Conflicting emotions fill the early morning mist as we lift the anchor to enjoy the final sail of our spring cruise. It was supposed to be three full months of cruising, but everything from a death in the family to weather conspired against us. Still all in all, it was a good adventure – not like the days when we spent over six months anchored and never touched a dock, but everything in life evolves. And although sometimes we’re nostalgic for those days, anytime we’re lucky enough to be living on a hook away from a dock is special!
Below is a list of links for the 30+ posts recapping our cruise down Florida’s West Coast to the Florida Keys, then across the Gulf Stream to Bimini and down to the Exumas. If you’ve missed part of the adventure, or merely want to follow along, this is the post consolidating all the highlights.
One of the biggest challenges for us, even with the Explorer Charts and Exumas Cruising Guide, was trying to figure out where to leave the Keys, where to arrive in the Bahamas, where to clear in and how to get from Bimini across to Nassau and finally down to the Exumas. Because we’re a slow boat (averaging about 5 knots), most information available was not pertinent to us – apparently no one wants to talk about anchoring on the Bahama Banks for the night because you can’t go all the way in daylight. So the first link is our specific crossing information with our waypoints in hopes it might be useful to others.