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  • Bahamas Chatter: Entrance into the pond at Normans

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    Bahamas Chatter: Entrance into the pond at Normans

    Entrance into the pond at Normans
    Posted: 22 Jan 2017 04:53 AM PST
    Does anyone know, if the inside entrance over the sand bar, will still carry 6 feet at high water? This is inside the rocks into the pond at Normans, and not the normal anchorage area of the dock. DenO

  • Bahamas Chatter: Old Bahama Bay

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    Bahamas Chatter: Old Bahama Bay
    Old Bahama Bay
    Posted: 19 Jan 2017 04:25 AM PST
    Although Hurricane Matthew hit Grand Bahama with a wallop, Old Bahama Bay Marina is able to accommodate traveling yachts. Electricity at the slips is not yet restored, but there is fuel, water, an excellent restaurant, and dockage at the reduced rate of $1/ft. The dockmaster brings Customs forms right to your slip, so clearing in is easy.

  • Winter Carnival at Staniel Yacht Club, Exumas, Bahamas

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    Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests and word of such exceptional service for cruisers spreads like a wind driven wild fire. A loyal SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Staniel Cay Yacht Club offers an exciting end-of-year schedule of events!

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  • Bahamas Chatter: QUESTIONABLE FUEL MEASUREMENTS IN BAHAMAS

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    Bahamas Chatter: QUESTIONABLE FUEL MEASUREMENTS IN BAHAMAS

    QUESTIONABLE FUEL MEASUREMENTS IN BAHAMAS
    Posted: 23 Dec 2016 12:16 PM PST
    NOTE TO CRUISERS: Based on the article below, it is a good idea to verify that you are getting the amount of fuel that you pay for in the Bahamas. Please post on the Chatter any discrepancies you find. Read More!

    Excerpts of article By NEIL HARTNELL
    Tribune Business Editor

    Sir Franklyn Wilson yesterday said he was “shocked” and “amazed” by assertions from a Government regulator that consumers are being short-changed at 50 per cent of the Bahamas’ gasoline pumps.

    The FOCOL Holdings chairman said he was unaware of the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) findings, but emphasised that neither his firm – nor any other oil industry player – would seek to deliberately cheat the Bahamian public.

    “I couldn’t agree more; you should get what you pay for. There’s certainly no intent from us other than for people to get what they paid for,” he told Tribune Business.”

    Dr Ferguson-Bufford gave little insight into her findings at last week’s conference other than the headline ‘50 per cent’ figure, and there was no mention of the gas stations and companies where consumers were not receiving the volume of gasoline they were paying for.

    Disclosing the Bureau’s ‘rip-off’ findings, she said an inspection of fuel stations by the Bureau had found only half of the pumps measured volumes accurately.

    “We have three major service providers, and we’re talking about all of them; we’re not targeting one over the other. We found issues with all of them. We have work to do. We found deficiencies.”

    “We spoke to them, and they got their technicians to deal with the issue right away. You should get what you pay for.”

    The Bahamas has three major fuel providers – Sol Petroleum/Esso (Bahamas); Rubis/Texaco (Bahamas) and Freeport Oil Company (FOCOL)/ Shell.
    The oil/gasoline industry has subsequently been tight-lipped on the Bureau’s findings, with retail dealers contacted by Tribune Business referring this newspaper to their supplier head offices.

  • Bahamas Chatter: West End Customs

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    Bahamas Chatter: West End Customs

    West End Customs
    Posted: 20 Dec 2016 05:08 AM PST
    Has the customs and immigration office reopened at the West End?…thank you

  • Bahamas Chatter: West End Old Bahama Bay

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: West End Old Bahama Bay
    West End Old Bahama Bay
    Posted: 19 Dec 2016 11:04 AM PST
    Passing thru Old Bahama Bay in the next few weeks. Last update was no water,electric, but docks OK. Any update from boaters who have stayed? Thanks, Jimmy

  • Bahamas Chatter: Chub Cay

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    Bahamas Chatter: Chub Cay
    Chub Cay
    Posted: 18 Dec 2016 10:09 AM PST
    FYI Chub Cay Marina closed until sometime 2017. NO CUSTOMS CLEARANCE in Chub Cay.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Submitting Bahamas Chatter posts via email

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Submitting Bahamas Chatter posts via email
    Submitting Bahamas Chatter posts via email
    Posted: 16 Dec 2016 08:20 AM PST
    Hello cruisers!
    For those new to the group, we welcome your comments and posts! We offer two ways to post to accommodate your needs. Read More

    1. Go directly to chatter.explorercharts.com and post or comment from the web.

    2. Cruisers can now comment directly from email. Once you subscribe to the group, please email info@explorercharts.com and request permission to post to Bahamas Chatter via email. Your forum membership will be changed to “author” status at which point you can post or comment directly by sending your message to chatter@explorercharts.com.

    Thanks for your participation in this great group of cruisers willing and ready to share ideas and experiences!
    Kate Fears

  • Bahamas Chatter: T-mobil in Bahamas?

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: T-mobil in Bahamas?
    T-mobil in Bahamas?
    Posted: 15 Dec 2016 01:17 PM PST
    hi all,

    is anyone using their usa t-mobil data plan in bahamas? if so, is performance adequate for email, weather (windfinder), facebook, etc?

    john (duetto)

  • Bahamas Chatter: Moorings at Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Moorings at Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra
    Moorings at Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra
    Posted: 07 Dec 2016 04:05 AM PST
    Friends report on arrival in Hatchett Bay they received a vhf call from Francis Porch that the moorings were no longer safe to use.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Association of Bahamas Marinas make docking more expensive” plus 2 more

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: “Association of Bahamas Marinas make docking more expensive” plus 2 more
    Association of Bahamas Marinas make docking more expensive
    New Fuel and Dockage Survey, November 26, 2016
    Current status of Customs and Immigration on Andros
    Association of Bahamas Marinas make docking more expensive Read More

    Posted: 26 Nov 2016 08:29 AM PST
    In conducting the latest fuel and dockage survey, we found a new expense being charged by some marinas. Two of the marinas we contacted, Treasure Cay Marina and Valentines Marina, advised that their dockage rates were subject to an additional levy of 2% to go to the Association of Bahamas Marinas. At this time it is unknown if all of the 30 member marinas will levying this fee.

    New Fuel and Dockage Survey, November 26, 2016
    Posted: 26 Nov 2016 07:47 AM PST
    Fuel prices were mixed, some up, some down. Some marinas are still repairing hurricane damge. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com. Click on Fuel and Dockage prices in the menu on the left side of the home page.
    As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us of any changes in prices from the date of this survey. Send an email to monty@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find until the next survey.

    Current status of Customs and Immigration on Andros
    Posted: 26 Nov 2016 03:50 AM PST
    Does anyone know if it is currently possible for a cruising boat to check into the Bahamas on Andros? If so, any recommendations as to where are appreciated.
    Mark

  • Asking for Crossing Advice on Punta Gorda to the Bahamas

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits. Monty and Sara Lewis are well known in this area for their personal research and reporting.  Responding to an earlier Bahamas Chatter, Skipper Grant is asking for your advice in routing this passage/crossing.

    Hi I am wanting to cruise from Punta Gorda to the Bahamas in early February 2017 somewhere around the 7th.
    I have a Bayliner 4588 so will be cuising at 8 to 9 knots.
    I am presently in Australia and will be in Punta Gorda on the 2nd of February If anyone wishing to cruise as a Buddy Boat or a group of boats Please contact me on Email ( directfire.billings@gmail.com).
    Cheers and Happy Boating
    Grant Billings

  • Bahamas Chatter: Changed water depth after Mathew?

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Changed water depth after Mathew?
    Changed water depth after Mathew?
    Posted: 20 Nov 2016 04:08 PM PST
    Has anybody information about changed water depth after Mathew in any area of the Bahamas, especially on the route Memory Rock-Crab Cay?

  • Bahamas Chatter: The end of sport fishing

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: The end of sport fishing
    The end of sport fishing
    Posted: 19 Nov 2016 04:52 AM PST
    The following is an article from The Florida Times-Union: Florida wildlife officials expressed concern Wednesday the government of the Bahamas is in talks with China to split fishing rights in waters east of Florida. Read More

    State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley said the potential deal, as reported, could impact Florida’s commercial and sport-fishing industries.

    “China, their interests in this, would get exclusive access to fisheries in Bahamian waters,” Wiley said. “A lot of people may not realize this, but the boundary between the United States waters and Bahamian waters is still in dispute. It’s still not been clarified, so that further makes this an issue. The government of the Bahamas hasn’t released details of the negotiations.

    The Nassau Guardian newspaper has reported that the government of the Bahamas has given the green light to its embassy in Beijing to pursue agricultural and fishing partnerships with China. The proposal reportedly could bring $2.1 billion in cash, along with agricultural and farming equipment, into the Bahamian economy, over 10 years.

    The proposal by the Bahamian government, according to the Guardian, states: “While realization of a reasonable return on an investment in agriculture is a relatively slow process, requiring substantial capitalization over many years, participating companies in the initiative will within months of commencement of operations realize positive cash flow from the sale of seafood.”

    Under the reported terms of the deal, the government would lease to 100 companies — each jointly owned by Chinese and Bahamians shareholders — 10,000 acres in Andros Island, along with fishing licenses.

    “It is anticipated that the agricultural products and the seafood will be used either for local consumption or will be exported to China or the U.S.A. for sale,” the proposal says. “The management of participating companies will resolve to do what is in their best interest.”

    Commercial fishing for conch, lobster, snapper and grouper are mainstays of the Andros Island’s economy. However, the indication is that the Chinese firms want to target dolphin, kingfish, marlin, tuna and wahoo.

    Wiley said the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reached out to the government of the Bahamas for additional details.

    “It’s something we really need to figure out what is going on. We really don’t understand it yet,” said Commissioner Robert Spottswood, the president of a Key West real-estate development company. “But the potential impact for us in the Keys, in Florida and for the U.S., of the Chinese government getting involved in fishing in the Bahamas could certainly affect the balance of what is going on in fisheries in South Florida.”

  • Bahamas Chatter: New marina in Spanish Wells…

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: New marina in Spanish Wells…
    New marina in Spanish Wells…
    Posted: 12 Nov 2016 04:08 AM PST
    Just wondering if anyone has any reviews, and also pricing for the new Yacht Haven Marina in Spanish Wells?
    DenO

  • Bahamas Chatter: Chub Cay Marina remains closed

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Chub Cay Marina remains closed
    Chub Cay Marina remains closed
    Posted: 02 Nov 2016 04:43 AM PDT
    CHUB CAY, The Berry Islands, The Bahamas — After viewing the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew on Chub Cay, Minister with responsibility for Hurricane Relief and Restoration the Hon. Shane Gibson pointed out, on October 31, 2016 that Chub Cay’s damage affects residents of North Andros, many of whom are still attempting to restore their lives after the Hurricane’s onslaught on that nearby island. Read More

    He explained that with the resort at Chub Cay now closed, persons who worked on the operational side were no longer on the job — unless they were able to work on construction and maintenance.

    He described it as in fact “a double blow” for those who worked on Chub Cay, and came from Lowe Sound.

    Minister Gibson led a small team to the island to view the damage and the work done by the property to address and rectify any issues. He said that it was his first visit to Chub Cay and he was very impressed by the property and the restoration efforts that are already full swing. Minister Gibson also related what he saw during the tour of the property.

    “When you look at the homes that were impacted, obviously it is going to be a while before they get back to some sense of normalcy again…. Quite a number of the homes have some damage to them. The marina is closed right now, which is really preventing them from having their normal operations,” Minister Gibson related. “When you look around and see the kind of damage that they have, I think they estimate that they have four or five million dollars in total.”

    Minister Gibson met a number of Bahamians who were working on the restoration and construction process, as well as being guided through work being done by a subcontractor, Jones Industrial Maintenance, by the company’s CEO Kristan Jones.

    He noted that it appeared to him, the biggest challenge the property will have is getting the company that normally repairs the marina to schedule them in — considering that a number of marinas in The Bahamas and the Southeastern US seaboard where affected by Hurricane Matthew.

    Minister Gibson also pointed out that a number of the homes were insured and that the adjustors had already viewed them. The ones that were not insured belonged to high-income owners who would probably address that issue personally, he noted.

    When asked about government assistance being considered in the restoration effort, Minister Gibson quickly pointed out, “they are operating 100 percent independent of us.”

    He added that some benefit has come to the employees with respect to restoration in that a number of high net worth persons, who own homes at Chub Cay, have already begun repairing accommodations of a number of the employees.

    However, Minister Gibson’s thoughts were again on the residents of Lowe Sound, who cannot work on Chub Cay until the repairs and restorations are completed.

    “Some of them are not able to work now because the resort is closed and, of course, for most them, they lost all of their belongings,” he said quietly.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage
    Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage
    Posted: 31 Oct 2016 08:31 AM PDT
    Thanks to Dennis Baut for sending us these photos of damage at the Ocean Reef Marina on Grand Bahama.

    Click link above for photos.

  • Visit Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Exumas, Bahamas at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests and word of such exceptional service for cruisers spreads like a wind driven wild fire. A loyal SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Staniel Cay Yacht Club can be sampled at their booth at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show!

    Like No Other Place On Earth.
    Come get a taste of SCYC at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show!
    November 3rd – November 7th

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    Bahia Mar/A1A Entrance Tent, Booth 174
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    Come visit us at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and see why your next trip should be to SCYC!

    If you’ve never been before, we’d love to introduce you to the unique and incredible vacation that can only be found at Staniel Cay Yacht Club. If you HAVE been before, we’d love to welcome you back!

  • Bahamas Chatter: Bahamas Update after Hurricane Matthew

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Bahamas Update after Hurricane Matthew
    Bahamas Update after Hurricane Matthew
    Posted: 29 Oct 2016 06:44 AM PDT
    October 28, 2016

    Most of the hurricane damage was on Andros, Berry Islands, Grand Bahama, and Nassau on New Providence. In the other islands, damage was slight or nil. Read More!

    We were unable to contact a number of marinas, probably due to the phone lines not yet being repaired, particularly in the Berrys and Grand Bahama. We would appreciate it if our subscribers send us any current information so that we can share it with the larger Bahamas Chatter group.
    In our recent fuel survey, rates were in general up, rather than down, but not by much.

    NEAR BAHAMAS

    Bimini sources report that another cruise ship operation is coming to the island. Details are unconfirmed at this point.
    Albany Marina on New Providence is closed for repairs and set to open November 1, 2016. There was a considerable amount of damage from the hurricane.

    We were unable to contact the Berry Islands Club, Chub Cay Club, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Man o War Marina, Port Lucaya, and Spanish Cay for an update on the hurricane. All other marinas in the area are open.

    Brown’s Boat Basin had some damage to their docks but are open.

    Great Harbour Cay Marina is open but the phones are not working yet. There are a lot of trees down over wires. Also Steve Johnson is the new manager there.

    Knowles Marine Yacht Services with minimal damage. However, there is a boulder partially in the entrance channel. There is room to pass by. Hopefully, it will be removed soon.

    Leeward Yacht Club is making renovations to their dock.

    Nassau Harbour Club had some dock damage but they are open.

    Old Bahama Bay is open and are taking relief supplies for the village of West End. No water, electricity or phone and they can’t take credit cards or pump fuel.

    Palm Cay Marina has several channel markers missing. Although there was damage to the beach, the marina is fully operational.

    EXUMAS

    In Elizabeth Harbour, there were some boats that sank in the hurricane holes, but they have been pulled up. The reported fire at Exuma Market was minor and the damage has been repaired.

    Exuma Yacht Club had extensive damage to the piers. They can accommodate only about three boats, yet they are able to fuel boats.

    We were unable to contact Farmers Cay Yacht Club.

    Highbourne Cay Marina is open with no damage.

    FAR BAHAMAS

    Davis Harbour Marina had some damage and they are currently dredging the channel. They are open.

    No damage at Flying Fish Marina.

    Long Island Petroleum fuel dock had no damage, but the fuel pump had to be moved to land and has not been relocated at the dock. They can pump fuel from the truck.

    We were unable to contact Harbour Island Marina and Stella Maris Marina. All other marinas and fuel services in this area are open with no damage.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New Fuel and Dockage Survey, October 28, 2016

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: New Fuel and Dockage Survey, October 28, 2016
    New Fuel and Dockage Survey, October 28, 2016
    Posted: 28 Oct 2016 01:55 PM PDT
    More fuel prices up than down. Some marinas are repairing hurricane damage. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com. Click on Fuel and Dockage prices in the menu on the left side of the home page.

    As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us of any changes in prices from the date of this survey. Send an email to monty@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find until the next survey.

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