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Bahamas Anchorages

Their is generally great holding in the bahamas. The exumas can have scoured bottom and lots of surge.




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Our to 5 Bahamas Anchorages are:


This is a virtually impossible task to narrow down all the anchorages in the Bahamas to a Top 5. The Bahamas are a cruisers paradise.


The Abacos

This amazing chain of islands are a cruising paradise due to the ability to tuck behind numerous little island for protection from virtually any wind direction.


Their are a few beautiful deserted islands where you can anchor less then 100 yards off shore. I found myself swiming into most beaches. You can anchor that close.


Eleuthera

Is one massive east facing protected anchorage (at least the first 3/4 of the island). The waters are shallow and have a mixture of sandy and scoured groung. Holding is generally variable. Make sure to dive you anchor anywhere in Eleuthera to make sure their is some sand over it.


Exuma

Their is much better holding then Eleuthera since the bottom is always sandy. The one drawback is that most of the time when you tuck behind these little Cays their is significant surge.


This will cause you boat to move all over the place. Their were many times while anchored in the exumas that i found my stearn to the wind. It was very worrysome at first. All you have to do is anchor into the wind like you normally would and make sure your dug it. I spent most of my time spinning over my anchor. Beware of your anchor rode getting fowled up on your keel of prop.


Long Island

At the very south end of the island on the west side by Gordons their is a great anchorage protected by a reef. Long Island has some of the toughest sea's to navigate in the Caribbean. I've had to bailout their a few times when the east wind picks up you get a washer machine effect in the ocean that can rreck you into the shore if your not careful.


Once you have made it around the corner the bay should be totally calm. The beach is nearly perfect. The swell breaking on the reef is a perfect indicator of the conditions outside the bay. Once the swell dies down on the reef your good to go.


Mayaguana

Abraham's Bay will be your port of enrty anchorage if you are entering the Bahamas from the south. This is a very well protected anchorage. Their is a massive reef at the font of the harbor that streatches nearly 5 miles. The Bay itself is almost 1.5 miles wide so it can get wind driven white caps on it.


The further you anchor out to the south west the less dicey it is. Their are lots of shallow rocks and coral heads just a few feet below the surface. Enter only at the south west end. Don't ever try to be a hero by going through the narrow north east pass just to save some time during your dinghy trip.