your 5' draft in the Bahamas?
You mean 6'? This will be the first year doing it with the Nordy, we'll have to watch out some places, but for the most part it's 10ft+.
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You mean 6'? This will be the first year doing it with the Nordy, we'll have to watch out some places, but for the most part it's 10ft+.
Yikes! 6' !

I remember sweating trying to get into Hope Town harbor through that narrow channel. Seem to remember it being shallow as well, but looking at the chart now I see it's supposed to be 6'.

I think I was just freaking out because I didn't know what I was doing, and because I was in an expensive rented boat...
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Yikes! 6' ! I remember sweating trying to get into Hope Town harbor through that narrow channel. Seem to remember it being shallow as well, but looking at the chart now I see it's supposed to be 6'. I think I was just freaking out because I didn't know what I was doing, and because I was in an expensive rented boat...
Yeah, when we visited last summer there was an N62 on a mooring ball in the harbor so I know we can make it, just has to be slack dead high tide.
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When in June were you thinking of going? We'll be there early June for a couple weeks then off to Eleuthera and the Exumas.
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When in June were you thinking of going? We'll be there early June for a couple weeks then off to Eleuthera and the Exumas.
June 14-28. If I can make myself pull the trigger...

As I sit here watching ice form on my used cars in SOUTH TEXAS !!
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June 14-28. If I can make myself pull the trigger...
Oh ok, where are they rented out of? Marsh?
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Yes Marsh. It would be cool to hook up.

We will be the country hicks in the very European styled catamaran drinking Corona. Quite a combination...



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Since you are more experienced try to talk them into letting you go up toward Green Turtle Cay. The Green Turtle club is good, and reat a golf cart to get all over the island. They also have mooring balls in White Sound. The best anchoring is North of Green Turtle. Manjack. Alans Pensacola, Double Breasted and several other Cays are really good.

With just a 3' 6" draft you could by playing the tides right make it through Don't Rock Channel and skip Whale Cay Passage altogether. Just be careful, and not do it with the sun in your eyes.
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Since you are more experienced try to talk them into letting you go up toward Green Turtle Cay. The Green Turtle club is good, and reat a golf cart to get all over the island. They also have mooring balls in White Sound. The best anchoring is North of Green Turtle. Manjack. Alans Pensacola, Double Breasted and several other Cays are really good.

With just a 3' 6" draft you could by playing the tides right make it through Don't Rock Channel and skip Whale Cay Passage altogether. Just be careful, and not do it with the sun in your eyes.
I agree, we anchored for a brief lunch stop at Manjack and it was beautiful! Like Don said, just be careful at don't rock passage if you do it, and make sure you have a clear sunny day. I wouldn't worry too much, because if I remember right its all sand.
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Manjack Cay

Here's a pic of my dad enjoying a microwaveable lean cuisine at anchor in Manjack cay.
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