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  • Bahamas Chatter: Mooring in Abaco

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

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    Bahamas Chatter: Mooring. In Abaco.
    Mooring. In Abaco.

    Posted: 17 Feb 2018 03:00 PM PST
    Looking for a recommendation for mooring or docking a 44’ voyage cat. Looking for charter partners. Expected to get permit late March. Heading north from BVI. Hoping to call Abaco our new base. AlternateLatitude.com

  • Request for Holding Conditions, Morgan’s Bluff Anchorage, Bahamas

    Louise is asking for recent experience anchoring in Morgan’s Bluff. If you have had good luck setting your anchor there, let us hear from you.

    Can you tell us what the bottom conditions are for anchoring in Morgan’s Bluff? We heard after Juaquine in 2015 the bottom was all scoured and thus poor holding. Wondering if it has improved.
    Louise

    Morgan’s Bluff is not in our Anchorage Directory, but we found these entries via Google:

    www.noonsite.com › Countries › Bahamas
    Morgans Bluff – Profile. Location. Morgan’s Bluff at the north end of North Andros, just north of Nicholls Town. Not much goes on here except for the regatta … The anchorage is good holding in sand and grass and protection good except from the north. The government dock is off-limits to private boats.

    And this from Cruisers’ Net Partner Explorer Charts:

    Morgans Bluff & Nicholls Town

  • Bahamas Chatter: Tale of Two Lights

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: Tale of Two Lights

    Tale of Two Lights

    Posted: 09 Feb 2018 06:29 AM PST

    We have a first-hand report on two navigational lights; one of which is crucial to navigation in an open area and the other one entering Nassau Harbour from the east. READ MORE!

    The first, the Northwest Channel Light, is still not lighted. There is a pole (approximately 30′) with a rope trailing from the top. This crucial light has not yet been replaced (for several years).

    The second, the light on Porgee Rock, has been rebuilt and is working. The irony of this is that we just took that light off all of the Explorer charts of the area and published the new data last summer, and now it is working again! Oh well! So make a correction on your charts: The Porgee Rock Light is now working (for now).

    Monty Lewis
    Explorer Chartbooks

  • Bahamas Chatter: Guana moorings?

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: Guana moorings?
    Guana moorings?

    Posted: 08 Feb 2018 03:29 PM PST

    Looking for a reasonable place to moor a 35 foot sailboat for long term near Guana Cay. Just bought a boat that has been occupied on the hook in Marsh Harbour, but I’m living in a home in Guana for the next year.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Shower in Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: Shower in Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra
    Shower in Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra

    Posted: 04 Feb 2018 02:20 PM PST READ MORE!

    Farrington’s convenience store is located at the gazebo dock. He now has a shower available for the cruisers, $5/shower is what he is planing on charging.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys”

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: “Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys”
    Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys

    Posted: 03 Feb 2018 07:20 AM PST READ MORE!

    The 2017 hurricanes brought changes to the entrance buoys of the channel to Bimini. The waypoint in Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas 8th edition remains the same, but some of the buoys are off station as originally plotted on the chart.

    * The first red buoy on the chart is now off station, having moved northward off the southern tip of North Bimini right in the middle of a very shallow sandbar. Don’t go there!

    * The first red buoy you see approaching South Bimini is actually the second one on the chart. It is in the correct position.

    * There is a green buoy beyond that and it is off station near the entrance to Bimini Sands Marina on South Bimini.

    * There are four small buoys along the shore of South Bimini leading into North Bimini. They are in correct position. The lighted pole at the entrance also remains.

    Another note on Bimini: The marinas no longer furnish Customs papers for you to fill out on your boat. Here’s a link: https://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/dp_form.asp?fid=263.
    You have to either go to Customs to get the forms and fill them out there or download them and print them out so you can fill them ahead of time.

    The Customs office is still at the Big Game Marina, while Immigration is a little farther north at the Administration Building (both shown on the chart).

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Long Island Mutton Festival in March”

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Long Island Mutton Festival in March”
    Long Island Mutton Festival in March

    Posted: 03 Feb 2018 07:36 AM PST READ MORE!

    From the Long Island Tourist Office:

    If you are setting sail this New Year, and looking for excitement during your journey, then Long Island Bahamas is the place to drop anchors!

    We will be having two days of fun, live bands, Bahamian Artists, competitions, and goat skin demonstrations…much much more!!

    Mutton Festival:
    Friday, March 16th, & Saturday, March 17th, 2018
    Salt Pond Cultural Site, Long Island, Bahamas

    Long Island Tourist Office

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Fishing tackle” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Fishing tackle” plus 1 more
    Fishing tackle

    Posted: 30 Jan 2018 02:39 PM PST READ MORE!

    Finding fishing tackle in Eleuthera can be hard. Found a great shop in Spanish Wells, Island Custom Rod and Tackle. Located on West end of Spanish Wells at end of 28th St North, about three blocks west of Food Fair. Great selection and good prices and very friendly service.

    ATM in Spanish Wells

    Posted: 30 Jan 2018 04:46 AM PST

    Scotia Bank in Spanish Wells has been replaced by CB Bank. While they have an atm I believe most foriegn debit cards will not work.
    On Leo Pinder St the convenience store “Island Mart” has a Royal Bank of Canada atm inside which does work with international debit cards.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Floating Docks” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Floating Docks” plus 1 more

    Floating Docks

    Posted: 28 Jan 2018 05:08 AM PST READ MORE!

    My wife and I love the Bahamas. The challenge we have is finding suitable dockage. We have a 90lb dog and need to get onto land, for guess what? I cannot easily get him onto fixed docks.
    Could anyone with significant Bahamas knowledge help us take Dusty with us?

    Meeks Patch Eleuthera no longer unoccupied

    Posted: 27 Jan 2018 05:41 PM PST

    Meeks Parch, between Royal and Spanish Wells, now has a dozen pigs and some ducks residing there. Large sign adverising “Pig Island Adventures”.
    Still a great anchorage, just no longer suitable to take dogs ashore.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New Source of Diesel Fuel

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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 Source of Diesel Fuel
    New Source of Diesel Fuel

    Posted: 25 Jan 2018 11:10 AM PST READ MORE!

    Thanks to John Gula for finding more economical fuel prices for cruisers. The power plant on the south shore of Russell Island (near Spanish Wells, Eleuthera) has a pier at longitude 76* 46.36’ W. They sell diesel at a reduced price. We verified the current price below.

    $3.22 gal.VISA/MC accepted. SEE EXPLORER CHART EL 9.

    Open to all vessels. This is a power plant co-op.

    St. George’s Cay Power Co. Ltd.
    Mr. Roylaton McKenzie
    Operations Manager
    1-242-333-4481/4407
    1-242-559-3068
    e-mail royliston@yahoo.com

  • Bahamas Chatter: US vessel seized

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: US vessel seized
    US vessel seized

    Posted: 20 Jan 2018 02:52 PM PST

    4 January in Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamian Customs and RBDF officers boarded and searched a US flagged MV that had not cleared customs. They found weapons aboard. The two US citizens were handed over to Bahamian police and the vessel confiscated.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey January 19, 2018

    Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey January 19, 2018
    New fuel and dockage survey January 19, 2018

    Posted: 19 Jan 2018 08:14 AM PST  READ MORE!

    A new survey of dockage and fuel prices has been completed and posted showing most of the marinas offering these services in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time and they are shown in red.

    Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Search for Missing Vessel

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    Bahamas Chatter: Search for Missing Vessel
    Search for Missing Vessel

    Posted: 09 Jan 2018 08:02 AM PST <strong>READ MORE!</strong>

    Sharing this info:BOLO for the S/V ELLIPSIS
    Seven Seas Cruising Association’s HF Radio Service KPK has been asked for assistance in locating the S/V ELLIPSIS which departed Puerto Rico on December 26, 2017 on a voyage to St Augustine, Florida. The vessel is a 32’ Westsail cutter rig sloop, light tan hull, maroon stripe below the rail, with tan bark sails.
    There are two POB. The Captain is Scott Kans, age approx 55, accompanied by crew Rafael Torres, approx age 30. Neither men are known to have medical issues, although Scott is believed to have a hernia.
    The vessel has a 6 person life raft, however no EPIRB, SSB or HF Radio, or other means of communication other than two cell phones. They have no way to receive weather information since departing Puerto Rico. Scott’s cell phone is 787-306-9114.
    The vessel sustained major damage during the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, including damage to its rigging which is believed to have been repaired prior to departing Puerto Rico. It is believed the vessel may have a cutlass bearing issue.
    Their intended route was to pass close enough to the Turks and Caicos to allow them to call their emergency contact via cell phone. The contact expected hearing from them on or around January 2nd. From the Turks and Caicos they planned to continue through the East Bahamas into the Gulf Stream to St Augustine, Florida.
    The USCG Sector Jacksonville has been notified.
    Chris Parker of the Marine Weather Center is also aware of this overdue boat and will broadcast a lookout on his Monday SSB morning weather report for the Bahamas.
    Dick Giddings of the afternoon Doo Dah SSB Net is also aware and broadcasting a lookout as well as putting it out on the morning Cruiseheimers Net.
    KPK will ensure the Waterway Radio & Cruising Club Amateur Radio Net covers it as well as the both SSCA morning SSB nets at 1215 hrs UTC and 1315 hrs UTC on frequency 8.104.
    Anyone with information regarding this vessel may contact KPK@ssca.org and the USCG.
    Glenn Tuttle – Net Manager
    SSCA HF Radio Service KPK
    941-456-5070

  • Bahamas Chatter: “north eluthera- spanish wells?” plus 1 more

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: “north eluthera- spanish wells?” plus 1 more
    north eluthera- spanish wells?

    Posted: 26 Dec 2017 01:49 PM PST READ MORE!

    hi all,

    later in the season we’ll have guests fly into north eluthera. we’ll probably be at the marina in spanish wells. anyone know about the connections/phone numbers we need to get them from airport to marina?

    duetto

    Diesel fuel in Andros

    Posted: 26 Dec 2017 01:47 PM PST

    Planning a trip down Andros and would like to know of Diesel Fuel availability in Andros? Any recent purchases would be helpful.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Exhibit of Bahamian Art” plus 2 more

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: “Exhibit of Bahamian Art” plus 2 more

    Exhibit of Bahamian Art
    Posted: 19 Dec 2017 02:48 PM PST READ MORE!

    If you are in the Stuart, FL area from now until February 25, 2018, you won’t want to miss a fabulous exhibit of the work of several Bahamian artists. The exhibit is at the Elliott Antique Automobile Museum at Stuart Beach. A variety of artists, some of whom were born in the 1800s, will bring joy to your eyes and heart. While you are there, you can also see numerous vintage vehicles as well as wooden speedboats, motorcycles, and lots of other antique artifacts. Enjoy!

    Treasure Cay Christmas Events
    Posted: 19 Dec 2017 02:42 PM PST

    Development on Great and Little Stirrup Cay
    Posted: 19 Dec 2017 02:39 PM PST
    At the top of the Berry Island chain construction continues to turn Great and Little Stirrup Cays into a tourist fantasy land. A tower is under construction near the cruise ship beach on Great Stirrup Cay and the report of a pier to be built is on Little Stirrup Cay along with a large water park. Little Stirrup Cay (Co Co Cay) is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Great Stirrup Cay is owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Vessels in the area should use caution and expect cruise ships approaching and departing this area.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Guns and Ammo in Bahamas

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    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: Guns and Ammo in Bahamas
    Guns and Ammo in Bahamas
    Posted: 15 Dec 2017 07:32 AM PST READ MORE!

    We recently had some questions about how many rounds of ammunition one could bring in on a boat cruising in the Bahamas. We were able to talk to an official at Bahamas Customs and get this answer for what is allowed:
    3 guns
    250 rounds/weapon
    Also, as it states in the Customs article of our Explorer Chartbooks, if one is boarded by the Defence Force, the number of rounds of ammunition aboard should equal the number on the cruising permit.
    That’s the official word.

    Monty Lewis
    Explorer Chartbooks

  • Bahamas Chatter: “chart plotter software” plus 1 more

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: “chart plotter software” plus 1 more
    chart plotter software
    Posted: 11 Dec 2017 04:42 PM PST  READ MORE!

    What free chart plotter software on your laptop do you use
    when you’re downloading Explorer charts?

    Lighthouse Yacht Club Andros
    Posted: 11 Dec 2017 04:39 PM PST
    Does anyone know if Lighthouse YC marina in Fresh Creek is open? Have heard conflicting reports. If closed, what are the options for stopping there? (don’t need any services) thx

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Weather Reports while in the Bahamas” plus 1 more

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: “Weather Reports while in the Bahamas” plus 1 more
    Weather Reports while in the Bahamas
    Posted: 07 Dec 2017 03:45 AM PST READ MORE!

    Can anybody provide some information on weather reports while in the Bahamas?

    Taking fireams into the Bahamas
    Posted: 07 Dec 2017 03:43 AM PST
    Does anybody know the amount of ammunition you can have aboard when in the Bahamas? I heard up to a maximum of 250 rounds per weapon.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “The pet thing…addendum” plus 2 more

    Bahamas Chatter: “The pet thing…addendum” plus 2 more
    The pet thing…addemdum
    Posted: 28 Nov 2017 07:37 AM PST READ MORE!

    To those that have pets on board. I sent in my International moneys order, and the proper form on the 16th of Sept, 2017. We left Bakers Haulover for Bimini on the 24th of November. Without having received any formal paper work back. To this day, my mail delivery/receive service has not received any paper work. Tis the Bahamas…

    With that in mind, I cleared into Bimini. The very nice lady at Customs, went through the usual paperwork, and questions. When she asked if I had any pets on board, I said yes, but, and then I went through the above paragraph with her. I showed her the receipts for the money orders, the Nassau form, the health certificate for Bentley, etc.

    She looked at everything, shook her head, pushed all the papers back to me. So, on my cruising permit, next to the dingy and motor, the skiff and motor that I tow, the fishing poles on board, and the slings, is listed…………..ready for this……… (1) dog….

    What a great country…not tied up in red tape at all…denO and Bentley

    Crossing Flotilla
    Posted: 28 Nov 2017 07:35 AM PST
    We are planning a crossing from West Palm to the West End around the second week of January 2018. This being our first trip we would like to travel with others planning to cross to the Bahamas. We travel in a Carver 450 Voyager so our speed can vary to 20 MPH. Please let us know if you might be interested.

    Sea Conditions for Crossing from Ft. Laudeerdale
    Posted: 28 Nov 2017 07:34 AM PST
    Can anybody tell me where I can get accurate sea conditions for crossing the stream. We’re heading to Bimini. From what I can see on the off shore reports it looks like 2 ft seas, with a NE wind. Can I rely on that information? Also, anything we should know going into Bimini.

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