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People are now doing it in fast powerboats in the to foot range, with small cabins for accommodations. Never compromise safety. Examples of minimum necessary safety items include:. If you break down, you may have to anchor for hours while you fix the problem or await help. Communications when boating in the Bahamas are very different from the continent. It's also very light and can be disassembled for storage and quickly reassembled for use. It contains detailed, regional safety tips, resource availability, and information on traveling between islands. Depart Miami or Ft. The boat also must be large enough and heavy enough to safely carry the equipment and supplies you'll need for the trip you plan. Used to be, when cruising the Bahamas, you would mostly see cruising sailboats, trawlers, and large yachts. You'll be traveling in open ocean, the islands are low, some anchorages will be exposed on one or more sides, and there will be potentially rough passages through reefs and cuts between islands. With the right equipment, you can get help eventually, but a lot can happen while you're waiting. Unless you have a cell phone compatible with the Bahamian system based on GSM , your cell may not work. Among the many good resources:. Cruising to the Bahamas includes crossing open ocean and boating in remote areas with reef and shoal and few, if any, reliable aids to navigation, so you need to plan well and have the right stuff. Here are a few tried-and-true itineraries, based on boats that can travel around 15 to 25 knots in relatively calm water. Next, continue to the Northern Exumas, proceeding cautiously through the reefs at the southeastern end of Nassau Harbor. Bimini's straw market opening for the day. You can also get weather when you're able to go online from NOAA and other sources. The size of your boat depends in part on what's going to be comfortable for you on the trip that you plan, how carefully you'll pick good traveling weather very carefully , and your willingness to lay over when the weather isn't good or is forecast to change for the worse. If getting online is extremely important, do so via sat phones and related equipment. However, the boat must be large enough and built well enough to handle open ocean during times when the wind and sea come up. This isn't only because of the speed but because of the effect of the powerful northerly Gulf Stream current on a slow-speed displacement hull. Good anchoring equipment is critical even if you don't plan to anchor overnight. It's possible to purchase a cell phone and airtime in the Bahamas, and to add minutes online www. But this much chain is too heavy for many smaller boats. A boat traveling around six knots will require most of the day to get from a good east Florida departure point to a safe harbor in the western Bahamas. Boats anchor behind Gun Cay to the north of Cat Cay in settled weather. You'll need to find where to switch when you reach different areas. This, in a good protected harbor, can be a highlight of any Bahamian cruise. Although a faster boat allows you to maximize shorter weather windows, take care to allow extra time. Be sure of your navigation and boat-handling skills before you go.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} An external antenna and Wi-Fi amplifier, readily available in office-supply and other stores, will help. However, June 1 to November 1 is hurricane season and there's much less protection and help in the Bahamas than you might find at home. Reception of the weather broadcasts on a VHF weather channel fades as you travel farther from the U. Whether you're in very deep water or traveling over the shallow Bahamas banks, you'll find yourself dealing with issues quite different from what you've encountered while boating stateside, and you'll be beyond our safety nets. VHF radios are very helpful in communicating with other boats and shoreside stations in the Bahamas, but there may be legs of a trip when you'll be outside the range of any land-based VHFs. For more information on marinas, boating facilities, and areas potentially affected by Hurricane Irene, contact the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism below. Listen daily for tropical reports and get back to the States quickly if anything is developing. No one anchor will serve well in all types of bottoms. Anchorage at Allen's Cay, Northern Exumas. Usually you can pick up these channels in the Bimini Chain, Freeport, or West End areas, where you'll probably be staging your trip back across. Then head for Nassau, around 40 miles across the Tongue of the Ocean. We've had many calm crossing days, but this area between Florida and the western Bahamas can be more extreme, particularly if the wind is, or has recently been, from the north. While some equate the Bahamas with Nassau or Freeport, boater's dreams tend to be of islands a bit farther off. Most people prefer some cabin accommodations to give the option of anchoring out when they choose. Having the entire system work all the time is a lot to expect in the Bahamas. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}The western islands of the Bahamas are only 50 miles from Florida's east coast. But even if you do have a compatible phone, you may be beyond reach of towers much of the time. A dinghy would be especially helpful in the marinas here. Second best is a combination of chain and nylon rode. In a search for Wi-Fi and pink sand, this couple discovers the backstory of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A boat traveling on plane at around 25 knots can reach the western islands of the Bahamas in a couple of hours and perhaps Marsh Harbor or Nassau in a day. But weather for the Gulf Stream crossing is very important. Speed is an important factor. They're doing it in beefy center consoles, stopping at resorts overnight. You won't believe the beauty of the Gulf Stream. Well, things have changed. There are also different types of subscription weather services offering you custom details about your trip, including Chris Parker's services www. Two different anchors are recommended, so that you have a better chance of holding depending on the bottom. Winter trips will generally involve stronger winds with cold fronts. After a short run of approximately 50 miles, stop at a marina in Bimini or Cat Cay, or continue on to the marina at Chub Cay 80 miles farther. They're even trailering their rigs to south Florida to make this trip. Boats built to make offshore fishing trips often make good Bahamas boats. This boat may need several days of good weather to reach the Hub of The Abacos, more to reach the northern Exumas. Many hot spots connect via satellite. An all-chain rode with a nylon snubbing line provides excellent holding power in soft Bahamas sand. An all-chain rode is good because chain won't be cut by rock or debris on the bottom and its weight helps the anchor to hold. Boaters will find Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the Bahamas. There are also many areas of heavy grass and hard rock or reef bottom that are poor at holding. Hub of The Abacos nautical miles, round trip : This takes you to a destination that has more of the treats of civilization than outlying areas. A single-sideband radio SSB or ham set can be very helpful, but the money, space, and qualification process for ham probably won't be worth it for a short trip. The more chain rigged between the anchor and the nylon, the better, as long as it doesn't add too much weight. However, in many heavily settled areas such as Nassau, the Hub of The Abacos, the Exumas, and Georgetown, local organizations or volunteers will broadcast weather information on VHF channels every morning. Before you go, read current guidebooks and resources on the Bahamas and you'll be safer, limit your problems, and have more fun. Summer trips, often favored by south Florida regulars, are more likely to bring days of relatively calm waters. A satellite phone, though pricy, is a surer bet; you can rent phones and buy trip-time plans from vendors such as OCENS. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism P. You can get online with Wi-Fi in many marinas and villages; however, don't expect the same reliability as back home. Nassau is urban, with the inherent challenges. Center consoles built for blue-water fishing are also popular in the Bahamas, if you're into roughing it or plan to stop at resort marinas. Depending upon your boat size and windage, and your physical fitness, a windlass can be very helpful. There are numerous marinas and anchorages in this area, as well as interesting museums, shopping, and restaurants. Colorful bougainville is found throughout the Bahamas. The famous artists' colony founded by Randolph Johnston at Little Harbour is 15 miles farther south. With a bit of prep and planning, you can get there even in a modest-sized boat. Northern Exumas nautical miles, round trip : This takes you to a very beautiful out-island destination, sparsely civilized but well traveled. Bahamian inlets and cuts between islands are often unmarked, and challenging if there's an onshore swell. For information on marinas visit their website. He and his wife Mel and their two daughters lived aboard and cruised the Bahamas for almost two decades. 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