Here is a website for those of you who have opted to remain in the Bahamas for the summer:
Welcome to The Abacos. Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, charming colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays, and countless hotels, restaurants and bars throughout The Abacos.
The beautiful Bahamas! The Berry Islands are made up of a land mass that totals just over twelve square miles. Many of the 30 cays that comprise the islands are great for snorkeling, hiking, diving and beachcombing.
Great Harbour Cay Marina
Just returning from two months in the Berry Islands of which we spent 15 days in Great Harbour Cay Marina. I can’t say enough good things about our stay there. Friendly, helpful staff always there to grab your lines when you’re arriving or help get you out when you leave. Totally protected, peaceful and quiet, very well maintained modern facilities and very reasonable rates. Excellent internet on your boat. Reasonable twice daily scheduled air service from Nassau. I highly recommend this facility to anyone in the area. Ask for Hans – he’ll take care of you.
The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is pleased to let the cruising community know that we are partnering with Lewis Offshore, LLC’s Explorer Chartbooks to share timely and useful information concerning cruising in the Bahamas. “Explorer Chartbooks” have 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com has been well received. Extending this valuable information to “The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net” will expand their offering coverage in the best interest of the cruising community to make for safe and enjoyable cruising – supporting the notion of “know before you go”.
We look forward to hearing from you, our readers, as to how we can make this partnership more valuable for you.
We are pleased and look forward to working with Monty, Sara and the Lewis Offshore, LLC.
CLICK HERE For ExplorerCharts May 15 Dockage and Fuel Survey.
This request for bridge clearance by Skipper Charles was prompted by a discussion of the Grand Lucayan Waterway back in 2010, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=31487. If you have recent experience dealing with bridge height in the Waterway, let us hear from you! The Grand Lucayan Waterway is a north/south passage that allows boaters to travel from Dover Sound, which is on the north side of Grand Bahama, to the Northwest Providence Channel on the southern side of the island. The Casuarina Bridge crosses the waterway with a charted 27-foot fixed vertical clearance.
What is the real clearance of the bridge on the Lucaya waterway?
This warning has been posted on several websites including AGLCA’s Forum. The author is not very specific about the location of the shoaling, so we have to assume the shoaling is somewhere in the main entry channel between North and South Bimini.
Attention to boaters coming to BIMINI, Bahamas. Last week storm shoaled the channel entrance and now it’s 5′ at low tide instead of 10’. I almost get stock this morning at 5 am and with the swell, not nice when your boat is bouncing on top of sand bar while you tried to get out of there… If you know anyone coming this week, tell them to arrive at high tide until they dredge the channel again.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club would be the perfect stopover on your way to attend the George Town Cruising Regatta, because they get very high marks from cruisers, as in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126893, and, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!
Welcome to the 35th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta to be held starting February 19 – 28, 2015 . I am proud to serve as Chairman for this year’s regatta and we are going to have a great time.
Our Theme for 2015 is “Return to Margaritaville” so dig out those flowered shirts, coconut bras and go buy a parrot. Our Opening night and Variety Show will again be held with the George Town people in Regatta Park. I know you can put an act together to show your talents or just make a fool of yourself like I did last year.
We again have 3 races for the Cruisers as well as a Rally to Long Island to enjoy another beautiful Family Island of the Bahamas. Post Race Parties will be at the sponsors resort. Even if you don’t want to race your boat, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy.
Our Regattas are successful because everyone helps out. Tell your friends, let your local boating newspapers know and come on out and have fun.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in George Town in 2015.
Oliver and Pam Sinclair
Chairman for 2014-5
Staniel Cay Yacht Club would be the perfect stopover on your way to attend the 5-F’s, because they get very high marks from cruisers, as in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126893, and, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!
The famous “5-Fs” – for First, Friday, February, Farmers and Festival – is an annual homecoming event for this tiny settlement in the Exumas, and a favorite for cruisers. The celebration includes Bahamian Class-C sloop races, great Bahamian food, and lots of games and activities for the whole family. February 6-7, 2015 on Little Farmer’s Cay.
Now that many of you are in southern waters and maybe headed for the Bahamas, don’t miss this opportunity to link with the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club. Check them out (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144940) and learn of the many exciting benefits a membership can bring and all the enjoyment it can add to your time in and around Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. Drop a note to the club’s commodore, John F. Conley, at: email@example.com, or their membership Commodore, Valerie Nucci, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep us posted on all your fun times.
Our thanks to friends Chuck and Susan for sending this article by Natario McKensie in Tribune242. From the Bahamas Trust Chairman’s remarks, you can see that he doesn’t think much of transients from the US.
Trust Chief: Anchorage Fees Must Be Nationwide
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) chairman has called for anchorage fees to be imposed in mooring spots throughout the Bahamas.
Addressing the ninth annual Exuma Business Outlook conference, Eric Carey noted that while the BNT had implemented anchorage fees at the Exuma Land & Sea Park to cover its annual operating expenses and upgrade infrastructure, the initiative was one he believed should be implemented in other areas.
“We need to think about doing these sorts of initiatives in other areas like Elizabeth Harbour off of Black Point, Staniel Cay and Nassau Harbour,” he said.
“They come down there they anchor and they pay absolutely nothing and they come fully stocked. Half of the time they don’t even spend $5 in the Bahamas and what do they eat? Our fish,” said Mr Carey.
For the rest of the article, go to:
Please give a big welcome to Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, the newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! RMHYC has already attracted a number of SSECN readers to its membership who report a wealth of activities through club membership. A wonderful way to get truly involved in the spirit of the Abacos! Be sure to tell them SSECN sent you!
RMHYC is a yacht club based in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, an island group in the northern Bahamas. Boaters, both power and sail, as well as land-based members, enjoy the gin-clear waters surrounding the Sea of Abaco and participate in many social activities.
Year after year, members from all over the United States and Canada spend the winter at several local marinas and the pristine anchorages of the Sea of Abaco. Once you arrive in Abaco you won’t want to leave!
Membership provides the opportunity to participate in incredibly varied activities and far reaching discounts. You may choose to participate in any activity or none at all, but nearly everyone enjoys our membership discounts!
The standard one-year membership includes annual dues of $30 and a one-time initiation fee of $120, which includes a Club Burgee, that will be mailed to your primary address. If a person pays between October 1st and December 30th, their dues will be considered paid for both the current and following year. For more information, go to http://www.rmhyc.com/
And on your voyage south, be sure to take along “The Great Book of Anchorages, Bahamas” by Susan Landry and Chuck Baier. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122059
As reported by Mike Ahart in Waterway News Updates, http://www.waterwayguide.com/waterway-updates/news/BAH/3928/Chikungunya-virus-spreads-to-Turks-&-Caicos-is-the-Bahamas-next??utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News-and-Navigation-Blasts&utm_content=CWU-6-26-2014-final, the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been spreading through the Caribbean and has reached the Turks & Caicos. Health officials in the Bahamas expect that it will soon spread into the Bahamas.
ALTHOUGH no cases of the chikungunya virus have been detected in the Bahamas, the virus is “likely” to arrive and infect people in the country, according to a local health official.
Dr Delon Brennen, chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health, told The Tribune yesterday that it would be improbable for the Bahamas to escape infections from the fast-spreading virus.
“It’s impossible to predict when, but it’s spreading throughout the Caribbean and has come as high as Turks and Caicos island,” he said. “With all the travel and trade throughout the Caribbean, it’s likely to come here.”
Cases of the virus have already been detected in the United States. Dr Brennen said whether many of this country’s residents are affected will depend partly on the quality of precautionary measures they take.
By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
For the full story in the Tribune242.com article, go to http://www.tribune242.com/news/2014/jun/25/chikungunya-virus-likely-affect-people-bahamas/
Staniel Cay Yacht Club gets very high marks from cruisers, as in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126893, because, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!
Staniel Cay Yacht Club Important Announcement
Exciting News! Major Dining Experience Renovations at SCYC! New seating, better capacity and even better food!
In order to make this happen, certain aspects of SCYC will be closed from September 16, 2014 through November 1, 2014.
The following will be CLOSED from 9/16/2014 – 11/1/2014: Breakfast, Dinner, & Bungalows (hotel)
HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING WILL REMAIN OPEN: Marina, Fuel Dock, Lunch (daily grill out on the marina), Ice/Garbage, Bar (drinks only – no “bar food”), Gift Shop/Liquor Store, WiFi Internet
We know you are going to love the changes!
Skipper Berman obviously has spent a good deal time in the Bahamas and most recently commented on Staniel Cay Yacht Club: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142927 He offers good advice on lengthy stays in the Bahamas.
We could likely write a book about “stories” concerning the frustrations and costs of getting parts, mechanics and repairs in the Bahamas. Own own “adventures” and others. What needs to be emphasized is the importance of getting the mechanicals in first class shape before entering the Bahamas, having an abundance of spares aboard and then if difficulties arise being prepared to take ones vessel back to Florida. Even if it has to be towed. What is especially galling is having to pay a “hefty duty” for flying in a skilled engine mechanic on top of the duties levied on the parts. The upside is that for the most part the Bahamas are not crowded outside the major tourist areas. Few Americans keep their boats in the Bahamas for extended periods. How would they get repairs/maintenance ?
Cruising to the Bahamas is always an “adventure”.
Peter I Berman
Usually, Staniel Cay Yacht Club gets very high marks, as in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126893, because, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!
Quality food supplies are a problem. And the surrounding anchorage is not friendly in a real blow. Together with many shoal areas. Areas north and south of Staniel offer some of the most magnificent secluded anchorages on the planet. But Staniel does have its bar. And nearby Thunderball.
Skipper Jerry is asking for your input into a cruise he is planning. He has given us his email so you can communicate directly. While the bulk of the cruise will be well beyond the waters covered by SSECN, we know that many of you have made the trip he is proposing. If you have advice for Skipper Jerry, give him a shout!
I’m looking for input from SSEC members who have sailed recently to Guatemala through Mexico. I will be sailing from Fort Myers Beach and am interested in any customs problems and piracy issues. email@example.com
Parker Yachts is located at 225 SW 32nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, (954) 463-1515, www.parkeryacht.com
For the second time on our cruise this year, we’ve had tremendous help from a marine business. This time, we were stranded in George Town, Exumas with two non-working engines. Our catamaran has two T9.9 Yamahas. We’d been down one engine for a couple of weeks, and lost the second engine on our arrival in George Town. After trouble-shooting the issues, we determined we needed a replacement CDI, Pulser Coil, and Charge Coil. These parts were not available in the Bahamas so we called several parts dealers in the States. All estimated at least a two-week delivery just to get the parts to their own shops. Susan at Parker Yachts understood our plight and was sympathetic. She managed to get us all that we needed in a matter of days, and personally delivered them to Reggie Express Air for flight directly to George Town. We can’t say enough about how terrific Susan was to work with. Her communication, sense of humor, professionalism, and ability to get what you need FAST is exemplary. Our thanks to Susan and Parker Yachts for helping us to get our engines up and running and our cruise under way again.
George and Karen Schietinger s/v Tara
Captain Andrus’ remarks are in response to several cruisers’ 2010 comments on Bahamian Duty regulations (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=29222). If you have had similar difficulties or experiences, let us hear from you.
Beware! Take a copy of the duty rules! I have a 6 month cruise prtmit on my 35′ trawler, paid $300. Went home, our gps had a problem and couldn’t be fixed in Freeport. When I brought my obviously used GPS back, with my cruise permit and Canadian registration, I was singed a 45% duty.. Yes, 45% on it, and on a new dragonfly I bought to install on the boat. To add to the insult, the person working the cashiers booth hadn’t shown up for work… Nassau Int’l Airport, Friday, 9:30 am, so I either had to find the $1200 cash or wait. AND they assessed the duty for the Raymarine Dragonfly on the retail price AND the 15% HST – boy am I pissed.