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  • 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

    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: 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…

    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: 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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    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.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Gulfstream navigation

    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: Gulfstream navigation
    Gulfstream navigation
    Posted: 27 Oct 2016 04:22 AM PDT
    While not a navigation school, the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, in Coconut Grove Florida does offer informational sessions as we prepare for our annual “Adventure Rendezvous” which will be coming up in the spring of 2017. We generally have sessions that address Gulf Stream navigation, vessel preparation and safety, local knowledge – customs etc. In the past we have circumnavigated the Florida Keys, gone to Bimini, and the Abacos. For spring of 2017 we are considering the Exumas or Cuba. Please contact lauren simpson at manager@cgsc.org and ask to be put on our cruising and rendezvous email list for future invites to meetings.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Looking for a Navigation School

    Following Hurricane Matthew, it is so good to get more news from our friends in the Bahamas via Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: Looking for a Navigation School
    Looking for a Navigation School
    Posted: 26 Oct 2016 04:22 AM PDT
    I am looking for a school to learn basic navigation, especially reading charts, my goal is to get a boat and cross from Florida to the Bahamas Islands, starting with Bimini and eventually Grand Bahama and then Nassau.

    If there a school that offers basic navigation, I don’t want to do all self studies, I have questions and need answers.

  • Bahamas Chatter: ABM reports most marinas open

    Following Hurricane Matthew, it is so good to get more news from our friends in the Bahamas via Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: ABM reports most marinas open
    ABM reports most marinas open
    Posted: 25 Oct 2016 04:44 AM PDT
    The 47 marina and allied members of the Association of Bahamas Marinas are open for business and are anticipating a busy winter season, almost all members having experienced no significant damage during the recent hurricane Matthew, according to ABM president Stephen Kappeler. Read More

    ABM members were reporting full restoration of power and water to their docks and resorts within a day or two of the hurricane, the small eye of which traveled over the Exumas, Nassau, Chub Cay and Grand Bahama Island. All the Exuma marinas including Highbourne Cay and The Marina at Emerald Bay (Sandals) reported no or slight damage with Safe Harbour at Cave Cay soon to repair two damaged docks and fully operational with other docks.

    In Nassau and Paradise Island, all marinas escaped unscathed. In the harbour, Bay Street Marina and Nassau Yacht Haven reported no damage and are fully functional. Palm Cay on the southeast coast of New Providence only had a couple of channel markers misplaced while marinas at Lyford Cay and Albany were undamaged. Albany chose to close temporarily to cleanup foliage and make the luxury estate pristine.

    In Grand Bahama, Old Bahama Bay & Yacht Harbour is open for business, waiting to be reconnected with power soon. Bradford Marine in Freeport Harbour is up and running with restored power for its dry dock, travel lift and all its repair services. Port Lucaya Marina is open for yachts, having reported a few vessels underwater while Grand Bahama Yacht Club’s clubhouse and docks are fine. On Friday October 21, power and internet returned to Port Lucaya Marina and the power company expects Grand Bahama Yacht Club to have power by Saturday. (From an article in thebahamasweekly.com)  

  • Bahamas Chatter: West End, Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage

    Following Hurricane Matthew, it is so good to get news from our friends at Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: West End, Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage
    West End, Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage
    Posted: 22 Oct 2016 09:26 AM PDT
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Read More

    West End, Grand Bahama Island. The Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, located at West End, Grand Bahama Island reports minimal damage from Hurricane Matthew and plans to reopen as soon as island power and water is restored. The marina and the adjacent West End Airport have already reopened, and are being used to bring in relief supplies to the resort and adjacent West End Villagers.

    “Old Bahama Bay was fortunate that no major damage was inflicted by wind, rain, and storm surge” said John MacDonald, President of Island Ventures Resort & Club – the company owned by condo-hotel owners that operates the Resort. We’ll very soon be again welcoming resort hotel and marina guests.”

    “The West End Village and the balance of Grand Bahama were not so fortunate, suffering significant structural damage to homes and businesses. Power lines are down nearly everywhere, and families are struggling to cope with this devastation,” said James Culmer, Resort General Manager. Fortunately there were no serious injuries and no fatalities. “We have organized an armada of boats and planes that are ferrying relief supplies daily.” We have also set-up two relief funds for cash donations.”

    “Old Bahama Bay property owners and past guests are responding with high levels of generosity” said Al Ten Broek, Business Manager for the company. “We look forward to that continuing in much the same way it did twelve years ago when Hurricane Francis, Jeanne, and Wilma struck the island.” The Bahamian people are very resilient, are determined to see this through, and once again be host to our many loyal customers.”

    Food rations, water, dry goods, paper goods, dog and cat food, batteries, generators and other relief items can be delivered to three drop-off locations for delivery to the island.

    Four Fish Inn & Marina
    2225 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
    (t) 772-334-0936

    Pompano Beach Marine Center
    Attn: John or Jill
    Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
    (t) 954-946-1450

    Environmental Management Solutions
    7705 Progress Circle, Melbourne, Florida 32904
    (t) 800-510-8812

    Please coordinate any supply contributions with Beth Watson at 888-983-6188 or 954-763-6382.

    Cash donations can be sent to:

    The “Go Fund Me” account established by Old Bahama Bay at https://www.gofundme.com/OldBahamaBay
    The Kohn Foundation at www.thekohnfoundation.org
    Please contact Allen G. Ten Broek at agt@themarinergroup.com for additional information as needed.

  • Damage Report from the Bahamas

    Our thanks to good friend, Greg Allard, for this report.

    I’ve been in contact with the Bimini Sands Marina, which is on South Bimini. Jonisha at the marina advises that they had no damage, and they are fully operational. This is good news.

    The early reports from West End, Port Lucaya and the Grand Bahama Yacht Club (all on Grand Bahama) indicate that they are not open; the amount of damage is unknown. Since those marinas, and their counterparts on Bimini are the
    two main points of entry into the Bahamas for most cruisers, those heading to the Bahamas may find themselves relying on Bimini as their first port-of-call until the marinas on Grand Bahama reopen.
    Greg Allard

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Ocean Reef Yacht Club…Grand Bahama” plus 2 more

    Following Hurricane Matthew, it is so good to get news from our friends at Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: “Ocean Reef Yacht Club…Grand Bahama” plus 2 more
    Ocean Reef Yacht Club…Grand Bahama
    Report from George Town, Exuma
    Report from the Abacos

  • Bahamas Chatter: “From Homestead FL to Nassau Bahamas” plus 1 more

    Following Hurricane Matthew, it is so good to get news from our friends at Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: “From Homestead FL to Nassau Bahamas” plus 1 more
    From Homestead FL to Nassau Bahamas
    Posted: 09 Oct 2016 01:01 PM PDT
    Hi Boaters;

    On a 42 feet boat what is the best route from Homestead FL to Nassau Bahamas. This will be my first trip.

    Bimini
    Posted: 09 Oct 2016 05:13 AM PDT
    Has anyone heard or been to Bimini and how it held up to the storm?…DenO

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Ocean Reef Yacht Club…Grand Bahama” plus 2 more

    It is so good to get news from our friends at Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: “Ocean Reef Yacht Club…Grand Bahama” plus 2 more
    Ocean Reef Yacht Club…Grand Bahama
    Posted: 07 Oct 2016 08:37 AM PDT
    Has anyone heard how ORYC faired through the storm?..I believe they were on the east edge of the eye wall…DenO
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    Report from George Town, Exuma
    Posted: 07 Oct 2016 06:48 AM PDT
    Some boats at the houseboat dock in kids cove got a thorough thrashing. None sunk, but major upper hull and deck damage when lines parted and they were hitting each other.

    Nine boats broke free in the hurricane holes. Three or four holed with damage and sunk.

    Three in behind February point that will probably have to get cranes to plop them back in. Two more sank behind crab cay.

    But no injuries down here that we know if either. The surge in the south wasn’t tooooo bad. Don’t know about Moss Town area, but it was probably 5-6 feet. Far far less than Lilly!

    Report from the Abacos
    Posted: 07 Oct 2016 06:45 AM PDT
    All is fine on Abaco. She never lost the internet or power. The worst was this morning with tstorms. Gusting to 50 and lots of rain. About 3 to 4″. All cleared up now.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Report from Staniel Cay, Exumas” plus 1 more

    This is the first news we’ve had from our friends at Explorer Chartbooks – long the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits – and we are delighted that they have survived Matthew. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER!

    Bahamas Chatter: “Report from Staniel Cay, Exumas” plus 1 more
    Report from Staniel Cay, Exumas
    Posted: 06 Oct 2016 10:33 AM PDT
    Thursday morning:
    Good morning! – and it is a GOOD one. The worst is past, and there have been no VHF reports of extreme or emergency situations. It is still raining on and off; winds are still high, approx 70, but apparently ALL have made it OK. Nobody slept, the howling was even louder than the thunder, with branches and debris hitting the roof. The eye stayed 40 miles or so offshore, and that help keep the wind speed down a bit. Also was worst at mid – low tide. A few are braving the wind and doing a quick check. Some shingles off their houses, trees, branches, debris everywhere. More later. They will have their hands full with clean-up. Power still off, but has had internet! Another amazement!! We are all very grateful!

    Hurricane Matthew Pounds Bahamas
    Posted: 06 Oct 2016 07:55 AM PDT
    Excerpt from Weather Underground blog by Dr. Jeff Masters with reports from Great Exuma and Staniel Cay.

    Read the full article here:

    https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3467

    Excerpt: Read More

    The Bahamas getting pounded
    At 2:19 am EDT Thursday, winds at a personal weather station (PWS) on Staniel Cay, Exumas, located in the strong right eyewall of Matthew, about 30 miles east-northeast of hurricane’s center, peaked at 92 mph, gusting to 101 mph. The pressure bottomed out at 984 mb at that time, and 12.95” of rain fell in the 7-hour period midnight to 7 am EDT.

    WU member ExumaMET reported this from the island of Exuma, which Matthew sideswiped on Wednesday evening: Morning all. It was an intense night here. I recorded Sustained winds over 100 and gusts way into category 4 strength with one gust hitting 153mph before something took out my instrument. We’re still in tropical storm force and it should be interesting to see what the island looks like as the sun comes up.

    The dangerous right front quadrant with Matthew’s highest winds began pounding the most populous island in The Bahamas, New Providence, on Thursday morning around 8 am EDT. Winds at 9 am EDT at the Nassau airportwere 58 mph, gusting to 85 mph, and the pressure was falling rapidly. Extreme winds are the main danger on New Providence, though a storm surge of up to ten feet is possible. Fortunately, the capital of Nassau is on the more protected north side of the island, which is less vulnerable to storm surge. High tide is at 11:46 am EDT, and the highest storm surge will likely arrive shortly before then. Tidal range between low tide and high tide is about two feet, so the timing of the high tide relative to a possible ten-foot storm surge can contribute up to a 20% increase in the observed storm tide (the height of the water above ground.)

    The weaker left-side eyewall of Matthew will be punishing Andros Island late Thursday morning and into Thursday afternoon. Late Thursday afternoon, it will be Grand Bahama Island’s turn to receive a beating.
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    Figure 2. Enhanced infrared image of Matthew as of 8:37 am EDT Thursday, October 6, 2016.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Dockage rates at Cave Cay, 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: Dockage rates at Cave Cay, Exumas

    Dockage rates at Cave Cay, Exumas
    Posted: 29 Sep 2016 07:27 AM PDT
    Does anyone know what the rates for dockage is at Cave Cay? Daily, weekly, and monthly?
    Thanks DenO

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