Shearwater - Sail the Abacos

Cruising Grounds

SHEARWATERS principle cruising area is the Sea of Abaco, a body of water in the Northern Bahamas that is well protected by reefs and a chain of low lying islands on one side, and the larger island of Great Abaco on the other. Some of the best cruising grounds here are very shallow (even a 5 foot draft can be a limitation) however, this does not pose a problem for SHEARWATER as her draft is 4'3" which makes it possible to go where many other boats have limitations.

Abaco is affectionately dubbed as "the sailing capital of the world" Abaco comprises Great Abaco, Little Abaco and many surrounding Cays often uninhabited spread out over 120 miles. Located in the Northern most part of the Bahamas it is the country's second-largest and third-most frequently visited Island. The 5 inhabited Cays of major importance are Walkers Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Elbow Cay and Marsh Harbor.

Marsh Harbor is the principal town, also dubbed Abacos "city" and offers all the modern amenities including an International airport, a large harbor and even a famous traffic light - the only one in the Abacos.

Once you arrive at the airport it is a short taxi ride to the ferry dock where we will pick you up. From there we can cruise between Guana Cay and Treasure Cay, as well as visit Islands such as Elbow Cay (Hope Town), and Man-O-War Cay, all with their own Settlements. Or if you prefer seclusion and uninhabited Islands we can show you the best of both. Once away from the towns, the Islands are remote and undeveloped, with coral reefs, beaches and little else but sunning, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, or just relaxing.

If the weather is cooperative and time permits we can cross a short passage of open water and explore the Northern part of the Abaco cruising grounds.