These islands just north of the Bahamas render some of the best yacht charter cruising in the Caribbean. An anemometer won’t be necessary as consistent winds blow just over five knots and never gust past twenty. In just one to two (or more if you like) hours of cruising, you can visit either Great Abaco or Little Abaco or head toward Moore’s Island or Hope Town. Sailing or chartering a power yacht never has been so easy as your line-of-sight is straightforward. The trade winds will keep you happy and the sailing is mostly flat as a barrier reef keeps the water tranquil. As long as yacht charter captains pay attention to the tide in correlation with the season, you’ll have no problem navigating from sandy islands to palm-filled atolls.
A Bahamas sailing vacation promises an easygoing time aboard with fair winds year round averaging between 5 and 20 knots. They are seldom stronger unless a northerly front (a “norther”) blows through during the winter months, bringing with it fresh breezes from the northwest. Wind directions are east to southeasterly in summer and more northeasterly in winter. The Sea of Abaco is usually calm, passages are short, and the navigation is mostly line-of-sight. However, the waters are also quite shallow, making it prudent to heed the charts and to account for the tidal range, which can be as much as three feet during a full or new moon. A look at the tide tables reveals negative ranges, meaning the recorded depth at mean low water on a chart could actually be less in reality. While this portion of the Bahamas is ideal for the novice sailor and families with young children, the beauty and unique character of the Abacos also lures veteran sailors to return time after time for more adventures. Daily high temperatures range from 75°F (24°C) in January to 95°F (35°C) in August. Daytime temperatures December through February may dip as low as 60°F (15°C]
Extending for approximately 130 miles from Walker’s Cay to the tiny settlement of Hole In The Wall, The Abaco Islands are surrounded by iridescent ribbons of shimmering cobalt, emerald and turquoise water that many experienced yachtsmen consider unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Our islands offer a safer and more enjoyable cruising experience than any other Bahamian island group as a result of the Sea of Abaco’s protected waters, the relative abundance of modern marine & marina facilities, the diversity of “things to do” ashore, and the genuinely friendly residents.
In short, The Abacos are a sailing, cruising and fishing paradise with over 1,000 square miles of relatively undeveloped islands, settlements and deserted beaches [80K file – but worth it!] to explore. Reliable island cruising guides estimate the number of safe (and picturesque) “island anchorages” to be in excess of 60.
The Abacos’ extensive reef system (4th largest in the world – about 85 miles long in the Abaco segment) and the myriad offshore cays form a natural barrier against the Atlantic Ocean’s swells and “rages” and create the Sea of Abaco, one of the safest and most rewarding cruising grounds in all of the world. Ranging from 1.5 miles to over 5 miles in width, and approximately 100 miles in overall length from Little Harbour north to Walkers, this protected body of water maintains a relatively shallow depth (an average of 10-20 feet) throughout its length, thereby making for calm, safe cruising on waters among the clearest and most colorful in the world.
Tropical paradise is only a short flight away. Within hours you’ll be enjoying the turquoise waters of the Sea of Abaco and the Bahamas. Stretching 130 miles form north to south, there are dozens of pristine islands to be explored. It is smooth sailing from one picturesque spot to the other, where you’ll find snug harbors, deserted white sand beaches, and cozy Caribbean villages. Whether for a week-long tropical island tour, a day sail with the family, or a week end getaway, we have the boat to accommodate your needs. Snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, shopping, romance, fun… something for everyone is awaiting.