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  • Bahamas Chatter: West end bound

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    Bahamas Chatter: West end bound
    West end bound
    Posted: 25 Jun 2016 06:07 PM PDT
    Getting geared up for a crossing to west end from east coast fla – Jupiter/ Stuart/ wpb tbd possibly as early as the first week of July to mid month to be in Hopetown by the last week of July. Looking for any buddy boats and or weather links/ recommendations. 41′ american tug 4’10” draft cruising 10+ knots thanks Hooty Hoo II

  • Bahamas Chatter: New Fuel Dock in Long Island

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    Bahamas Chatter: New Fuel Dock in Long Island

    New Fuel Dock in Long Island
    Posted: 20 Jun 2016 04:33 AM PDT
    Long Island Petroleum in Salt Pond has rebuilt their fuel dock, which was destroyed in Hurricane Joaquin. It is a sturdy, long dock along the shoreline and will give yachtsmen easy access to fuel. The area in front of the dock has been dredged so it is deeper than indicated on the chart.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey, June 18

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    Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey, June 18

    New fuel and dockage survey, June 18
    Posted: 18 Jun 2016 06:19 AM PDT
    Fuel prices were up in this months survey with the exception of four marinas having slightly lower diesel prices and only one of them with a lower gasoline price. Lyford Cay lowered dockage to $4.50 and Treasure Cay raised moorings to $30 and now charges $20 to anchor in the harbour.

    Long Island Petroleum has completed a new fuel dock with deeper access.

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: Crossing to Bimini

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    Bahamas Chatter: Crossing to Bimini
    Crossing to Bimini
    Posted: 14 Jun 2016 04:21 AM PDT
    Looking for boating buddy to cross to Bimini July 8th. Return date is flexible.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Buddy Boat for Crossing Gulf Stream

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    Bahamas Chatter: Buddy Boat for Crossing Gulf Stream
    Buddy Boat for Crossing Gulf Stream
    Posted: 07 Jun 2016 05:21 AM PDT
    Greetings
    Leaving Fowley Rocks (Miami Area) for Bimini on 6-19, weather permitting, on to Chub Cay, continuing to Black Point Exuma. returning on 6-28. Would love to have a buddy boat for all or some of the legs. Cruising speed of 30 Knots in 2′ or less. In a 26′ center console.
    Thanks,
    Joe

  • Bahamas Chatter: Help

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    Bahamas Chatter: Help
    Help
    Posted: 05 Jun 2016 02:22 PM PDT
    Good day all. Planning trip from Grand Bahama to Acklins. Is there a known channel between the southern tip of the tongue of the ocean to the crooked island passage, for vessel drawing 15′ water? Thanking in advance.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Bird Rock light restored

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    Bahamas Chatter: Bird Rock light restored
    Bird Rock light restored
    Posted: 02 Jun 2016 04:18 AM PDT
    NOTICE TO MARINERS

    (RBDF MAY 30th, 2016) The Aids to Navigation Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise mariners that the automatic light at Bird Rock Lighthouse, off Pitt’s Town, Crooked Island has been relit.

    The light at Bird Rock is situated at Latitude 22° 50.7’N and Longitude 74° 21.6’W (Charts ACK 1 and ACK 2, pages 57 and 58 Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas, Sixth Edition).

    Any discrepancies with this or any navigational aid should be reported to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force at telephone number 362-4436 or by e-mail at aton@rbdf.gov.bs (For further information contact the RBDF Public Relations Department)

    This aid was fixed on 30th May 2016 after being extinguished for some time. Technicians found evidence of vandalism, as the main cable from the batteries was severed by a sharp object and six of the eight solar panels were removed. The cable was reconnected and the technicians had to make do with the remaining two panels. These southern lighthouses are plagued by this sort of thing, rendering the aid extinguished.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New species of snake found on Conception Island

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    Bahamas Chatter: New species of snake found on Conception Island
    New species of snake found on Conception Island
    Posted: 31 May 2016 10:47 AM PDT
    (from an article in the National Geographic published May 26, 2016)
    On an uninhabited island in the southern Bahamas, a scientist noticed a snake that shined like metal as it climbed a tree.
    “We all came to take a look at it, and it was instantly clear that this was something different,” says biologist R. Graham Reynolds, part of the scientific team exploring the remote islands.
    Expedition member Alberto Puente-Rolón, an expert on Caribbean boas, agreed that the animal appeared unlike any species of known boa.
    So the team went searching for more boas, finding four more snakes before settling down to sleep on the beach at Conception Island. But it turns out the boas weren’t ready to call it a night. (See “Extremely Rare Fishing Snakes Discovered.”)
    “Sometime around 3:30 in the morning, I woke up to something crawling across my face,” says Reynolds, now a biologist at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
    Another silver boa had come down from the forest and crawled right over him as he slept. They’d located their sixth specimen, and DNA analyses back at the lab confirmed the snake was a new species.
    The scientists named the Conception Bank silver boa (Chilabothrus argentum), based on both its color and the fact it was first found on an aptly named silver palm tree. A study on the species appeared in the journal Breviora.

  • Bahamas Chatter: AIDS to Navigation Update

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    Bahamas Chatter: AIDS to Navigation Update
    AIDS to Navigation Update
    Posted: 25 May 2016 07:53 AM PDT
    NOTICE TO MARINERS

    (RBDF MAY 25th, 2016) The Aids to Navigation Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise mariners that the Entrance Lights and Range Lights in the harbour at Driggs Hill, South Andros, have been serviced and relit.

    Any discrepancies with this or any navigational aid should be reported to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force at telephone number 362-3091, 362-4436 or by e-mail at aton@rbdf.gov.bs

    Regards

    Richard Pratt

    Royal Bahamas Defence Force

  • Bahamas Update: Berry Islands & Exumas by Greg Allard

    Bahamas Update: Berry Islands & Exumas
    by Greg Allard

    Great Harbour Cay, the Berry Islands:
    a) The biggest news from Great Harbour Cay is that the island now has a full time doctor. Dr. Allan Cho is from the Philippines, with a specialty in Emergency Medicine. We met him and toured the clinic. Apparently the Bahamian government has hired full time physicians for several of the out islands. Cruisers are welcome to receive treatment at the clinic: the cost for non-Bahamians is $30 a visit. The clinic does basic blood testing, and has its own stock of common prescription drugs, but they do not yet have an x-ray machine.

    Dr. Allen Cho, and nurse Linnessa Davis, in the clinic at Bullocks Harbour settlement, Great Harbour Cay

    Dr. Allen Cho, and nurse Linnessa Davis, in the clinic at Bullocks Harbour settlement, Great Harbour Cay

    b) At the marina, there is a new grocery store, Krum’s Market, at the east end of the dock, across the street in a separate building which also has housed a small inn on the second floor. The new market is clean, well organized and we are told they receive fresh fruits and vegetables and other fresh food direct from the U.S., instead of through Nassau.
    c) Also at the east end of the marina dock, a new take-out “deli” opened, with breakfast, lunch and dinner items. There are tables and umbrellas on the adjacent dock.
    d) In the Bullocks Harbor settlement, next to the hardware store, a new beverage store offering liquor, wine and beer is now in business. It too is clean, well organized and up to date; prices are not bad and the selection is very good.
    e) A new building, across from the police station, has been under construction for over two years; it is supposed to be for a bank. Until that happens, cruisers are reminded that there are no ATMs or banks on the island and most local businesses include a 5% surcharge on all credit cards.
    Highbourne Cay, Exumas
    Highbourne Cay Marina has added a new long dock at the north end of the basin, which can accommodate two large mega-yachts, or multiple smaller ones on its south side; the north side of the new dock (near shore) has only enough water for boats such as center consoles towed by large yachts. The dock will have power, including three phase power, in the near future.
    Highbourne Cay Marina is without question the nicest, best run marina in the southern Bahamas.
    Staniel Cay, Exumas
    The airport reopened a number of months ago. Watermakers Air, which has scheduled flights to Staniel, now provides regular and charter service to multiple other islands in the Bahamas. See their website: www.watermakersair.com.
    One of the best ways to have boat parts or other important items shipped to you while in the Exumas is by contacting Watermaker’s Air, who will walk you through the process, and arrange it all. Their terminal is at the Executive Airport in Ft. Lauderdale (not the main international airport). They are really efficient at arranging to get your package through Customs, and delivering to you for pickup at Staniel Cay.
    Tip: When you receive your cruising permit upon entering the Bahamas, take a good photo of it, and download it to your computer. If you need to ship items for the repair of your boat to the Bahamas, you will then be able to e-mail a copy of your cruising permit to Watermakers, who will use it to have your parts enter the country duty-free, as long as the part is necessary for the operation of the boat. (That will not prevent you from having to pay the V.A.T.) If you have guests flying anywhere from the U.S. to the Bahamas to join you on your boat, your guests will also need your permit to show Immigration officials, who want to be sure that everyone entering their country has a place to stay.

    Cave Cay, Exumas
    This cay, south of Little Farmer’s, is relatively unknown and not frequently visited. The owner has built a first class marina with excellent floating docks, power and water. He has also built a series of buildings while are planned for a restaurant and rental cottages, but it appears that those are a way off. The island generates its own electricity, makes its own water, and is raising a modest amount of vegetables. There are a couple of excellent beaches, but no restaurant and no store. They have wi-fi, and the reception from the BTC tower on Little Farmers can be good, depending on where you are. There are a series of superb caves to explore.
    Most importantly, this marina serves as an excellent hurricane hole: the basin is completely surrounded by land. One caution: the entrance at MLW has a six foot spot.

    The entrance to Cave Cay.

    The entrance to Cave Cay.

    This 57’ Nordhavn with at least a 6’ draft, has just come through the cut. With an approximate three foot tide fall, this marina should be accessible to most cruising boats with proper planning around the tide.

    The docks at Cave Cay.

    The docks at Cave Cay.

    The buildings on the far hill are the maintenance sheds, with the island’s generating and reverse osmosis plants. The photo was taken from the hill which overlooks the marina looking west; the Exuma Sound is behind the camera, to the east – showing how much protection this harbour offers. There is limited dock space though, and anchoring is not permitted in the harbour.
    For slower boats who can’t make it from Georgetown to the Staniel Cay area in a single day, Cave Cay is a perfectly positioned, protected layover spot when conditions don’t permit you to anchor.
    Blackpoint
    Lorraine’s Restaurant has expanded. What used to be the wi-fi café is now a bar area, and the dining area is much larger. Why? Because several tour operators from Great Exuma, or Nassau, are running fast, large open boats, often holding dozens of people, on “grand” tours of the Exumas, to include Allens Cay’s iguanas, Big Major’s pig beach, Compass Cay’s sharks, Staniel’s Yacht Club, and Blackpoint – with a buffet luncheon at Lorraine’s. Lorraine said that sometimes twenty to seventy people a day come to Blackpoint on these tours. While it surprised us (and disappointed us, to some extent) to see a group of twenty-five pasty-skin tourists who were now sunburned to a day-glo red, walking on the usually tranquil main street of Blackpoint, overall this is economically good for the island. And don’t forget to go next door to Lorraine’s mother’s house, and buy some fresh Bahamian bread.

    This is one of the smaller tour boats, making its rounds, pulling into Staniel Cay. We saw some big go-fast tourist boats with over 50 people in them.

    This is one of the smaller tour boats, making its rounds, pulling into Staniel Cay. We saw some big go-fast tourist boats with over 50 people in them.

    A final note about when to cruise the Bahamas: In our view, the best time to cruise the Bahamas is in April, May and June. We urge our cruising friends, many of whom go to the Bahamas in December and return in March, to try the Bahamas in the spring. It is not nearly as busy, the water is warmer and you don’t have to deal with “northers”, those nasty cold fronts which come through frequently in the winter, with their strong N/W to N/E winds, which make it difficult to find a good anchorage. In the spring, good anchorages are easier to find, and if you want a slip at a marina, those too are easier to secure.
    We realize that some people need to comply with their insurance company’s requirement that they be north of a certain location by June 1st. Since we are based in Florida, we have full coverage on our boat, including hurricane season (with of course a higher deductible) and the cost was not nearly as bad as we expected.

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    This is why it’s Better in the Bahamas in the spring. This picture was taken on May 19, 2016 at the Exumas Land and Sea Park, at Warderick Wells. In high (winter) season, ALL of these moorings would be taken, and there would be a long waiting list to get one.
    You can see two larger yachts (far left) out on the moorings next to Warderick Cut, designated for 150’ boats. Other than those two boats, we were the ONLY boat on any of the 22 or so moorings in the north mooring field. Now is the time to be here!
    Hurricanes? Yes, we do pay close attention to tropical developments as we get closer to hurricane season. We look at multiple sources of weather at least twice a day. Marv Market sends us excellent Tropical Updates, sometime days ahead of anyone else. (Send Marv an e-mail, and ask to be put on his mailing list for both excellent daily reports based on Buoy Weather, and for his periodic tropical reports: Marvboater1@aol.com.)
    Finally, we always have a back-up plan. What are the safe places we can get to, if we need to? Our list in this part of the Bahamas includes Cave Cay, Compass Cay, Highbourne, Great Harbour, or further north in the Grand Bahama Yacht Club at Port Lucaya. The docks at Staniel Cay are not an option; if there are strong winds forecast from the west they will ask you to leave, which is a good thing, since you don’t want to be there anyway in those conditions. There are other good places, such as Norman’s Pond, for shallow draft boats.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Mapping Issues/Help” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Mapping Issues/Help” plus 1 more
    Mapping Issues/Help
    Posted: 17 May 2016 02:33 PM PDT
    This weekend I was in West End fishing and noticed that my map was off by quite some distance. I am using a Garmin 7212 and the map source is from Lewis Offshore, explorer charts. When I was offshore West End the map was showing I was in 50ft of water but my depth sounder was recording about 600ft. It seemed to happen all the way along the coast of Grand Bahama up to White Sand ridge. Near Memory rock where the water is super clear, I could tell we were very deep (dark blue color) while the mapping program was stating we were in shallow 60 ft, depth sounds reading 800 ft or so. While I am back in the states, this does not happen as the maps seem very close to the depth sounder and even bottom contour. My question is, was I doing something wrong? or are the maps that far off over in the near Bahamas on the garmin chartplotters?

    Explorer Charts
    Posted: 17 May 2016 02:30 PM PDT
    Garmin Chartplotters come with preloaded maps for all U.S. coastal areas and the Bahamas. The current release (February 2015) does NOT have Explorer Bahamas data for the Little Bahama Bank, most of Grand Bahama, the Abacos, Great Inagua, and the Turks and Caicos.

    I ordered Garmin V2 charts, does it have Explorer information, if not will an App help bridge the information I might need?

    Thanks

  • Bahamas Chatter: Reply from Minister of Tourism in the Bahamas

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    Bahamas Chatter: Reply from Minister of Tourism in the Bahamas
    Reply from Minister of Tourism in the Bahamas
    Posted: 11 May 2016 12:39 PM PDT
    I have also received a reply from the Minister of Tourism. Here is the response.
    “Bruce
    I have reviewed your and the concerns of others relative to security. Be assured that we are addressing this issue with urgency. We do not intend to allow any person or persons to destroy our country and the wonderful relationships we have with so many. Thank you and be assured that we will resolve the issues.
    Sent from Outlook Mobile

    On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 8:01 PM -0700, “Bruce Bogdanoff” <btbogdan46@gmail.com> wrote:
    Minister of Tourism
    Obie Wilchcombe

    One of the reasons we choose to cruise the Bahamas and the Exhumas is due to your excellent record of security for our sailing craft and dinghies and motors. Although I have not been affected yet, it has come to my attention, that theft that was not there of our motors and equipment, is now becoming commonplace. If this continues, we will need to look for other cruising locations and monies that would go to your economic development will need to go to security.
    I strongly urge you to review my concerns and share it with the appropriate security authorities for actions that need to be taken to insure our safety.
    Thank you,
    Bruce Bogdanoff
    S/V Help Me Rhonda”

  • Bahamas Chatter: Response from Minister of Tourism

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    Bahamas Chatter: Response from Minister of Tourism
    Response from Minister of Tourism
    Posted: 10 May 2016 07:28 AM PDT
    One of the cruisers who responded to the Chatter correspondence regarding boat thefts in the Bahamas received this reply from Obie Wilchcombe, the Minister of Tourism:

    Thank you for taking the time to write and raising the Flag on the issue that is troubling and must meet affirmative action. We are and will intensify all efforts and prevent the small few from destroying our land of friendship and hospitality
    Thanks for your support and your contribution to our nation.

    Obie

  • Bahamas Chatter: Boat/Dinghy Thefts in the Bahamas

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    Bahamas Chatter: Boat/Dinghy Thefts in the Bahamas

    Boat/Dinghy Thefts in the Bahamas
    Posted: 06 May 2016 08:54 AM PDT
    We are getting more frequent reports of thefts from cruising yachts and from marinas. Some vessels stolen were larger outboards; many are dinghies, some large with big outboards. Reports have come from the Abacos, Nassau and George Town. Nassau thefts have occurred from a paddleboarder sneaking into marinas.

    Concern is growing among cruisers and many are expressing the possibility that they will completely avoid these areas in the future.

    To make your feelings known and to press for some government action on this issue, here is some contact information for Bahamas Tourism.

    Bahamas Tourism George Town
    Pet Hanna
    phanna@bahamas.com
    242-336-2430
    242-357-0970

    Bahamas Tourism Nassau
    Minister of Tourism
    Obie Wilchcombe
    owilchcombe@bahamas.com
    242-302-2058
    242-302-1317

    Let them know the seriousness of the thefts in terms of loss of tourism in the Bahamas. Perhaps it will get some action to stop and further prevent this threat to cruising yachts and other vessels in the Bahamas.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey for May

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    Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey for May

    New fuel and dockage survey for May
    Posted: 03 May 2016 12:14 PM PDT
    Fuel prices were mixed in this month’s survey. Three marinas raised dockage prices and two marinas lower their rates. The rest remained the same.

    Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour announced the installation of five new moorings available for $15 a night. Emerald Bay Marina now has an ATM on site.

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: Many More Boat Thefts in Georgetown

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    Bahamas Chatter: Many More Boat Thefts in Georgetown
    Many More Boat Thefts in Georgetown
    Posted: 02 May 2016 03:50 AM PDT
    This weekend was the Family Island Regatta in Georgetown. Two dinghy with outboards were stolen off the back of cruising bots anchored off of Chat & Chill. A working skiff with outboard was also stolen off of the back of a Long Island boat that was in Georgetown for the Regatta.

    These are not the only thefts in the past several months. Boats from cruising inflatable dinghy to much larger boats with dual large outboards are being stolen.

    The police have done nothing about any of the thefts and do not seem interested in pursuing any of the cases. If you talk to many of the locals on the island they seem to know who is responsible so the police probably know also.

    Those boats staying in Georgetown are resorting to hauling their boats out of the water at night and other methods. However at least 2 boats that were chained have had the chains cut in order to steal the boats & outboards

  • Bahamas Chatter: Morgans Bluff Light

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    Bahamas Chatter: Morgans Bluff Light

    Morgans Bluff Light
    Posted: 19 Apr 2016 05:30 AM PDT
    Charts AN 1 and AN 1A , page 63, Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas, Seventh Edition show a Fl 4s 4m 4M (ED) light on Morgans Bluff that no longer exists. A new light has been established close to the point of the old water barge dock on a tall utility pole near 25° 10.8′ N/78° 01.6′ W. The white light currently flashes approximately once every 30 seconds and is approximately seven meters above sea level (Fl 33s 7m 5M).

    The lighted range shown on Joanne Point has been discontinued. The old metal towers still exist but can no longer be seen because of tree growth and are no longer lighted.
    The flashing five second red and green lights on the Commercial Harbour entrance jetties are currently working.
    Sixth Edition and older Chartbooks show buoys on the Morgans Bluff Channel that no longer exist.
    Mariners should stay well clear of the submerged and partially submerged wrecks near the south end of the old water barge dock.

  • Boat Thieves Busy in Nassau, Bahamas

    Round the clock deck watch seems to be the only answer to such a bold thief. Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges.

    Boat thieves have been busy in Nassau riding paddle boards up to docked vessels and stealing everything of value. The local police and BASRA calls the perp “Spider-Man” and always seems to give the constables the slip.

    In Marsh Harbour last night, boat thieves hit a large catamaran motor yacht making off with their large RIB while yacht has docked at Harbourview Marina. All yachties are advised lock their tenders and tow-behinds and keep a lookout in the dark of night.
    John Wampler
    www.yachtaide.com

  • Bahamas Chatter: Cruisers not welcome at Little San Salvador

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    Bahamas Chatter: Cruisers not welcome at Little San Salvador
    Cruisers not welcome at Little San Salvador
    Posted: 15 Apr 2016 04:06 AM PDT
    The following letter was received from a cruiser that recently visited Little San Salvador (AKA Half Moon Cay):

    My wife and I anchored our 44’ sailing catamaran just West of the Southernmost point on the island in calm conditions on the evening of April 7. On the morning of April 8, a cruise ship arrived and anchored about 1 ½ miles NW of us. Later that morning we were shocked when a 35-40’ flybridge power boat with inboard engines came zooming right at our boat, throwing a huge wake. It past our stern no more than 50’ away, then took a sharp turn along our port side as the captain let off the throttles and let his boat settle, creating an even greater wake. We were too busy grabbing items that were going to fly off of our table and countertops to signal to them. 2 Bahamian men were on the fly bridge, and they went to a mooring that was off shore from us and served as a snorkeling spot for the cruise ship guests. The purpose of the flybridge boat was to carry the guests to that spot. We thought at first that the captain simply didn’t know the “rules of the road” in boating- that he is responsible for any damage created by his wake. At the time, we didn’t take it for what it really was; a clear message that we were not welcome here.
    Within the hour we decided to go exploring on our dinghy, and headed East along the shoreline, then up into the creek mentioned above. The creek led to an open bay that is nearly ½ mile wide and about 2 miles long. We were idling along enjoying the scenery when the only other boat on the bay (a small boat with 2 Bahamian crew and 2 cruise ship guests) flagged us down. One of the crew let us know that this waterway was private and that we could not be here. I argued that we were not ashore, nor were we heading ashore, we are ON THE WATER. She insisted that we must leave immediately. Their guests looked as shocked over the incident as we were. We turned and left, angered and feeling that our rights were not being respected; not on the dinghy, and certainly not on our yacht.
    Now, I completely understand that land can be purchased and we respect that when cruising. However, I did not realize that the OCEAN and its inlets can be owned by someone. This was not an inland lake, this was an ocean inlet! It’s no different than telling me I can’t have my boat anchored off your island, which we realized was the clear message being given by the flybridge boats rude behavior. Now we were being told in no uncertain terms by the Holland America crew that our dinghy was not allowed on “their” water.
    As a human being, I could certainly be wrong about the Bahamian laws, so I’m open to hearing about how areas of the ocean can be purchased by individuals or businesses for private use. But if I’m correct and that is simply absurd, then I look to hear back from Mr. Kruse. Perhaps the next edition of the Explorer chartbooks should be updated to reflect this situation and the way it is responded to.

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