Navigating The DEVIL’S BACKBONE Without a Pilot!!

Just north of Eleuthera is a treacherous channel known as the Devil’s Backbone…full of coral and shifting sand, making it a dangerous place to navigate.

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This had been on my list of places I wanted to sail ever since reading about Bumfuzzle’s passage through in 2004. It is recommended you hire a pilot (at $100 each way) to help you get through if it is your first time, but we wanted to see if we could make it through on our own.

Since the Devil’s Backbone drops out at Harbour Island (a very elite spot of Eleuthera), there are plenty of mega yachts transiting this path each day. And since these mega yachts also transmit their position on AIS, we were able to mark a path on our chart plotter, mapping exactly where they had been so we could follow the same route.

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Our boat: 1983 Trisalu 37 (custom aluminum, built in Quebec)

Where we’ve been: 2.5 year refit in Indiantown, Florida; Abacos, Bahamas; St. Barth’s; St. Maarten; Antigua

Where we’re going in 2018: Saba – Azores – Ireland – UK

Our Previous Boat: 1989 Sabre 34 Targa (Serendipity)

Where We Sailed Her: U.S. – Bahamas – Jamaica – Cuba – Cayman Islands – Honduras – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – Bermuda – Azores – Madeira – Canary Islands – Sint Maarten – BVI’s – USVI’s


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– Shure VP83F shotgun microphone –
– Sony HDRCX675 –
– Rode VideoMicro microphone –
– SJ CAM SJ6 Action Cam –

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