As we head north we are trying to sail on the shallower Exuma Banks side as much as we can so we can enjoy the beautiful colors of the water. To get from Leaf Cay to Rudder Cut Cay we were going to need to go around the Pimlico Cays which have low water depths of under 4′ (which is less than our draft). Additionally, the chart indicated that the sand shifted so it was possible it could be shallower.
After asking about it on a Facebook group we belong to, we were encouraged by our friends on S/V Duchess who had been through the area a few weeks earlier with a draft 2″ deeper than ours. High tide was in our favor so we decided to go for it, and we were glad we did. It was a nice route, and once again it boosted our confidence a bit.
Dropping the anchor at Rudder Cut Cay, we found to our delight that we had it all to ourselves. That hasn’t happened since we left the Abacos. We were a bit surprised because Rudder Cut Cay offered good protection from a strong front that was going to be passing through, but no one joined us until the day we left. Works for us!
Rudder Cut Cay is a private island owned by David Copperfield. While we weren’t allowed to walk on the beach, we were still able to enjoy one of the prettiest anchorages that we have seen on this trip.