Cruising Miami to the Bahamas

For CW associate editor Jen Brett, a February sojourn to the Bahamas on a new Nautitech 542 catamaran offered a respite from the New England snow.

Nautitech 542

The Nautitech 542, Greenboat 1, at Strictly Sail Miami, February 2013.David Gillespie

Nautitech 542 at the Miami boat show

Greenboat 1, a Nautitech 542, at the Miami boat show. The iconic Freedom Tower is lit in red in the background.David Gillespie

Leaving Miami

Leaving the Port of Miami- heading to the Bahamas!David Gillespie

Leaving Miami behind

Captain Jesse Brett and first mate Amanda are at the helm as we leave Miami in our wake.Jen Brett

Route planning

Captain Jesse Brett plans our route to the Bahamas.Jen Brett

Crossing the Gulf Stream

Splashing across the Gulf Stream.Jen Brett

Charts

Crew member, and CW ad sales rep, David Gillespie plots our position on the chart.Jen Brett

Bahamas Northwest Channel marker

A classic "marker" in the Bahamas. Can't see it? There's a piling - what's left of the Northwest Channel Light - in the middle of the picture that marks the reef as you get off of the Great Bahama Banks and approach the Berry Islands.Jen Brett

Mahi-Mahi

Crew mate James Finan has fish filet duty. This lovely mahi-mahi was our first sizable catch, which happened just as we reached deeper water off of the Bahama Banks.Jen Brett

Sunset Green Cay

A gorgeous sunset for our first night at anchor off of tiny Green Cay, which lies just north of Rose Island, near Nassau.Jen Brett

Captain Ron

What could be better than watching Captain Ron projected onto a big screen in the cockpit?Jen Brett

Morning view through the port

My morning view from my aft cabin. Just lovely!Jen Brett

Breakfast aboard

Crew mate Jacob Rocker whips up a fine breakfast.Jen Brett

Jen Brett sailing

Jen Brett (that's me!) enjoying a fine day under way to the Exumas.James Finan

Bahamas cruising

David and Jacob chat on the foredeck en route to the Exumas.Jen Brett

David crossing Yellow Bank

David and James spot coral heads while crossing the Yellow Bank.Jen Brett

Jacob napping trampoline

Jacob finds the perfect napping spot.Jen Brett

Trampoline jumping

James showing off his acrobatic side-- they're not called tampolines for nothing!David Gillespie

Cruising boats anchored at Norman's Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

Cruising boats anchored off Norman's Cay, Exumas, Bahamas.David Gillespie

Ribs on the grill at Normans Cay

Jen, Amanda, Jesse, and Jacob enjoy ribs off the grill while anchored at Norman's Cay, Exumas, Bahamas.David Gillespie

Approaching George Town, Bahamas

Amanda and Jacob help to spot our way through Elizabeth Harbour to George Town, Bahamas.Jen Brett

George Town, Bahamas

A church in George Town, Bahamas.David Gillespie

View from George Town, Bahamas

Gorgeous view from George Town, Bahamas.David Gillespie

Eddie's Edgewater, George Town, Bahamas

Eddie's Edgewater, George Town, Bahamas, is a great place to hear Bahamian music.David Gillespie

George Town, Bahamas

Where to next?David Gillespie

Dinghy dock in George Town, Bahamas

The dinghy dock behind the Exuma Market is a popular meeting place for cruisers in George Town.Jen Brett

George Town, Bahamas

A perfect day in George Town, Bahamas.David Gillespie