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    • The Big Five Bahamian Sharks

      Here’s food for thought…

      There’s a Shark in the Water
      Actually, there are more than 40 different species of sharks in The Bahamas, but it’s these five that are the largest.

       

       

      The Big Five
      Southern Boating Media Group

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    • Bahamas Chatter: “ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY CRUISING REGATTA EVENTS ARE POSTPONED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON” plus 2 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: “ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY CRUISING REGATTA EVENTS ARE POSTPONED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON” plus 2 more

      ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY CRUISING REGATTA EVENTS ARE POSTPONED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

      Posted: 09 Nov 2018 01:32 PM PST

      ATTENTION VISITING SAILBOATS AND GUESTS OF STANIEL CAY

      The Community of Staniel Cay has postponed the annual New Year’s Day Cruising Regatta and related events (e.g., Captain’s Cocktail Party, Auction, Awards Dinner) this December 2018 and January 2019.

      We apologize for any inconvenience, but invite you to join us this holiday season anyway. Staniel Cay will still be bustling with holiday excitement and festivities, so we welcome everyone to visit and share a jolly good time! The Staniel Cay Yacht Club will host a variety of activities (see www.stanielcay.com), Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will hold various holiday services with all denominations welcome, and Staniel Cay community members may organize other fun, ad hoc events.

      Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you this winter.

      Food and Charts for Bahamas

      Posted: 27 Oct 2018 06:20 PM PDT

      I am sure everyone’s situation is different but I would just like an idea of what I should take and how much. We are planning on hopefully cruising for 5 months. How much food should I take and paper supplies. I just need a rough idea and also cash.

      My other question is regarding charts what charts do I need to get and download before I go. Thanks for recommendations and suggestions.

      Cuba 2019

      Posted: 21 Oct 2018 11:11 AM PDT

      Anyone else thinking of Havana in January or February?
      I’m a 30 ft. fast trawler, will be in the Keys for Christmas, thinking of Havana then to Bimini, unknown from there.
      I can go alone but it is better with another boat, other people.

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    • Large Steel Container Adrift, Farmers Cay, Exumas

      Big Thanks to Hervin D. Thomas for this posting on Facebook.

      WARNING FOR ALL BOAT CAPTAINS EXUMA!!!
      PLEASE SHARE!

      On Friday 6th November at about 7:00am a large steel container was discovered between Big Farmers Cay and Guana Cay in Farmers Cay Cut. Same was about 0.5 miles From Farmers Cay dock. Container seems to be about 80 to 100 feet tall, so will be partially above surface in most surrounding areas. Be aware when travelling at day and extremely vigilant at nighttime.

      Hervin D. Thomas

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    • Staniel Cay Yacht Club at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, October 31-November 4, 2018

       Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful Exumas.

      staniel

      Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests. Stop by and visit them at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show this week. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR.

      Stop by and visit us at the
      Oct. 31 – Nov. 4.
      Bahia Mar Entrance Tent, Booth 95
       
      Special Happy Hour
      at our booth, Saturday 4 – 6pm
      Sponsored by Island Time Rum
      Signature cocktail samples with Junkanoo Rush Out at 5pm!
       
      Familiar faces from SCYC!
       
      Staniel Cay Yacht Club | Exumas., Bahamas

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    • The Lowdown on Chartering in 2018

      As cold weather approaches, do you dream of the warm, sunny waters of the Bahamas? Here’s the scoop!

      The Scoop on Chartering The Bahamas from Southern Exposure

      Charter The Bahamas from Southern Exposure

      What boat owners should consider before chartering or sharing vessels
      South Florida Business Journal

      Tips to Get the Best from Your Yacht Charter! Being Flexible on Your Itinerary.
      Coastal Yacht Management

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Disney may build cruise ship resort on Eleuthera

      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: Disney may build cruise ship resort on Eleuthera
      Disney may build cruise ship resort on Eleuthera

      Posted: 20 Oct 2018 05:26 AM PDT

      In a decision criticized by locals and environmentalists, the government of the Bahamas has given tentative approval to a plan by Disney Cruise Line to build a cruise port on the southern tip of Eleuthera.

      The port would be part of a 746-acre development by the subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. entertainment empire and would include a pier, shops, marina, restaurants and walkways through nearby forest and around salt ponds.

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Dog on board for Bahamas

      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: Dog on board for Bahamas
      Dog on board for Bahamas

      Posted: 08 Oct 2018 02:38 PM PDT

      Last year we sent in our form and money for the import license for our dog and NEVER received it, even after several phone calls. They seem to be in total disorder in this department and they say the mail doesn’t even get to them. Anyone have any luck getting their import license? Any suggestions? Thank you, Kathi

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Small Vessel Reporting System replaced by CBP ROAM on 9/5/2018

      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: Small Vessel Reporting System replaced by CBP ROAM on 9/5/2018
      Small Vessel Reporting System replaced by CBP ROAM on 9/5/2018

      Posted: 31 Aug 2018 02:08 PM PDT
      Effective September 5, 2018, the Small Vessel Reporting System will no longer be in service and float plans will no longer be accepted. Instead, pleasure boaters are encouraged to use the CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (ROAM) application when boating into the U.S. from a foreign port or place. Existing SVRS numbers will continue to remain valid and may be entered in the CBP ROAM app for expedited processing. Boaters may also continue to report their arrival via designated telephone reporting numbers or report to a port of entry, if desired.

      The CBP ROAM app is a convenient and efficient way to report your U.S. entry from a smart device. Travelers can use the CBP ROAM app to input their biographic and trip information, followed by a video interview with a CBP Officer, to meet reporting requirements. While all travelers may use the CBP ROAM app, there may be circumstances in which a boater must still report in person to CBP, including, but not limited to, if an I-94 or other document is required, if customs duties must be paid, or in other relevant circumstances. Please refer below for additional detail and information:

      Where can I download the CBP ROAM app?

      Download CBP ROAM on your Android or Apple device! Detailed instructions on how to install and use the app on a personal device are attached for your reference. In certain locations, travelers can use a CBP tablet located at a partner organization to access the CBP ROAM app.

      Where can the CBP ROAM app be used?

      The CBP ROAM app can be used to report U.S. entry by boat in the Great Lakes, most of the Eastern Seaboard (from Delaware to Florida), U.S. territories in the Caribbean, Texas, and San Diego, California. Additional locations are being added, and travelers should contact their local port of entry to confirm whether arrival submissions via the CBP ROAM app are accepted.

      How do I use the CBP ROAM app to report my U.S. entry?

      After downloading the CBP ROAM app and creating an account on login.gov, enter your traveler, mode of travel, and trip details for your U.S. entry. After submitting the trip, a CBP Officer will review your submission and may initiate a video interview if necessary. Following the video interview, you will receive a notification and an email with your clearance status and/or next steps. For expedited processing, individuals without a Trusted Traveler number may also apply to enroll as a “Verified Traveler” through the CBP ROAM app; approved travelers will receive a Verified Traveler number that can be used for future trips.

      For more information on the CBP ROAM app, visit the CBP ROAM page on CBP’s website. For CBP ROAM questions or comments, please reach out to cbproam@cbp.dhs.gov.

      Happy boating and stay safe!

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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    • Hurricane Holes in the Bahamas

      Explorer Chartbooks

      This timely discussion and advice re hurricane holes comes from “Bahamas Chatter” on Explorer Chartbooks’ webpage, www.explorercharts.com. TS Erika is bearing down on us, so if you have hurricane hole locations/advice to add, please do so. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

      Nassau/New Providence Hurrican Holes
      Published August 26, 2015 | By Strider
      Hello, first time cruising the Bahamas and I have Tropical Storm Erika threatening to upgrade to a Cat 1 hurricane and move towards New Providence. The Explorer Charts are great but don’t really point out or suggest any hurricane holes to set up in to wait the storm out. I am currently anchored off of Potter’s Cay, but don’t think that is the best bet. Thank you in advance for any help!

      Posted in Cruising Information, Latest, Nassau/New Providence, Questions for Fellow Cruisers
      2 Responses to Nassau/New Providence Hurrican Holes
      monty says:
      August 26, 2015 at 7:08 am
      You might consider Palm Cay Marina, Hurricane Hole Marina, or Lyford Cay Marina.

      denogail says:
      August 26, 2015 at 7:31 am
      Don’t forget Atlantis’¦yes, expensive, but you will have good peace of mind, and you can go on the giant slide, while you wait for the storm. Do not go into any marina that is exposed to the main harbor, such as Yacht Haven or Nassau Harbor Club, as the surge and wave action will destroy your boat on the dock. Get inside somewhere, and be ready to lengthen your dock likes if there is a surge in front of the storm. And, use all your dock lines, but save 2 in standby.

      Those inside marinas will fill up in a hurry with local boats, so don’t wait to long, and make sure if it is a local boat, and they are next to you, that they don’t use the black polypro lobster line to tie up there boat with which they all use. That is what the two extra lines of yours are for’¦..good luck
      DenO

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    • Bahamas Chatter: New dock at Lorraine’s Cafe, Black Point, Exuma

      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: New dock at Lorraine’s Cafe, Black Point, Exuma
      New dock at Lorraine’s Cafe, Black Point, Exuma
      Posted: 21 Aug 2018 03:23 PM PDT

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    • Beautiful Video from the Bahamas by Colin Ruggiero

      Our thanks to professional photographer, Colin Ruggiero, for sharing his work in the Bahamas.

      The Blue Sanctuary  One of the most magical places on the planet!

      A short film about the trials and successes of the first marine protected area in the Americas. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas is one of the most beautiful places on earth and is a model for marine conservation efforts everywhere.
      Colin Ruggiero

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    • Bahamas Chatter: “New Minister proposes mooring fees” 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: “New Minister proposes mooring fees” plus 1 more
      New Minister proposes mooring fees

      Posted: 28 Jul 2018 05:32 AM PDT

      In an article published in the Bahamas Tribune on July 4th, the newly-appointed transport minister yesterday said he will look to introduce Family Island mooring fees for foreign cruising vessels. To read the entire article go to: http://m.tribune242.com/news/2018/jul/04/new-transport-minister-targets-boating-revenue/?templates=mobile

      Conch poisoning on the rise in the Bahamas

      Posted: 28 Jul 2018 05:15 AM PDT

      The Bahamas Tribune has reported 22 confirmed cases of vibrio parahaemolyticus from persons eating raw conch in the Bahamas. Go to http://www.tribune242.com/news/2018/jul/27/fresh-water-wash-conch-or-close/ for the entire article.

      Many cases of food poisoning from conch cleaned in the Potters Cay Dock area of Nassau Harbour have occurred in the past.

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Staniel Cay News

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas
       Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful 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. Staniel Cay Yacht Club, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests.

      Bahamas Chatter: Staniel Cay News
      Staniel Cay News

      Posted: 09 Jul 2018 08:54 AM PDT

      1. “Pigs of Paradise” – pre-launch book party at SCYC, on August 31st.
      On August 31, join T.R. Todd, the author of “Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs”, aboard Impulse Yacht at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club to celebrate the global success of the swimming pigs of Exuma, Bahamas. T.R. Todd will have the first advance copies of the book on hand.

      Impulse Yacht Charter will be serving food, drinks & shuttling people over to see the Swimming Pigs on August 31, 2018. There will also be a party inside the Club!

      During the event, author Jeff Todd will present a donation cheque to the Original Swimming Pigs Association!

      Here is a link to the Event Invitation page where you or our readers may RSVP (so we may get a general head-count).

      LPL2

      Here is a link to our Facebook Event page:

      https://www.facebook.com/events/209247856539487/?active_tab=about

      This will be a fun event for anyone in the area! Please ask readers to RSVP in the links above if possible.Thank you!

      2. October, 2018 Closure.
      SCYC will be closing most of our facilities in October 2018, for our yearly scheduled maintenance. Please see the schedule below for further information.
      Marina Docks and Fuel Dock will remain open for the month, from 8am-5pm daily, except for one day, Oct. 2nd, when everything will be closed. Available Marina services will still include dockage, power, water, ice, fuel, and bait.
      Schedule:
      Oct. 1st – Hotel, Bar, and Restaurant will close
      Oct. 19th – Bar/Clubhouse reopens, 8am – 10pm (drinks only, no bar food)
      Nov. 1st – Hotel and Restaurant reopen

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    • Bahamas Chatter: CBP form 1303 ‘Ship’s stores declaration’

      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: CBP form 1303 ‘Ship’s stores declaration’
      CBP form 1303 ‘Ship’s stores declaration’

      Posted: 02 Jul 2018 03:21 PM PDT

      Hi All,

      We are onboard a UK flagged vessel in the Bahamas and plan to cross over to the US in the next couple of days.

      One of the forms that we need to fill in is the CBP Form 1303 Ship’s stores declaration.

      I can’t find any help or examples for this online.
      Has anyone filled it before? How specific do we need to be? Do we need to list every single item on the boat?

      Thanks in advance.

      Regards,
      Sabina.

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    • Marv’s Weather Service Available on Cruisers’ Net’s Homepage

      If you are headed for the Bahamas and ports south, Marv’s Weather Service is an indispensable tool. Thank you Carol and Marv Market for providing this free service. Cruisers’ Net is proud to be associated with Marv’s Weather Service which is listed on Cruisers’ Net’s Homepage under WEATHER on the top bar as MARV’S TROPICAL WEATHER REPORTS.


      Marv’s Weather Service – a planning tool for cruising the Bahamas (and beyond) and for crossing the Gulf Stream is Marv’s Weather Service .. we have established the buoy report locations based on our cruising the Bahamas for the last number of years .. to check out our service click the link to our on website .. www.marvsweather.com .. if you agree you can sign up for our daily eMail updates .. yes our service is a free service for all ..

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    • From the Log of M/Y OLOH by A.J. Hammer, April 28, 2018

      Captain A.J. Hammer has given Cruisers’ Net permission to share excerpts from his blog, Adventures of OLOH. In these logs you will find beautiful photographs of and comments on the sights and scenes along the waters plied by the M/Y OLOH.

      FROM: The Captain –
      Conditions_ Sun and clouds.
      Winds from the southeast 10-15 mph. Seas 2-3 feet.
      Distance traveled_ 56 nautical miles
      Time underway_ 7 hours 33 minutes

      Key Largo to Fort Lauderdale, April 28, 2018

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