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  • 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

    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: 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

  • Bahamas Chatter: Entrance into the pond at Normans

    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: Entrance into the pond at Normans

    Entrance into the pond at Normans
    Posted: 22 Jan 2017 04:53 AM PST
    Does anyone know, if the inside entrance over the sand bar, will still carry 6 feet at high water? This is inside the rocks into the pond at Normans, and not the normal anchorage area of the dock. DenO

  • Bahamas Chatter: Old Bahama Bay

    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: Old Bahama Bay
    Old Bahama Bay
    Posted: 19 Jan 2017 04:25 AM PST
    Although Hurricane Matthew hit Grand Bahama with a wallop, Old Bahama Bay Marina is able to accommodate traveling yachts. Electricity at the slips is not yet restored, but there is fuel, water, an excellent restaurant, and dockage at the reduced rate of $1/ft. The dockmaster brings Customs forms right to your slip, so clearing in is easy.

  • Winter Carnival at Staniel Yacht Club, Exumas, Bahamas

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

    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 offers an exciting end-of-year schedule of events!

    Like No Other Place On Earth.

    CLICK HERE FOR WINTER CARNIVAL SCHEDULE







  • Bahamas Chatter: QUESTIONABLE FUEL MEASUREMENTS IN 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.


    Bahamas Chatter: QUESTIONABLE FUEL MEASUREMENTS IN BAHAMAS

    QUESTIONABLE FUEL MEASUREMENTS IN BAHAMAS
    Posted: 23 Dec 2016 12:16 PM PST
    NOTE TO CRUISERS: Based on the article below, it is a good idea to verify that you are getting the amount of fuel that you pay for in the Bahamas. Please post on the Chatter any discrepancies you find. Read More!

    Excerpts of article By NEIL HARTNELL
    Tribune Business Editor

    Sir Franklyn Wilson yesterday said he was “shocked” and “amazed” by assertions from a Government regulator that consumers are being short-changed at 50 per cent of the Bahamas’ gasoline pumps.

    The FOCOL Holdings chairman said he was unaware of the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) findings, but emphasised that neither his firm – nor any other oil industry player – would seek to deliberately cheat the Bahamian public.

    “I couldn’t agree more; you should get what you pay for. There’s certainly no intent from us other than for people to get what they paid for,” he told Tribune Business.”

    Dr Ferguson-Bufford gave little insight into her findings at last week’s conference other than the headline ‘50 per cent’ figure, and there was no mention of the gas stations and companies where consumers were not receiving the volume of gasoline they were paying for.

    Disclosing the Bureau’s ‘rip-off’ findings, she said an inspection of fuel stations by the Bureau had found only half of the pumps measured volumes accurately.

    “We have three major service providers, and we’re talking about all of them; we’re not targeting one over the other. We found issues with all of them. We have work to do. We found deficiencies.”

    “We spoke to them, and they got their technicians to deal with the issue right away. You should get what you pay for.”

    The Bahamas has three major fuel providers – Sol Petroleum/Esso (Bahamas); Rubis/Texaco (Bahamas) and Freeport Oil Company (FOCOL)/ Shell.
    The oil/gasoline industry has subsequently been tight-lipped on the Bureau’s findings, with retail dealers contacted by Tribune Business referring this newspaper to their supplier head offices.

  • Bahamas Chatter: West End Customs

    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: West End Customs

    West End Customs
    Posted: 20 Dec 2016 05:08 AM PST
    Has the customs and immigration office reopened at the West End?…thank you

  • Bahamas Chatter: West End Old Bahama Bay

    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: West End Old Bahama Bay
    West End Old Bahama Bay
    Posted: 19 Dec 2016 11:04 AM PST
    Passing thru Old Bahama Bay in the next few weeks. Last update was no water,electric, but docks OK. Any update from boaters who have stayed? Thanks, Jimmy

  • Bahamas Chatter: Chub Cay

    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: Chub Cay
    Chub Cay
    Posted: 18 Dec 2016 10:09 AM PST
    FYI Chub Cay Marina closed until sometime 2017. NO CUSTOMS CLEARANCE in Chub Cay.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Submitting Bahamas Chatter posts via email

    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: Submitting Bahamas Chatter posts via email
    Submitting Bahamas Chatter posts via email
    Posted: 16 Dec 2016 08:20 AM PST
    Hello cruisers!
    For those new to the group, we welcome your comments and posts! We offer two ways to post to accommodate your needs. Read More

    1. Go directly to chatter.explorercharts.com and post or comment from the web.

    2. Cruisers can now comment directly from email. Once you subscribe to the group, please email info@explorercharts.com and request permission to post to Bahamas Chatter via email. Your forum membership will be changed to “author” status at which point you can post or comment directly by sending your message to chatter@explorercharts.com.

    Thanks for your participation in this great group of cruisers willing and ready to share ideas and experiences!
    Kate Fears

  • Bahamas Chatter: T-mobil in 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.

    Bahamas Chatter: T-mobil in Bahamas?
    T-mobil in Bahamas?
    Posted: 15 Dec 2016 01:17 PM PST
    hi all,

    is anyone using their usa t-mobil data plan in bahamas? if so, is performance adequate for email, weather (windfinder), facebook, etc?

    john (duetto)

  • Bahamas Chatter: Moorings at Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra

    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: Moorings at Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra
    Moorings at Hatchett Bay, Eleuthra
    Posted: 07 Dec 2016 04:05 AM PST
    Friends report on arrival in Hatchett Bay they received a vhf call from Francis Porch that the moorings were no longer safe to use.

  • 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.

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