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  • Bahamas Chatter: Planning first trip to Exumas!

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    Bahamas Chatter: Planning first trip to Exumas! Read More

    Planning first trip to Exumas!
    Posted: 16 Mar 2017 03:11 PM PDT
    I have done so much reading… and then more reading…

    320 EC World Cat – Two Adults – Two Children (6 & 8)… Past experience is running from Deerfield Beach FL to Fort Myers (Lake O, Ditch, etc.) as well as Deerfield Beach to Ft. Jefferson (Tortugas). Generator, AC, Ability to ice. Updated charts (Garmin G2 Vision and Raymarine Navionics +) and a Delorme Sat. Tracker… Also have iPad with Active Captain, etc.

    Caves, Pigs, Iguanas, Deans Hole (Maybe), Snorkeling, Lazy Beach Days…

    I’ve read so many different threads and blogs… sorting through things… I just changed wireless carries from MetroPCS to T-Mobile, and it appears that they are pretty good in many of the islands that we are looking at.

    So far we are leaving from Hillsboro Inlet (Pompano Beach, FL) and heading to Paradise Island (Atlantis Marina) for 2 nights. (Kids are begging to try the water park, and it looks like a logical place to do Customs, fuel, etc. (although we may stop in Bimini for fuel depending on circumstances). After the 2 nights in Paradise Island, there are NO PLANS. And this is 100% intentional. We have plans as far as fuel, etc. But we have no set dockage or anchorage plans. We will maintain a list of anchorages and/or dockage based on our location, but we really want to just enjoy the time and do as we please. Our only limitation is fresh water and fuel. We can carry around 40 gal of fresh water in our tank (not *exactly* potable)… and will have upward of 10 gal. of potable at any given time. This does not include our ice bottle system (Engel Freezer).

    So… now that you have a decent idea of our plans. Let’s hear it. The good, the bad, the ugly… My goat with this post is get some ideas as to “don’t miss this” items… and still fit with our laid back no plans ideal.

    Thanks!
    Pete

  • Bahamas Chatter: First timer

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    Bahamas Chatter: First timer
    First timer
    Posted: 15 Mar 2017 02:55 PM PDT
    I’m headed to Bahamas from Charleston SC Via Stuart, Fla. Frankly worried about grounding. Have 6.6′ draft sailboat. Have no clue where to first arrive and what best cruise plan/areas are. Could use some advice. I’m used to deep water sailing: Nova Scotia, Maine, New England, Bermuda.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “New BTC data rates” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “New BTC data rates” plus 1 more Read More!

    New BTC data rates
    Posted: 09 Mar 2017 01:55 PM PST
    Appears BTC has changed their data rates again.
    500mb $2.49 1 day
    1 GB $7 10 days
    2 GB $10 30 days
    3 GB $20 30 days
    4 GB $30 30 days
    All +vat

    Long Island Update
    Posted: 09 Mar 2017 05:36 AM PST
    Good news not only for the Long Island Rally heading for Salt Pond from George Town today but also for all cruisers to the Thompson Bay area. The former Pirates of the Caribbean, on the north shore of Thompson Bay, has reopened to offer several important services to yachts in the Bay. It is now called Tiny’s Hurricane Hole and boaters can take their dinghy there to enjoy a meal at the restaurant, use the WiFi, and even do laundry while relaxing with a beautiful view. Two of the cottages are available as well for those who want to bring guests to the island.

    Long Island Petroleum is fully operational with plenty of water at the new dock. However, a word of caution: the dredging may have left a little silt at the channel entrance, but it is easily manageable at high tide.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “North exit/entrance to Grand Bahama Waterway” plus 2 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “North exit/entrance to Grand Bahama Waterway” plus 2 more Read More

    North exit/entrance to Grand Bahama Waterway
    Posted: 03 Mar 2017 05:12 PM PST
    I know that Monty Lewis checked out the waterway’s north exit/entrance for depth, and found it to be passable for drafts of 5 to 6 feet at high tide. However, just recently talked to a fellow boater with a power cat, and indicated that he touched bottom, with 3 1/2 feet draft at high tide.

    I know there is a hard spot that must be avoided on the right side going out and he was not sure if this was what he touched or not.

    Has anyone been through the waterway recently, and if so, what was you draft and tide situation. Thanks…DenO

    Buddy Boat to the Abacos
    Posted: 03 Mar 2017 05:09 PM PST
    Planning Abaco trip from SW Florida (Punta Gorda) via Okeechobee leaving April 7, 8, or 9. 17+ knot power boat. Would like crossing buddy boat.

    swansontyler7@gmail.com
    Tyler Swanson

    Exuma Yacht club update
    Posted: 03 Mar 2017 05:04 PM PST
    Good news, they are fixing up the docks at Exuma Yacht Club. We were there a week ago (late February) and new planks had been installed on the main dock and there were making progress on the finger piers. Power working at some pedestals and both gas and diesel pumps working. Restaurant open as well.

  • Seeking A Crossing Buddy, West Florida to the Abacos

    If you are making this trip or a portion of the run, please contact Tyler.

    Planning Abaco trip from SW Florida (Punta Gorda) via Okeechobee leaving April 7, 8, or 9. 17+ knot power boat. Would like crossing buddy boat. swansontyler7@gmail.com
    Tyler Swanson

  • Bahamas Chatter: Traveling to the Exumas

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    Bahamas Chatter: Traveling to the Exumas 
    Traveling to the Exumas
    Posted: 27 Feb 2017 05:24 AM PST
    We were planning to travel from West Palm to the Exumas in June however the boat that was going to travel with us has backed out. Is there anyone going to the Exuma’s during that time if not maybe next year?

  • Bahamas Chatter: Propane Tank Dates

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    Bahamas Chatter: Propane Tank Dates  Read More

    Propane Tank Dates
    Posted: 22 Feb 2017 04:08 PM PST
    I want to make sure my tanks are legal for refilling when we get to the Bahamas. In the US it is 12 years from the date stamped on the tank and 5 years after retesting.

    Does the Bahamas have any requirements?bh

  • Bahamas Chatter: Repost: Another source for weather forecasts

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

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    Bahamas Chatter: Repost: Another source for weather forecasts Read More!

    Repost: Another source for weather forecasts
    Posted: 22 Feb 2017 08:06 AM PST
    Another source for weather forecasts
    Here is a link for Marvin Market’s free weather forecasts:

    www.marvsweather.com

    Marv has been offering this service for a number of years. Marv says… After checking out our daily buoy reports if you find them of use, feel free to sign up for our free service and we will add you to our daily eMail list …

    also once you have had a chance to check out our free service please feel free to share our free service via your Bahamas Chatter …

    please let us know if you have any questions .

    marvboater1@aol.com

  • Bahamas Chatter: “ALIV Phone Service” plus 1 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “ALIV Phone Service” plus 1 more READ MORE!

    ALIV Phone Service
    Posted: 21 Feb 2017 09:41 AM PST
    There is a new phone plan available called ALIV with calls to the Bahamas, U.S. and Canada. Their website is bealiv.com. They offer 7- and 30-day prepaid plans as well as smartphones of various brands.

    Has anyone of our subscribers used this plan? Can you give us a report on how and where it works. All of our Chatter subscribers would be interested in knowing about this new phone service and/or company for Bahamas cruisers.

    Clearing in at West End
    Posted: 20 Feb 2017 05:09 PM PST
    White Pepper cleared in at West End last Sunday. Everything went well. Customs and Immigration were very professional as always. However, I was asked about pets for the first time in 5 clearings. Just a heads up. If you clear in at West End have your pet documentation in order.

  • Bahamas Chatter: New Vet established in Eleuthra

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    Bahamas Chatter: New Vet established in Eleuthra READ MORE!

    New Vet established in Eleuthra
    Posted: 20 Feb 2017 04:59 AM PST
    Eleuthra has a vetinarian now. Dr Sands-Johnson has established a roving practice here in Eleuthra, and should have a clinc up and running sometime in the next month in Rock Sound.
    The practice is called Noah’s Ark Animal Center.
    She does house/dock/boat calls!
    Reasonable rates as well.
    Email is noahsark.eleu@gmail.com
    The clinic is on fb, follow her and you will see when it opens.
  • Bahamas Chatter: Explorer Chartbook Waypoint Corrections

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

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    Bahamas Chatter: Explorer Chartbook Waypoint Corrections
    Explorer Chartbook Waypoint Corrections  READ MORE!

    Posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:20 AM PST
    Three errors have been found in Waypoint Lists in two chartbooks. Please note the following in your books:

    EXPLORER CHARTBOOK NEAR BAHAMAS

    On the Waypoint List on p. 62, there is an error in the Schooner Bay waypoint. (The same waypoint on Chart 4 p. 13 and Chart AB 25 on p. 46 is correct on the charts; the error is only on the Waypoint List.)
    Please change the Schooner Bay waypoint on p. 62 to

    26° 10.50’N
    77° 09.95’ W.

    EXPLORER CHARTBOOK FAR BAHAMAS

    On the Waypoint List on p. 55, there is an error in the French Bay (San Salvador) waypoint and the French Cay (Turks & Caicos) waypoint. (The same waypoints on Chart SAN 1 p. 41, Chart SAN 3 p. 42, and Chart TC1 p. 74 are correct on the charts; the error is only on the Waypoint List.)

    Please change the French Bay waypoint on p. 55 to
    23° 56.35’N
    72° 33.05’ W.

    and the French Cay waypoint on p. 55 to

    21° 30.30’N
    72° 12.40’ W.

    Thanks much to Captain Bradley Elder for pointing out two of these errors and helping us to find the third. Many times we are asked for a digital waypoint list so the captain can plug in the entire list of waypoints into the GPS chartplotter. This type of transcription error is exactly why we don’t make available a digital waypoint list. We always say that it is not wise to enter a list because of the possibility of errors in the original list. It is best to type in and verify your own list of the waypoints you actually use. It’s not necessary to have all the waypoints on your GPS; you can never use all of them. On our vessel, we put in waypoints only as necessary that we need for the trip. We check them carefully as we enter them to see if they appear on the right place on the chart.

    After all the proofreading we do, we still somehow missed these errors. We greatly apologize for these mistakes but are grateful that they have been caught and corrected.

    We encourage you to let us know of anything else you suspect might not be correct so that we can check it and rectify any mistakes.

    Monty Lewis

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Abacos Update” plus 3 more

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    Bahamas Chatter: “Abacos Update” plus 3 more READ MORE!

    Abacos Update
    Report on Questionable Fuel Service
    Treasure Cay Valentines
    Spanish Wells Update
    Abacos Update
    Posted: 09 Feb 2017 12:29 PM PST
    Abaco Update

    As we travel the Abacos, we are pleased to share with you things that have changed since our 7th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas. We recently updated you on Spanish Cay and Green Turtle Cay and now we can add our findings for the rest of the island group.

    Sara and Monty Lewis

    NAVIGATION NOTES: North Bar Channel—wreck of a stranded barge on the north tip of Linyard Cay.

    Marsh Harbour— entering the harbour only the red buoy is lighted, not the green buoy. The flashing green lights shown on the chart at Outer Point Cay and Inner Point Cay are not functioning.

    GREAT GUANA CAY

    Guana Hideaways Marina is not operational.

    TREASURE CAY

    American and Delta now fly to both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports. Tropic Ocean has added flights to MHH as well.

    The phone number for the Treasure Cay fuel dock is 242-365-8869.

    New numbers under MEDICAL SERVICES. Integrated Medical Center 242-365-8186/8092 and Emergency 242-458-1234.

    The price of the moorings is now $30/night and the anchoring fee in the basin has gone up to $20/night.

    Add Bahamas Beach Club and Treasure Sands Club to RESTAURANTS.

    MAN O WAR CAY

    A disappointment for lovers of baked goods, Lola Sawyer no longer delivers her sweets and treats by golf cart. However, Ena’s Place Bakery (242-365-6060/475-8118) has taken over providing bread and other goodies. She comes around to the marina and the MOW Grocery and you can also call her for custom orders.

    Under FERRY, add G&L, a new enterprise from Grant Albury with regular schedules to Marsh Harbour and other spots as well as a charter ferry service for special needs, such as your guests flying in to meet you on the island 242-366-6208.

    The government clinic is closed. There is no set schedule for the doctor visits.

    Some changes under RESTAURANTS: Islanders Seaside and Island Treats Ice Cream are closed. The good news is, in addition to the Dock n Dine at the marina, the Hibiscus has reopened and also added an ice cream shop to the side of the building.

    There is a new gift and straw shop as part of the marina complex. It is called Native Jewels and it carries high quality all- Bahamian straw work, jewelry and other gifts. 242-425-0265.

    HOPE TOWN

    For GROCERIES, Albury’s Fish Market, Salty’s Sky Market and Sweetings are no longer in operation.

    The former Hope Town Hideaways Marina is now a part of the newly expanded Hope Town Inn and Marina.

    Sea Spray Resort and Marina is undergoing some improvements and expansion of the dockside restaurant and bar under its new ownership.

    As with most Bahamian communities, public phones are no longer available in town.

    The Sugar Shack burned and its Sun-Dried T’s is gone along with it.

    MARSH HARBOUR

    Customs and Immigration will come to the marina docks to clear you in.

    Long’s Landing (seafood market) is closed. In its place is the Island Sports Bar.

    Marsh Harbour Boatyards also has fuel

    The Double R Convenience Store is across the street from the Conch Inn.

    The number for the Ambulance is 242-359-6282.

    FLIGHTS: Baer Air and Island Express are no longer flying in to MH or Treasure Cay.

    No obvious changes in the other island communities.

    Report on Questionable Fuel Service
    Posted: 09 Feb 2017 08:09 AM PST
    Thanks to the Salty Southeast cruisersnet.net for sharing the following:

    J.D. French – February 7, 2017 – 9:11 pm
    After 31/2 weeks of mixed activities (fishing,snorkeling, cruising) very active and on the boat a lot. We traveled from Walkers down to Hopetown and back up to Walkers with several hotel and fuel splashes at same locations each direction. Returning to Ft. Pierce mid June from Walkers area with a safety margin of fuel of 8o gallons. I have been powerboat crossing since the 1980s to Bahamas . Without boring detaiils we ran out of fuel 30 miles out of Ft Pierce. Coast Guard Came to our rescue. Gotta Love those great guys ! To be honest my fuel gauge is very accurate , but my Flo-Scan is spot on. I logged all fuel gallons I paid for. After all said and done , I did not get all of the fuel I paid for. . Buyer Beware.

    Treasure Cay Valentines
    Posted: 09 Feb 2017 08:02 AM PST
    Treasure Cay, Abaco, is offering several Valentine’s Day specials. Check our their website at www.treasurecay.com.

    Spanish Wells Update
    Posted: 09 Feb 2017 07:54 AM PST
    Spanish Wells Yacht Haven has completed its major renovations and additions and is in full operation now. In addition to the 30-slip all-weather marina with its full services of dockage, fuel, water, and electricity, there is a new restaurant, pool and luxurious suites, plus laundry facilities. Dockage is $2.50/ft; suites, $250/night.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Indian Cay Channel, West End GB report

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    Bahamas Chatter: Indian Cay Channel, West End GB report
    Indian Cay Channel, West End GB report  READ MORE

    Posted: 07 Feb 2017 05:27 AM PST
    A Chatter subscriber reports:

    Just came thru Indian key channel 2 days ago. It’s fine–deeper than charted I thought. There is a good anchorage just around Settlement Point West End. An abandoned development in the canals is done with. Breakwater and lighted markers. 15? depth we saw. Made st lucie inlet florida from there in 12 hours in a 6 knot boat.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Railroad bridge, New River, Lauderdale…

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    Bahamas Chatter: Railroad bridge, New River, Lauderdale…
    Railroad bridge, New River, Lauderdale…[and see http://cruisersnet.net/161648]  Read More

     
    Posted: 05 Feb 2017 05:17 AM PST  
    Not exactly Bahamas chatter, however, I have learned that the railroad bridge that goes across the New River in Ft. Lauderdale, will be down, meaning really down, and not up from the 11th of Feb to the 23 of Feb. The Marine industry up the river and boaters are really upset about this…

    DenO

  • Bahamas Chatter: Still looking for info on depth south of andros and south of the tongue

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    Bahamas Chatter: Still looking for info on depth south of andros and south of the tongue
    Still looking for info on depth south of andros and south of the tongue Read More

    Posted: 03 Feb 2017 05:06 PM PST
    I asked a while back but haven’t really received any reply.

    I’d like to be able to get to the southern exumas and Gtown by running the bank on the west and south of andros, then stay south of the tongue and its shallows just south of the tongue before heading up toward pudding cut.

    All the research I ve done on line thru forums, blogs etc confirm the charts showing the run to the tongue around andros is deep enough with the usual occasional coral heads.

    The only unknown section is about 10nm SW of Hawksbill Rock (west of great exuma, just off the edge of chart EX 3) where there seem to be some 2 meters sounding.

    Does anyone have info on this area?

    It would be a nice route when the NW is its usual rough stretch.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Staniel Cay News: Watermakers Air Adds New Cessna Grand Caravan” plus 1 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: “Staniel Cay News: Watermakers Air Adds New Cessna Grand Caravan” plus 1 more
    Staniel Cay News: Watermakers Air Adds New Cessna Grand Caravan Read More!

    Posted: 02 Feb 2017 06:32 AM PST
    New! Starting March 1st, 2107

    Now fly in even more luxury to the Out Islands of the Bahamas.
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Watermakers Air is proud to announce the powerful Caravan EX as the newest
    addition to their fleet of Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Delivered direct from the Cessna factory, this
    state of the art Caravan EX will be the newest, most comfortable Caravan available in South
    Florida. The modern Caravan EX boasts a luxurious cabin our passengers are sure to enjoy, with
    executive leather seating, a wide aisle, and large windows to savor the beautiful views of the
    islands. Equipped with the most advanced technology in its class, the EX features the exceptional
    Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics suite. In addition, the larger engine and four-bladed prop allow
    for a faster cruising speed and provide an ultra-quiet and smooth ride.
    About

    Man O War Cay Boatbuilders’ Memorial Dedication
    Posted: 02 Feb 2017 06:07 AM PST
    On April 1, 2017, a dedication of a memorial to the Boatbuilders of Man o War Cay. The 2,400 pound lead keep from a man o war ship is being worked into a permanent exhibit on the island. The festivities include the launching of a locally-built sailing vessel plus demonstration of local crafts and other accompanying festivities. On April Fools Day, Man o War Cay in the Abacos is a good place to celebrate the past and link with the future.

    Here are two links to information on the memorial and planned dedication on April 1st:
    http://mowmemorial.org/dedication.pdf is the current plan for the dedication.

    http://mowmemorial.org/ describes the memorial itself. In the lower right corner is an animated GIF of a model of the memorial. There is a prize for any who spot the pelican and jumping dolphins :-).

    Join the islanders, ex-pats, boaters and other visitors for a great day in the Abacow.

  • Watermakers Air Expand Their Fleet for Flights to the Bahamas

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

    This good news for air travelers to the Bahamas announcement from Watermakers Air  comes from our friend Chris Pitney of Staniel Cay Yacht Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Watermaker Air is a sister company to Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

    New! Starting March 1st, 2107
    Watermakers Air Adds Brand New Cessna Grand Caravan EX To Their Fleet.
    Now fly in even more luxury to the Out Islands of the Bahamas. READ MORE!

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Watermakers Air is proud to announce the powerful Caravan EX as the newest addition to their fleet of Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Delivered direct from the Cessna factory, this state of the art Caravan EX will be the newest, most comfortable Caravan available in South Florida.  The modern Caravan EX boasts a luxurious cabin our passengers are sure to enjoy, with executive leather seating, a wide aisle, and large windows to savor the beautiful views of the islands.  Equipped with the most advanced technology in its class, the EX features the exceptional Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics suite. In addition, the larger engine and four-bladed prop allow for a faster cruising speed and provide an ultra-quiet and smooth ride.

    About Watermakers Air: Watermakers Air offers comfortable and reliable scheduled air service for both passengers and freight from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport to 10 Out Island airstrips in the Bahamas. Watermakers Air also offers private charters to destinations of your choice.

    Scheduled Passenger and Freight Service to:
    • Andros (San Andros, Fresh Creek, Congo Town)
    • Chub Cay
    • Great Harbour Cay
    • Eleuthera (North Eleuthera, Rock Sound)
    • Staniel Cay
    • Great Exuma
    • Cat Island (New Bight)

    Private Charters to the destination of your choice
    • Anywhere in the Bahamas or within 500 miles of Ft. Lauderdale
    (excluding Haiti and Cuba)

    Meet your Watermakers Air flight at our beautiful, private hangar at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport
    • Convenient to all South Florida international airports
    • Complimentary parking for passengers
    • Spacious, comfortable lobby with TV & WiFi
    • Complimentary snacks & beverages
    • Discounts offered to our passengers by local hotels

    Your Way To The Out Islands

    watermakersair.com

    All scheduled flights are operated by Exuma Cays Travel, Inc., a Public Charter Operator under the approved
    U.S. DOT 380 Public Charter Program, prospectus number PC-15-191.

    Jennifer Valencia
    Watermakers Air
    954-771-0330
    Jennifer@watermakersair.com

  • Bahamas Chatter: free wifi

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    Bahamas Chatter: free wifi
    free wifi
    Posted: 30 Jan 2017 04:59 AM PST
    Free wifi spots in the Bahamas please?

  • Bahamas Chatter: “New Fuel and Dockage Prices for January 2017” 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: “New Fuel and Dockage Prices for January 2017” plus 2 more
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    New Fuel and Dockage Prices for January 2017
    Posted: 27 Jan 2017 10:52 AM PST
    We just completed a survey of most of the marinas offering fuel and dockage in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time. Most diesel and gas prices were up, with a few exceptions.

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

    GREEN TURTLE CAY UPDATE JANUARY 2017
    Posted: 27 Jan 2017 08:03 AM PST
    Fortunately, the Abacos were spared any major damage in 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, which devastated parts of New Providence, Andros, and Grand Bahama.

    Green Turtle Cay seems to be bustling with activity with lots of yachts in the area. One new amenity since our last (7th) edition of the Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas is that Customs officers will come to your boat at a marina to clear you in. You no longer have to go to the Customs office in the New Plymouth settlement or at Treasure Cay. Certainly this is much more convenient than in the past.

    Another “amenity” to the area is the recent tourist interest in the swimming pigs of No Name Cay, south of Green Turtle Cay. For those having spent time in the Exumas, this is nothing new with the big attraction of feeding and swimming with the pigs at Big Major’s Spot (The Bay of Pigs!). However, in the Abacos, it is a huge tourist attraction with adventure cruises from the various islands bringing thrill-seekers to experience the excitement of getting in the water with 20 or more mama and papa pigs and their piglets.

    With the influx of more yachts in the winter season, Donny’s Boat Rentals has expanded into Donny’s Marina (in Black Sound). Donny offers dockage as well as moorings for safe protection from frontal passages and otherwise bad weather conditions. Leeward Yacht Club also offers a good choice of protection and services in Black Sound.

    The New Plymouth settlement now offers a new choice in Laure’s Kitchen (not to be confused with the former Bahamian Laura’s Kitchen) offering Asian cuisine in a small eat-in or carry-out café. In addition, a new gift shop, the Treasure Chest, has opened.

    In White Sound, both marinas—Bluff House and Green Turtle Club—are fully operational and welcoming to transiting yachts.

    GRAND BAHAMA: FREEPORT/LUCAYA UPDATE January 2017
    Posted: 27 Jan 2017 07:26 AM PST
    After surveying West End (see earlier posting), we visited the south shore of Grand Bahama, stopping in the four main channels to marinas and services.

    Off Freeport harbour, usually ships are anchored there. It is wise to stay clear of them.

    From west to east, the channel at the Explorer waypoint “Bahamia Bay,” the entrance is narrow and shoaled on the sides.
    Enter with caution. The Bahamia Bay Marina does not appear to be open or in any kind of repair after Hurricane Matthew. There were no lights at the entrance. Night entry of any of these smaller channels should not be attempted as you need to be able to read the water.

    The channel entrance at the “Sunrise” waypoint is also narrow and shoaled in places. Beware of the rock on the starboard side entering the channel just past the red marker. Sunrise Marina is beginning to open after the hurricane but still has much damage. A few boats are able to tie up at the face dock but other slips are inoperable at the present time.
    Knowles Marine is open and has fuel, hauling and boatyard service available.

    The channel at the “Ocean Reef” waypoint is also narrow and shoaled at the sides. Ocean Reef Marina has made great strides in repairs after the hurricane and is fully operational and almost filled to capacity.

    “Bell Channel” is in good condition as charted on Explorer Chart GB 6. Both Port Lucaya Marina and Grand Bahama Yacht Club are fully operational. Some of the Port Lucaya restaurants have not yet reopened but food and shops are open in the Lucayan Village. Fuel is available at GBYC but the restaurant is not yet open.

    The Grand Lucayan Waterway is open for all vessels of vertical clearance of less than 8.3 meters at high water at the Casuarina Road Bridge. Since our last 7th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas, there is a new bridge across the waterway at The Narrows, where the Grand Bahama Highway crosses. Although we do not have official measurements, it appears to be higher than the older Casuarina Road Bridge.

    There are new pole markers in place at the dredged channel entrance to Dover Sound. The controlling depth is 1.2 meters at low water, which is approximately 2 ½ hours later than Nassau tide (on the other end of the waterway). The poles on each end of the dredged channel are currently lighted with red and green flashing lights.

    The pole charted northwest of Cormorant Point has been replaced and is currently lighted.

    Monty & Sara Lewis
    Explorer Chartbooks

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