No matter how many times we go to the
Bahamas, we cannot wait to return. Its pristine beauty never ceases
to amaze us. Like many cruisers, we have our favorite routes and
favorite islands. Also like many cruisers, our favorite way to truly
sample the flavors of the Bahamas is finding those perfect spots to
anchor. Anchoring in the Bahamas offers some unique challenges that
aren’t often encountered cruising inland coastal waters. Bottom
conditions can range from excellent in sand to very difficult in
scoured-out rocky channels. Some of the most problematic bottom
conditions will be heavy grass and thin layers of sand over a rock
base. Heavy grass tends to foul the anchor, and thin sand over rock
doesn’t give the anchor a chance to dig in. We have found generally
good holding in most of the anchorages we have visited on our trips
that have covered from the Abacos, to the out islands, to the extreme
southern islands. We have also encountered some of the more
problematic conditions firsthand. Anchoring close to a cut or a break
in a Cay can result in a very rolly anchorage.
Susan and I are available for vessel deliveries, instructions or special events for either power or sail. I am a USCG licensed Captain and we both have decades of experience on both sail and power vessels of all sizes and configurations. In addition, I am a certified marine electronics tech with over 35 years experience with marine electrical and electronics systems. References are available on request and charges are very competitive. Contact can be made via the comments icon at the bottom of any of the posts. Fair Winds.
Susan and I are both long time sailors with tens of thousands of miles under our keels spanning the US east and west coast, Bahamas, Caribbean, Central Atlantic, and US Gulf Coast. We have been freelance writers for major boating publications, including Bluewater Sailing, Soundings Magazine, Sail Magazine, Southern Boating, Lats and Atts, MarinaLife Magazine, Nor' Easter, Good Old Boat, Living Aboard Magazine and a host of internet sites. We have spent over 17 years living aboard and cruising our Mariner 40 ketch, Sea Trek. In the not to distant past, we sold her and after much soul searching decided a change in lifestyle and scenery was in order so the search was on for a new boat. We knew a trawler was in our future and after doing a lot of research and looking at a lot of boats we found a very well cared for 1980 Marine Trader 34. We have named her Beach House for Susan's love of the beach and the hopes that the view from our new house will always be pleasant. Our plans are to continue our lifestyle and to change our cruising grounds a bit and visit those inland lakes and rivers we never could with our sailboat.