Caribbean Sailing Vacations by Ed Hamilton

Cruise Bahamas on your own private charter yacht.
It's the only way to see many of these beautiful islands

Abacos, Exumas

Bareboat chartering is mostly limited to The Abacos. The cruising ground is smaller than The Virgins and very shallow (even a 5 foot draft can be a limitation) but the area is well protected by a reef and a chain of low lying islands. Marsh Harbor is the principal town, airport and harbor. From there you can cruise between Lynyard Cay and Treasure Cay, visiting islands such as Elbow Cay (Hope Town) and Man-O-War Cay, each with their own community, both ashore and on livaboard yachts. If the weather is settled, you can cross a short passage of open water and explore the northern part of the cruising ground to Spanish Cay. The weather is more like Florida than The Caribbean and temperatures can vary considerably, particularly in the winter when a north wind can sometimes make it too cool to sit on a beach. The best weather is generally in April / May.
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Crewed yachts normally cruise in Eleuthera, The Exumas, or The Berry Islands, but we can help you plan almost any itinerery. Once away from the towns, the islands are remote and undeveloped, with coral reefs, beautiful beaches and blissfully little else. Please give me details of suitable yachts.

Learn more about the Abacos, and The Exumas. See more pictures.

Websites for yachts based in The Bahamas and Florida:
Sailboats - Powerboats

Guidelines for arranging a Bahamas charter - what to ask:

What type of yacht should I charter? Besides a few principal channels, The Bahamas are very shallow, so draft is important and cats are popular. There are far fewer crewed yachts available so prices can be higher than comparable boats in The Caribbean. Because bareboats are mostly limited to The Abacos, the only way to explore the more remote islands is to charter a crewed yacht. This is for good reason, as parts of the cruising ground can be quite challenging particularly in unsettled weather.
The differences between a bareboat and crewed yacht charter.

Where should I start and finish my charter? The bareboat companies are based in Marsh Harbor and Hope Town, Abaco. Crewed charters can start, finish and cruise almost anywhere planes can land, but with its central location, excellent supplies and major airport, Nassau is a popular starting point. Starting the charter in Florida is not recommended, particularly for charters of less than 10 days. The Gulf Stream can be notoriously unpleasant to cross and in unsettled weather, the yacht might have to make the return passage before the end of the charter.

What does it cost? Prices for a 7 day crewed charter start around $1200 per person for a party of 4. A more luxurious yacht around 60-70 feet will average $2500 - $3000 per person. Per person prices will be lower for parties of 6 or 8.

How do I book? All boats look great on the internet, so it is important to use a broker who knows the boats and crews personally and can give you unbiased advice. The crew is generally more important than the boat, particularly on smaller charters. A good broker will ensure your money is kept in an escrow account rather than given to the boat, and can make sure you use the correct contracts etc.. We have 33 years experience in arranging charters and are based right in beautiful Wiscasset, on the Maine Coast. The next stage is to tell us what you are looking for so that we can send you a selection of yachts that fit your requirements.

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