We spent many years traveling up and down the ICW to go to the Bahamas. Our normal plan was that in October we would go from Deltaville Virginia, were we had our boat stored for the summer, down the ICW to the Bahamas, spend the winter there, and then go back up to Virgina in the spring and store the boat in Deltaville again.
Charts and Guides
For the ICW we had the waterway guides, South and Mid Atlantic. I’m not sure they are still available in the format we had. We only used them a little, almost no anchorage information but were helpful for marinas. I’m not sure we would buy them again.
Mid-Atlantic Waterway Guide
Southern Waterway Guide
For charts of the ICW we used this one not the Maptech ones (too bulky and hard to handle) ICW charts
For the Bahamas use the Explorer chartbooks (You will probably need the three, “Near Bahamas”, “Far Bahamas”, and “The Exumas”) http://www.explorercharts.com/
For the abacos I would recommend anything by Steve Dodge. He, like Steve Pavlidis, is another “anything by X is good”)Cruising Guide to the Abaco (get the latest edition of these books if these links go out of date.)
Aug 2000 Our first trip to the Bahamas
2003-2004 Going to the bahamas with company
2003 Memories of Hurricane Isabel
Winter 2004 Going South is the title but it is the whole trip.
2005-2006 Winter in the Bahamas
Photo gallery of the Abacos 2005
Photo gallery of Eleuthera 2005
Photos of the Exumas
Junkanoo- a Bahamian celebration
Bonnie and I working on the Exuma Park headquarters dock 2010