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  • 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.

  • Report from Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya, Bahamas

    Our thanks to Greg Allard for this excellent report on Grand Bahama Yacht Club.


    Report from the Bahamas : Update on Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya – April 2016

    The Grand Bahama Yacht Club is to starboard after you come through the Bell Channel into Port Lucaya. It had been closed for several years, but has now reopened. It is owned by the same company which owns the Port Lucaya Marina, which is to port after you enter the harbor. This year we used Port Lucaya as a layover on our way to the outer Family Islands, and decided to try the Grand Bahama Yacht Club again. It was an excellent experience.

    Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya

    Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya

    The Yacht Club is a much quieter, more refined place than the busy and touristy Port Lucaya Marina and Marketplace. The grounds are well maintained, with large lawns. Five foot long tarpon and spotted rays regularly swam under the boat. There is a beautiful pool, with a small poolside bar and restaurant; sturdy, well-fendered concrete docks; 24 hour security; washers and (a) dryer; clean but older bathrooms and showers; good power and wi-fi. Jazz night on Thursdays, with live music. The dockmasters, Fabian and Aaron, are both just excellent, as is the entire staff. They will do – or arrange for – whatever you need to make your stay a good one. The published rates are $2.20 a foot, but if you intend to stay longer than a couple of days, we urge you to discuss with the dockmaster an outstanding monthly promotional monthly rate which runs through the end of 2016. There is a mandatory $10 a day water charge, and the electricity is metered at 60 cents per KWH. They can arrange for a reasonably priced rental car. There is an excellent Solomon’s Fresh Market about two miles away, and if you schedule with the marina ahead of time, they will take you there and pick you up.

    Pool area and bar, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya

    Pool area and bar, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya

    This marina would, in my view, qualify as a hurricane hole; there is not much fetch in any direction, the pilings are tall and the docks are solid. Much of the shoreline is natural vegetation. They run a free boat-shuttle service (a five minute trip) over to the Port Lucaya Marina and Marketplace, where you can clear through Customs and Immigration, or visit the restaurants and shops. At the Marketplace, the nice-little-Italian-restaurant “Cappuccinos” is one of our favorites, with excellent pastas and a great early-bird special. One of the highest rated restaurants in the Bahamas – and the Carribbean, is “Flying Fish”, adjacent to the Marketplace. It is very expensive, but it was the best restaurant meal we’ve had anywhere in ten years. Some local Bahamian friends go there for happy hour and their excellent appetizers, offered most evenings.

    The Customs and Immigration process at Port Lucaya is generally painless and quick, as is the case at West End/Settlement Point – on Grand Bahama. When checking into the Bahamas, don’t forget to have your Cruising Permit endorsed for fishing and for spearfishing, which does not cost anything extra.

    “Meander” at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya

    “Meander” at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Port Lucaya

    The Bell Channel entry, according to the dockmaster carries 6.5’ at low tide, but having been through there a number of times, I think that is a conservative estimate. We came through at dead low on April 13, 2016, and never had actual depths less than 7’ from our two carefully calibrated depth finders. The general guidance is that there is more water on the east side of the channel. In a strong onshore wind, larger waves in the entrance channel could reduces depths. The channel is clearly marked, but be sure to start your approach into Bell Channel from the small offshore white buoy, to avoid the reefs.

    The fuel dock is no longer located at the Port Lucaya marina; it was moved to the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. [See Bahamas Chatter by SALTY SOUTHEST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER Explorer Chartbooks for fuel prices.  Current 4/12/2016 prices: Diesel  $3.34,  Gas  3.94 VAT included on both.]explorer-chartbooks

    We rented a car and explored the island, including the interesting Lucayan National Park with its historic upland caves, creeks and marshes full of wildlife, and beautiful beaches. You can also explore the interesting Lucayan Waterway in your dinghy. There is much more to see on Grand Bahama than we had imagined.

    In our view, while they are still refurbishing and updating this facility, it is well on its way to being a five star marina.

    Greg Allard
    M/V Meander

  • Bahamas Chatter: Spanish wells to Exuma route

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    Bahamas Chatter: Spanish wells to Exuma route

    Spanish wells to Exuma route
    Posted: 10 Apr 2016 02:27 PM PDT
    Looks like we may be heading to the Exumas from Harbor island in a week or so.

    The direct route from current cay to ship channel cay is tempting, as shown in the explorer chart books but with our 6+ draft I m a little concerned about the shoals just west of Finley cay. The area of coral heads just south can be avoided with a dogleg east, but what are the actual depths crossing the shallows there? Will try to get some tide obviously, schedule permitting.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Two businesses closed on Man-O-War Cay” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Two businesses closed on Man-O-War Cay” plus 1 more
    Two businesses closed on Man-O-War Cay
    Posted: 05 Apr 2016 06:30 AM PDT
    Albury’s Harbour Grocery and Lola Sawyer’s Home Bakery have closed on Man-O-War Cay, Abaco. This leaves Man-O-War Grocery as the only grocery store on Man-O-War Cay now.

    New fuel and dockage prices for April
    Posted: 04 Apr 2016 02:11 PM PDT
    Bad news for cruisers looking for better dockage deals as thirteen marinas raised their dockage prices since last month. Albany Marina on New Providence reported a daily resort service charge of $350 plus $6 a foot dockage making it the most expensive marina in the Bahamas and maybe the world.

    Diesel prices were down at a number of marinas while gasoline prices were generally up. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com. Only a few marinas couldn’t be contacted this month. They are highlighted in red on the survey so that you will know the prices are not necessarily current.

    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: “New restaurant open at Spanish Wells Yacht Haven” plus Navigation Question

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    Bahamas Chatter: “New restaurant open at Spanish Wells Yacht Haven” plus 1 more

    New restaurant open at Spanish Wells Yacht Haven
    Posted: 02 Apr 2016 06:27 AM PDT
    The Spanish Wells Yacht Haven restaurant (Wreckers) has just opened. It’s already apparent that they have too much landscaping and not enough parking along the road. Prices are not cheap, but not at Harbor Island rates. Food getting a good review, interesting presentation, some Greek leaning but with other offerings. A Spanish Wells pizza has all sorts of seafood on it. The restaurant is all open, but appears to have plastic curtains for inclement weather. The whole marina is quite attractive. It could be a game-changer for the Spanish Wells/Harbour Island area if it is managed well. (Information provided by a Spanish Wells resident)

    Transiting the Devil’s Backbone
    Posted: 01 Apr 2016 02:35 PM PDT
    We are in Spanish Wells, waiting out the winds to head north to the Abacos. There is a north entrance that goes through the Devil’s backbone, but the guide books warn you to not do that; hire a pilot ($120) to guide you through, or go south around Egg Island, then go north to the Abacos. I’ve been looking at the charts and I’m really tempted to save the 20 miles going around to make our transit to Little Harbour easier. We are on a 36′ Grand Banks trawler with a 4.5 foot draft. Any thoughts from anyone?

  • Bahamas Chatter: Isles General?

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    Bahamas Chatter: Isles General?
    Isles General?
    Posted: 25 Mar 2016 09:48 AM PDT
    Hi,
    We’re heading for SCYC soon. We’ve heard that Isles General’s hours have become unpredictable. Is there any truth to this? If true, what are the alternatives?
    John (Duetto)

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Island Farm Produce at S. Palmetto Point” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Island Farm Produce at S. Palmetto Point” plus 1 more
    Island Farm Produce at S. Palmetto Point
    Posted: 22 Mar 2016 05:07 AM PDT
    Island Farm is a 20-minute walk from the anchorage. Great vegetable selection. New phone number is 332-0333 or cell #464-0992. Fresh-baked bread is sold at 9 AM Tuesday and Friday, but sells out quickly.

    Hatchet Bay Laundry
    Posted: 22 Mar 2016 04:55 AM PDT
    A large clean laundromat is located ~3/4 mile north of the Front Porch restaurant on Queens Hwy. It is Miracle Wash, 335-0003. $3 per wash and $4 per dryer.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “VAT Surprise” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “VAT Surprise” plus 1 more
    VAT Surprise
    Posted: 17 Mar 2016 03:54 AM PDT
    We recently had parts shipped to us in Marsh Harbour. We’ve discovered Abaco Freight in Jupiter, but that’s another blurb. Our water heater sprang a leak and needed a gasket. Parts supplier was in Boston, so we had gasket Fedex’ed Overnite to Jupiter and then Abaco Freight shipped it to MH via Cherokee Air. The parts were $52, Fedex US shipping was $70 (remember this number), Abaco Freight was $20. The invoice from the parts house showed $122. When I picked up the package the VAT was $11.41. I assumed the VAT would be on $52 + $20. Wrong! Remember that $70 US Fedex charge, that was also included.
    The moral of the story is try to minimize your TOTAL shipping cost, including all US shipping.
    John (MV Duetto)

    Shipping into Marsh Harbour (Abaco)
    Posted: 17 Mar 2016 03:53 AM PDT
    This is a quick note on getting packages shipped to Marsh Harbour from the US.
    We recently needed to have 2 steering cylinders shipped from the US. We’ve had small items sent in the past and have used Fedex with good results. The cylinders were approximately 3″x3″x36″ and weighed 7 lbs each. I priced the cylinders from 2 distributors and they were virtually the same price. The Fedex charge was vastly different, $275 vs $125. Even at the lower price I thought that I would explore alternatives. I called Aramak shippers in Marsh Harbour. They said it was too small for them but they put me in touch with Abaco Freight in Jupiter, FL. I emailed them and Kimber Mazzeo (nick@abacofreight.com), the owner, got back to me right away. She explained that based on my sizing, the shipping cost would be $40 and they take care of getting parts through customs. She also explained in detail that she needed electronic copies of the cruising permit and an electronic invoice with the boat’s name on it. So the process is the distributor ships to Abaco Freight c/o you. They put it on a Cherokee Air flight (m-w-f) and you pick it up at the Marsh Harbour airport. I have to say from the time we placed the order we had the parts within 5 business day with no drama.
    As an aside one of the distributors shipped for free, so the end to end shipping cost was $40.
    John (mv Duetto)

  • Bahamas Chatter: Route from Bimini to Stirrup Cay question

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    Bahamas Chatter: Route from Bimini to Stirrup Cay question
    Route from Bimini to Stirrup Cay question
    Posted: 11 Mar 2016 09:51 AM PST
    We intend to spend some time at Great Harbor Cay this year. We are interested in the route north of Bimini to Stirrup Cay. We draw 5.5 feet. Can anyone give us information on this route and it use with our draft?

  • Bahamas Chatter: Hazard in the Barraterre channel

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    Bahamas Chatter: Hazard in the Barraterre channel
    Hazard in the Barraterre channel
    Posted: 07 Mar 2016 04:14 AM PST
    A 20′ X 2′ X 1/2″ piece of fiberglass with one end in the mud bottom & one end at the surface has been found to exist in the channel north of Barraterre. The object is just west of the recommended route to Barraterre near 23° 42.167′ N 76°02.919′ W. See Chart EX 27, page 43, Explorer Chartbook Exumas and Ragged Islands, Seventh Edition.

  • Good Visit to Great Harbour Cay Marina, Berry Islands, Bahamas

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasAs Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas attest below, 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.  Great Harbour Cay is  located  mid-way between Freeport and Nassau.

    I want to preface this with a statement regarding our complete lack of experience. This is our first trip to the Bahamas and we are using, besides our navigation charts, the Explorer Chartbook for the Bahamas. The book needs some updating in terms of this Marina, so here goes:
    We arrived February 29, with no plans to stay here and no reservation. We had anchored out and thought, “why not?”
    We are so happy we did. The book did not really give this place the credit it now deserves. Thanks to the “campground hosts” Christel and Gary, this is a vibrant, thriving Marina with both transient and long term residents. The place is beautifully kept and clean, the water looks like an aquarium, there are resident manatees, everything works well including the wifi, and the staff is nothing short of amazing. There are activities almost every day, from dinghy convoys to places to view wildlife, festivals with food and drink from local vendors, potlucks, wine tasting, and pizza night. The marina is quiet from early evening til 8am, and people are gracious and polite. It is refreshingly safe and there is no need to lock things up.
    As far as the options offered on the island, the guidebook can tell you that in a minute or two. My reason for this entry is twofold: one, these are fairly recent developments, so the guidebooks might not tell you just how amazing this place has become, and the Berry Islands are not heavily visited. Two, it is clear that reservations are going to be essential from here on, as word is getting out that this is a great place to be, so plan ahead! We are here for one more week, waiting on a spell of Easter Winds to subside, and the Marina has been full since we arrived.
    Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas
    MV Santa Catalina de Guale

    We’ve enjoyed our stay here. It occurred to me, as we are preparing to leave, that a note about the approach might be helpful. The charts indicate that the entrance to the channel that leads to Great Harbour Cay Marina is marked with a range and a set of red/green markers at the entrance. If you could add that the range is no longer there, the red marker is on a post outside the entrance (as you approach this post keeping it on your right, the channel comes into view) but more importantly, the green marker that the chart shows on the left side of the entrance is gone. To make it a bit more exciting, there is a green square sign welcoming you to Great Harbour Cay, but it is on the right side of the entrance!! If you keep this to your left and the red marker to the right, you will go right into a rock wall.
    If you are coming in for the first time, this will be pretty confusing. Best do it in daylight.
    Thanks! On to the Eleutheras.
    MV Santa Catalina
    Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas

    http://www.greatharbourcaymarina.com/

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Is BTC back up and running okay after Joaquin?” plus 2 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Is BTC back up and running okay after Joaquin?” plus 2 more
    Is BTC back up and running okay after Joaquin?

    Long Island Relief…
    Posted: 04 Mar 2016 04:23 AM PST

    US State Department gives Bahamas a critical rating on crime
    Posted: 03 Mar 2016 02:20 PM PST
    Post Crime Rating: Critical

     

  • Bahamas Chatter: “New fuel and dockage prices for March” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “New fuel and dockage prices for March” plus 1 more
    New fuel and dockage prices for March
    Posted: 03 Mar 2016 10:57 AM PST
    Good news continues on fuel prices. But for a few exceptions prices are down. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com.

    Only a few marinas couldn’t be contacted this month. They are highlighted in red on the survey so that you will know the prices are not necessarily current.

    As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us to keep this survey updated. Send an email to sara@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find as you travel along these beautiful islands.

    Heading Ft. Laud 2 Marsh Harbor? Need Help With Raft Delivery
    Posted: 03 Mar 2016 04:17 AM PST
    During our Ft. Lauderdale to West End Crossing, we lost our life raft. We have a replacement raft being held at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. We are in the Abacos, Marsh Harbor area until May 1st and are looking for a east bound boat willing to pick up the life raft at LYC and meet us in the Marsh Harbor area to pick it up before the end of April. The raft is a 6 man, 50 pound container, the size of a regular suitcase. We are willing to compensate for the trouble.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Staniel Cay Missing Mail Boat” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Staniel Cay Missing Mail Boat” plus 1 more
    Staniel Cay Missing Mail Boat
    Posted: 01 Mar 2016 12:35 PM PST
    The Staniel Cay mail and supply boat is once again absent for want of a part. Last weeks mail boat still has not arrived. Supplies of perishable groceries are in very short supply and some of the restaurants are closed.

    Duncan Town – Fresh Water
    Posted: 01 Mar 2016 04:02 AM PST
    Does anybody know if it’s possible to fill jerry cans of fresh water in Duncan Town?

  • Bahamas Chatter: “New Routes for Watermakers Air” plus 2 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “New Routes for Watermakers Air” plus 2 more
    New Routes for Watermakers Air
    Outboard skiffs stolen from Wild Tamarind Cay
    Great Isaac and Great Stirrup Lights relit
    New Routes for Watermakers Air
    Posted: 29 Feb 2016 08:23 AM PST
    Watermakers Air, has begun regular passenger and freight air service into Great Exuma (GGT), N. Eleuthera (ELH), and Great Harbour Cay (GHC), from Fort Lauderdale. Perfect for all crew, guest, and supply needs for boaters!

    bahamas flights

    Please contact us for further information on scheduled flights, private charters, or freight services.

    Phone: (954) 771-0330
    General Fax: (954) 771-0499
    General Email:info@watermakersair.com
    Freight Fax: (954) 771-0499
    Freight Email:freight@watermakersair.com
    Website: www.watermakersair.com
    Facebook:www.facebook.com/watermakersair

    Our business hours are:
    Daily: 8am – 5pm
    Our Address at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport:
    Watermakers Air
    Hangar 19
    2331 NW 55th Court
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

    Outboard skiffs stolen from Wild Tamarind Cay
    Posted: 29 Feb 2016 06:50 AM PST
    BOLO – 2 Spanish Wells Skiffs Stolen from Wild Tamarind Cay (AKA Rat Cay), Exuma, south of Compass, north of Staniel Cay.
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    Please be on the look out for Cocoplum and Seagrape, two Spanish Wells Skiffs stolen from Wild Tamarind Cay night of Feb 22, 2016.
    Wild Tamarind Cay is next to Thomas Cay, a couple miles south of Compass Cay and a few miles north of Staniel. They are identical both with a Yamaha F150 outboard. The names are “Cocoplum II” and “Sea Grape”. Believed to be stolen at the same time so where one is also could be the next… There is a $5k reward being offered PER boat. If seen please contact Rachel at (242) 376-9935 or you can email vshippingbahamas@gmail.com.

    Please call Chris Lloyd at BASRA: 242 322-7412, 242 477-2941 or Bob 242 423-3700.

     

    Aerial searches so far have failed to locate the boats as of February 28.

    Great Isaac and Great Stirrup Lights relit
    Posted: 29 Feb 2016 05:07 AM PST
    The Aids to Navigation Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force reports that as January 1, 2016 the lighthouses at Great Isaac and Great Stirrup Cays were again working. Great Isaac Light (26° 01.75′ N/79° 05.25′ W) is shown on Near Bahamas Chartbook, Charts 2 and 5, pages 9 and 15. Great Stirrup light (25° 49.42′ N/77° 54.06′ W) appears on Near Bahamas Charts 4, 6, BER 1, and BER 2, pages 12, 17, 56, and 57.

    A spokesman for the RBDF advises they are making a concerted effort to get as many navigational lights working as fast as possible.

    No word yet on whether the Northwest Channel light is working.

  • Schedule of Flights to the Bahamas

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

    This schedule of Watermakers Air’s flights to the Bahamas comes from our friend Chris Pitney of Staniel Cay Yacht Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests.

    Hi Larry – just wanted to let you know that our sister company, Watermakers Air, has begun regular passenger and freight air service into Great Exuma (GGT), N. Eleuthera (ELH), and Great Harbour Cay (GHC), from Fort Lauderdale. Perfect for all crew, guest, and supply needs for cruisers! I’m attaching a map of our routes here in case you can share for us.
    Thanks!
    Chris
    SCYC

    bahamas flights

  • Bahamas Chatter: Turks and Caicos Radar Station

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    Bahamas Chatter: Turks and Caicos Radar Station
    Turks and Caicos Radar Station
    Posted: 26 Feb 2016 06:11 AM PST
    The Turks and Caicos Government operates a radar surveillance station that monitors vessels entering and departing their territorial waters. Vessels entering or leaving the twelve mile limit can contact the station by calling “Provo Radio”. The station operates 24/7 on VHF Channels 16 and 64 and also broadcasts navigational warnings and weather forecasts.

    The radar and radio transmitters are mounted on a 40 meter tower located in the South Dock area on Providenciales at 21° 44.44′ N/72° 16.26′ W. See Chart TC 3, page 78, Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas, Sixth Edition.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “George Town Cruisers Regatta Schedule” plus 2 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “George Town Cruisers Regatta Schedule” plus 2 more
    George Town Cruisers Regatta Schedule
    Posted: 24 Feb 2016 03:14 PM PST
    36th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta Event Schedule (Click Link Above)
    Theme – Color The Bahamas Everything is Subject to Weather

    Four navigational lights relit
    Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:42 AM PST
    The Aids to Navigation Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force advises that the following navigational lights in the Abaco area have been relit. All of the lights are shown in the Explorer Near Bahamas Chartbook:

    Comments can be directed to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 242-362-3091 or aton@rbdf.gov.bs

    Electronic Charts for the Bahamas
    Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:09 AM PST
    Conflicting info on the WEB, what is the best electronic charts for the Bahamas and Florida?

  • Praise for Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, Abaco, Northern Bahamas

    Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht ClubNow 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, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!.

    Larry,
    What a magnificent “virtual fellowship” I have had since joining RMHYC over since I saw them as a sponsor of SSEC. I’ve not actually been to Marsh Harbor yet as I am still “caregiving” in Hampton Roads.
    However, several members including their very astute and friendly Membership Coordinator (Val Nucci) have included me in up to date information and engaged me in email conversation.
    SO, Someday!

    Contact them at:
    Membership@rmhyc.com

    Tight Lines!
    Alan V. Cecil
    SIGMACHI
    Hampton Roads

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