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  • More Discussion on “Exumas Customs Check In”

    Clearing customs in the Exumas can be an expensive and frustrating process. Captain Leonard offers some good advice on alternative landings.

    We cleared in after tying up at the Big Game Club, we got a ride in a golf cart to customs and is was done very smooth and with little effort. We have been to the Berry Island Club on Frazier’s Hog Cay, when Herbie was manager and Lincoln the chef and were not treated very well and were charged for everything!! Including $7 per load for washing clothes and the machine was broken!! We had to fill it with a garden hose!! Twice we gave over 24 hours notice for the restaurant and were forgotten both times!! When we ordered some supplies we got the Costco type refill (waaaaayyy tooo much) so hard to stow on a small yacht!! Needless to say, if you have to moor for a short time, it is a good place to wait out a storm, but I would move on as soon as possible, you will be a lot lighter in the pocket book if you don’t!! Everywhere else we went was wonderful. An even better place to go in the Berry Islands is Great Harbor, wonderful people and service!!
    Lynda Leonard-S/V Choctaw Brave

    Click Here To Read An Earlier Discussion on Check In

  • Brown’s Marina in Bimini

    You might want to caution your members about Brown’s Marina in Bimini – it is inherently exposed which was almost a problem last weekend …. when I pointed out to the dockmaster Mike he was cleating lines backwards he said he knew that, but he’s been tying up boats much longer than you (me) have. He also slept
    through the full gale that Saturday night leaving boaters on the dock to look out for each other, including retrieving a bow when a line parted almost putting one sailboat into another. “You don’t expect me to stay up all night do you?” Dangerous old metal parts on my slip – broken ladder – would take 10 minutes to unbolt them but instead they stay, saying “Medivac, foot surgery, lawsuits.” I’d spend the extra money and go to the Big Fish and Game Club docks, more protected and while not quite as refurbished as the ads might lead you to believe, they offer free wifi even to boats on anchor and have a really nice restaurant and
    bar. $1 a foot sounds good, but sometimes you get even less than what you pay for.
    Peter TenHaagen

    Your comments/ issues are just the tip of the iceberg.
    I had a substantial amount of gear stolen there and am pretty sure it was the employees working there.(3) dive regulators, (1) 150ft 30 amp power cable, a pelican case and several other small items. the police were called in and the dock-master was no help at all. I think he may have been in on it. I will not stay there again.
    My daughter was with me and these people came on the boat despite the fact that we had weapons.
    Be careful and find alternate dockage……
    Greg

  • Rum Cay Post-Irene

    After hurricane Irene, the entrance to Sumner Point marina Rum Cay Bahamas, has shoaled in on the starboard side and is rather narrow but deep. One needs to enter through the posts. We are a catamaran with 14 ft beam and had no problem. A sailboat with 6 ft draft entered after us on a falling tide. Some entrance buoys are missing and visual navigation required. The VHF at Sumner was not working but as we approached staff came down to direct us into slip. Dredging to return entrance to previous status is planned. Fuel not at marina because the barge can’ t get in. The locals are ordering maybe 20 gallons to come on mail boat which comes in weekly. The restaurant at marina is open as well as ones in town and market is open. Batelco is still closed but phone cards for Bahamian cells are bought off island and available from the post office or police officer. There are about 80 full time residents and total population is about 150 with winter residents. Some docks with power and water and internet. Docking is $1.00 a foot.

  • Bluff House Marina Green Turtle Cay

    Cruising News:
    In early June, 2011, I experienced a very friendly & knowledgeable staff, but a poorly managed Bluff House Marina. It appears they are between owners and/or managers, but charging first class dockage fees for less than first class service. I feel they are living off a past reputation, but with proper management could be revived to a first clas status. Until this happens, I would recommend you stay at Green Turtle Club in White Sound for the same price per foot.
    Roger Henderson

    I docked there last week for three nights … new owners are doing a great job of fixing problems. I will go there again.
    Gary P

    We docked at Bluff House Marine with our group in late July, 2011. The new owners (Ian & Stacy) were fantastic! Their level of service & attention to our needs was well above our typical Bahamian experience. They are making very positive changes. We recommend them & will be back.
    Tim H

    We stayed at Bluff House for 4 nights over New Years of 2012. The food was wonderful the docks are in great shape, the showers and laundry are set for updating soon but were OK and reasonably clean. The owners are helpful, interested in feedback and completely engaged in getting The Bluff House up to high standards. Green Turtle Marina was very nice, but the dock master had something of an attitude they were the only game in town, which with The Bluff House coming on strong is just not the case. His attitude kind of forced us over to the Bluff House…he was not exactly rude, but almost.
    Be sure to check their specials……and give any helpful ideas or feedback to them (Bluff House) you can. They seem to be genuinely open to it….they are resort owners and do not completely understand what cruisers need and want……….also there is a beautiful private beach just over the bluff the main house/homes sit on that is to die for….and you will probably have it all to yourself.
    We are going back on our way back to the states.
    Sami and Barry Shreve

  • Lyme Disease May Be a Danger to Cruising Pets in the Bahamas

    Cruising News:
    While cruising the Staniel and Sampons Cays in Dec. Our dog Andale came down with Lyme disease. We heard reports at Long Is. and Gearge Town and later were told by June the weather lady her friend’s dog died. Well we turned and got back to the states and dog in for test. Never did we find a tick, I checked paws and pads, ears and belly. She swims daily,but on the beach she got into some briar patch that drew blood. Maybe that is the link, I just don’t know. Test confirmed Lyme and medications saved her. I suggest having the meds on board and watch for signs. Good Luck and beware for your pets sake.
    Kat Luchene

  • Be Careful Fueling Up in the Bahamas

    Cruising News:
    Be careful where and when you get Fuel in the Bahamas. If you are crossing to the Abacos and need Fuel, one of the better and cheaper places is Old Bahama Bay / West end, believe it or not. BUT… Do not get the Fuel if they just had their tanks filled. The mess in the Bottom of their tanks gets stirred up and the first one or two boats right after they get fuel will have a bad day. Spanish is Ok, but not cheap. Green Turtle White sound, is your next best bet.
    If you do get BAD FUEL. There is a great product available to tell you when your Racor Filter is Dirty. It is NOT a typical vacuum Gauge.
    This T-Handle Gauge simply replaces the existing T-Handle on your Racor and it locks in position so you can read it with the engine OFF. You can check it any time, and it will show you what your filters were doing when the engine was running at operating RPM, Not just at the dock.
    This unit saved us 2 engine shut downs that there was NO way we would have never been aware of. We filled tanks with BAD FUEL and the Racor 900 was clogged in 9 hours one time and 12 hours the next time. It happens real quick with BAD FUEL. The Gauge was showing a clogging Filter and we didn’t believe it until we saw the mess that used to be our perfectly clean filter.
    I think it is a MUST HAVE for anyone with a diesel engine in their Boat / Yacht. It can save you a bunch of BIG headachs
    You can find it at www.DirtyFuelFilter.com
    Capt. ROB

    Nassau Yacht Haven is decent, they have showers, laundry you can walk to markets, and over bridge to Atlantis. Reasonable rates friendly dock hands.
    Capn Dan

  • Huge Discussion on “Exumas Customs Check In”

    The discussion below is copied from the MTOA List-Serve, an organization, by the way, which all of us at the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net continue to recommend highly!!!!

    We are looking for an inexpensive place to check-in to customs/immigration. Bimini has moorings to tie to but we can’t find out who manages them or what they cost. Cat Cay charges $100 to tie up a dinghy to clear customs. Chubb Cay has an anchor area but no information on whether they also charge to tie up the dinghy. Any ideas/information would be helpful.
    Barry Kipnis

    By far the easiest place to check in is at Old Bahama Bay / West End. Tie up to their dock, near the fuel pumps for FREE and check in 30′ away. Reliably Open 7 days a week, minimum from 9am to 5pm. Great customs people. Best bet is to try to arrive at about 2pm. all the Go Fast boats have cleared by then. Fuel is good and is about the cheapest in the Bahamas.
    Captain Rob

    Barry, Our experiences are long ago, however we loved checking in at Turtle Key. (Abacos) Anchored out and then went ashore. May have changed. We did anchor at Chubb last time, however arrived too late to check in and went on to check in at Nassau. There we rafted up to a tug boat……did not allow you to anchor and check in. Out of date information I am sure…..Later Dude.
    Pat

    Barry, Things in the Bahamas are constantly changing, so what is OK today may not be next week. We have anchored in Bimini and outside Chubb Cay and checked in. We immediately moved on after check in. The holding at Bimini is poor and there is strong currents. We have also anchored and checked in at Green Turtle. Most other stops are either convenient to find a slip or required as at Cat/Gunn. Walkers Cay marina was closed but Customs and Immigration is still there so that may be another option. Of course the marina could re-open by the time you get there. That is how quickly things change. Good luck.
    Chuck

    Barry,
    Sounds like you will have to spend a night on the banks. Bimini, the banks, Chub Cay anchorage and then on to Nassau to check in. You might get lucky at Chub Cay!
    Good luck,
    John Knapp

    Barry,
    Last fall we stopped at the Berry Island Club, just a few miles east of Chubb. Lincoln, the manager drove us to the airport customs office in his truck for $25, and we rented moorings from him for $15/night.
    Doug

    Barry,
    There is plenty of room to anchor just off of the customs dock and further up by Bimini Bay. There were several boats at anchor when we were there in December.
    Gerry & Linda Etzold

    Hi All,
    We just cleared Customs at the West end…Anchored over night for free and tied up to the Customs dock ,,,Were in and out in fifteen minutes and 150.00 cash…..our boat is the Stella Maris Ip35 Enjoy….
    Larry

    We just returned from Bimini and checked in to customs and immigration by temporarily tying up to the government dock there. we then anchored out several days in an area just south of the new Bimini Marina at the very end North Bimini. this is the 3rd time doing this and we find it works nicely with our 49 ft Endeavour power catamaran.
    Colleen Anderson

  • May Weather in the Abacos

    Hello there,
    My husband and I are planning a sail trip from Florida to the Abacos in May of this year. We don’t know whether we will be going by way of Miami and then Bimini, the Berries and then north…..or do we go by way of West End and then east and then south until we can turn west and go back towards Miami and Ft. Lauderdale?
    My question is….Can any one tell us what direction the wind most likely would be blowing in May? Does any one remember where it was coming from last May?
    We know it is mostly from the south east at about 5-10 during the beginning of July, when we usually get there.
    D. Benjamin

    Every sailor is going to give his or her opinion. You are starting to get less of a northerly component but any given year is different from the past to some degree. Personally I would start out going through Bimini and working my way north.
    C. Winston Fowler

    If your going to the Abacos my opinion would be to use the Gulf Stream to your advantage from Miami. It wil give you a Free 3 knots and You may not even have to adjust your sails. Head directly to the tip of Grand Bahama Island. Old Bahama Bay / West end 26′ 42′ 25n / 79′00′20 w. Great place to check in, Customs is right there 7 days a week 9am to 5pm at minimum; and I would suggest pay for a slip and stay over one night. You made it across the Gulf Stream and will need to unwind and relax to start the rest of your adventure. Then your next stop could be to anchor off Great Sale.
    The wind last year mid May was East / S.East and is about the norm. Probably the Best time of year in the Abacos.
    Captain Rob

  • Special Construction Prices at Hopetown Inn & Marina

    Hopetown Inn & Marina is offering a special while the marina is under construction. All the docks are built but only a few have water and power. They are charging $ 20.00 a night for boats up to 40′ and .75 a foot/night over 40 ‘, $4.00 for showers and water is .25 a gallon and free wifi in the laundry room or outside the office. The rate for my 39′ Mainship is $100.00 a week. Mooring balls are $ 20.00 a night. Contact the dockmaster Aaron on ch. 16 or 242-366-0003. There is a ferry to Marsh Harbor $17 one way and round trip $27, a 20 minute ride. The islanders go out of their way to be friendly and greet you with a smile. This is a well protected harbor with restaurants, shops and beautiful Bahamian cottages and roads built for golf carts. The restaurants and grocery store have dingy docks. This is one of
    my favorite locations in the Abacos. Treasure Cay has the prettist beach at Coco’s Beach.
    Charles Crawford, Mobile, Al.
    MV Bama Belle 390 Mainship

  • Chub Cay OPEN

    What is the status of Chub Cay. I heard it is closed and shut down. I heard this from a charter fisherman.
    Bahama Pappa

    I just called Chub Cay and am told they are fully open, including marina.
    Fuel is US$5.35 per gallon for both diesel and gas.
    Tele: 954-634-7496
    C. Winston Fowler

    Arrived from Bimini to Chub Cay marina near noon in a Pearson 365 ketch. Although very friendly marina, we were stunned by the sticker price of 4.50 USD per foot with a 40 foot minimum. This does not include power, as it is metered at 85 cents per kw. The water continues to be 40 cents per gallon in addition to slip fee. $174.00 for a night shocked us. We are leaving in the morning, early.
    Barry Umberger

  • Exumas Weather Reports?

    Hello,
    Staniel Cay referred me to you. We will be in the Exumas soon and I recall from a few years ago a morning weather report/net from a land based person near Staniel. I would like to be able to telephone them when I am not in VHF range. Do you have a phone number/information regarding this???
    Thanks,
    Bob Teffenhart-trawler “islander”

    Hi Bob,

    The only regular weather that I can remember being available on regular basis, come from Highborne Cay at 8:00 AM – she makes the general call on channel #16 then switches to channel #6. That is the only one I know of at the moment and you can call Highborne for this on their telephone 242-355-1008 before coming down. I think they get their input from NOAA – Nassau. Another contact would be further down the island chain to George Town. At 8:10 AM they have a net which I believe is on channel #68.
    Things are changing fast in the Exumas. If you learn of new resources that we can share with the cruising community, please share them with us.
    Hope this has been of some assistance Bob. Enjoy your cruise; you’re headed for some beautiful waters and islands.
    God’s speed,
    C. Winston Fowler

    Weather in the Bahamas can be found on 4003 kHz at 0720 daily. It is from BASRA.
    Jim Kane

    Highborne weather broadcast at 0730
    Frank

    In the Staniel area there is a woman, call sign “Blue Yonder” that gives weather and community announcements every morning at 8 am on VHF 12. She always announces first on VHF 16 before switching to 12. She relays Bahamas and NOAA weather along with 5 day buoy forecasts for Staniel Cay and The Tongue of the Ocean.
    Chris on M/V Private Idaho

  • Veternerians in the Bahamas

    Anyone have a list of vets in the Bahamas?
    Beth Durocher

    Don’t expect vet’s on the smaller islands. Nassau is of course the major source of vet care. Not sure about the villages of West End, Marsh Harbor, and George Town . . . but will try to find out.

    Hope this list is helpful – it is all I could find. Will need to check when you get into areas in case listings have changed.

    HepLyn Veterinary Home Service

    Veterinarians (DVM),Pet Care Services

    • Nassau
    • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas

    Purrfect Pets

    Veterinarians (DVM),Pet Care Services,Pet Supplies & Food Retail

    • Prince Charles Drive & College Garden Drive
    • Nassau
    • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas

    Central Animal Hospital

    • Tenwich St
    • Nassau
    • Nassau / Paradise

    Animal Clinic

    Veterinarians (DVM)

    • Wulff Rd & East Street
    • Nassau
    • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas

    Nassau Veterinary Clinic

    Veterinarians (DVM)

    • 7th St Coconut Grove Ave
    • Nassau
    • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas

    Palmdale Veterinary Clinic

    • Palmdale Avenue & Patton Street
    • Nassau
    • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas

    Caribbean Veterinary Health & Healing Centre

    • Queens Highway
    • Freeport
    • Grand Bahama, Bahamas

    Freeport Animal Clinic

    • Queen Hwy
    • Freeport
    • Grand Bahama, Bahamas

    Caribbean Veterinary Health & Healing Centre

    Veterinarians (DVM)

    • Don Mackay Blvd
    • Marsh Harbour
    • Abaco, Bahamas

    Island Veterinary Clinic

    Veterinarians (DVM)

    • Marsh Harbour
    • Abaco, Bahamas

    Exuma Veterinary ClinicVeterinarians (DVM)

    • George Town
    • Exuma, Bahamas

    C. Winston Fowler
    C. Winston Fowler
    “The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net, LLC”

  • JAMES BOND CASINO ROYALE COSTUME PARTY

    ANNOUNCING THE ANNUAL JAMES BOND CASINO ROYALE COSTUME PARTY
    Saturday, March 19thAnnual
    James Bond Casino Royale Costume Party 8:00
    pm, Staniel Cay Yacht Club

    • Dress as your favorite Bond, Bond-Girl, Villain
      or feel free to dress up in your best casino attire
    • Try your hand at blackjack* and poker*
    • Enjoy cocktails, music and dancing
    • Win prizes for Best Costumes so go all out!
    • Proceeds from this event support the annual Mixed-Doubles
      C-Class Regatta held every New Years at Staniel Cay.
    Bond in the Bahamas is a REALLY good time…
    Be a Villain…

    Be a Bond-Girl… good or bad!
    Or, of course, be your favorite 007!
    Fly… Boat… or Swim… Just get here! Staniel
    Cay Yacht Club… like no other place on Earth.
    *gaming chips have no cash
    value. prizes for chip leaders.
    Contact us for more information. www.stanielcay.com
    | e: info@stanielcay.com
    | Bahamas t: 242.355.2024 | U.S. t: 954.467.8920
  • Bahamas Check-In (1/22/11)

    Cruising News*: Just checked in yesterday Friday, 1/21/11 at Chub Cay. No problems with 180 day stay. The officer I worked with was a junior inspector (single stripe on his shoulder). He said there was no problem with 180 days and gave me same.
    However, his boss (a three stripe man) walked in about 3/4 of the way through the process. I related to him all of the concern in the U.S. about the 30 day vs. 90 day vs. 180 day stay. He told me he was only granting 90 immigration permits.
    The junior officer looked over at his boss having already done all the paperwork for me for a 180 day permit. His boss just waved his hand and said that was ok. I guess the junior man just learned something new.
    The boss said you could get an extension to the first application approximately 80 to 89 days after the first one for an additional 90 days, without any problem at any immigration office in the Bahamas.
    Scott Harris

  • New Bahamas Entrance Requirements

    Captain Chuck Baier, managing Editor for the Waterway Guide, has been kind enough to allow us to reproduce his note below which originally appeared on the MTOA List-Serve. Perhaps this will finally answer at least some of the questions which have recently been raised on the Net, and other on-line nautical mail lists and web sites about the regulations surrounding stays in Bahamian waters.

    I thought I would update everyone on this since it has been the topic of discussion for a while now. This was just published on The Eleutheran News site, http://www.eleutheranews.com/national/1193.html , and this from Director Jack Thompson……

    “(Nassau, Bahamas)
    – In recent weeks a number of queries have been lodged with the Department regarding length of stay for Canadian, American and British nationals in The Bahamas.
    *All bona fide visitors (nationals)from the United States, Canada and United Kingdom are landed at allports for thirty (30) days.
    *Visitors from the aforementioned countries are allowed to remain in The Bahamas for a period up to eight (8) months.
    *Stay periods are approved following an interview with an Immigration Officer(s). In instances where visitors are desirous of additional time, an extension should be requested.
    *Visitors arriving by Pleasure crafts are required to complete the requisite forms and are allowed to remain in The Bahamas for up to eight (8) months. This policy also applies to the Home Owners.
    *The Department of
    Immigration encourages all foreign homes owners in The Bahamas to apply to the Department for a Home Owners Card in accordance with the International Persons Land Holding Ltd. The Department is ever mindful of its mandate to welcome genuine visitors while safeguarding our boarders against undesirables.”

    So this means that 30 days is the rule. For those lucky enough to get more, you have received a bonus, but everyone can not expect to receive more than 30 days. Have a great season.
    Chuck

    I was told the cruising permit for the boat is for a year,is that right because I left my boat there to go back,and I can renew 2 times before having to take her back to the states or pay duty on it. Can you tell me if that is right ?
    Thank you
    Bill

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  • More Discusson About Bahamas Registration

    All,
    We arrived at Bimini last week and received a 30 day permit.  Others  who  arrived received 120 plus.  It was purely based on who was at the desk  at the time.  However, when we arrived in Nassau, the dockmaster told us  that
    there is a new policy to allow only 30 days,  but US citizens can get it extended if you go to an immigration  office (not customs) 3 or 4 days before it expires for to up to 6 months.   He strongly encouraged all US citizens to
    write the immigration office and  complain loudly, as it has already affected his business.
    He indicated that the policy is directed at Canadian citizens who seemingly take more from the Bahamas than they bring (his words, not mine).  He  pointed out that there were no Canadian boats in his marina, but the anchorage  was full of them.
    So, it is politics as usual here, but it is also warm and sunny.
    Gerry Etzold
    Monk’s Vineyard

    We went to both the Immigration Office and the Customs office at the docks in Bimini. The other advice we received from the Customs folks (after we complained there) was to clear in at the central administration office downtown for immigration. Apparently, that office is much more lenient and interprets the “new” policy in their own way.
    Gerry

    We cleared in earlier this year at Bimini downtown. We docked at the Sea Crest Marina and Hotel (http://www.seacrestbimini.com) next door to the government docks. Gave us 120 days for our $300. It was a slow day. Customs guy was asleep behind the desk. With much trepidation, I woke him up. Said nothing, just took my papers, stamped them, handed them back and went back to sleep. Immigration lady behind the glass was incredibly public relations savvy and public service oriented. She made sure everything was in order and offered up the extra 30 days when I told her we were headed to the Exumas on our trawler.
    So it seems like you can get anywhere from 30 days to 120 days depending on where you check in and who checks you in. I wonder what’s up with that?
    Gerry, I finally figured it out. I know what it is!!!!! You tried to teach them how to play “Butt Darts” didn’t you? Where is Capt. Sterling when you need him.
    Bob

    As a boater, who happens to be Canadian, I think that maybe there is another side to this. If we boaters spend all our money on marinas then only one business makes money, but if more boaters anchor out then more then likely they will spend that marina money instead, at many businesses and more then one person will make money. Maybe it’s time to look at the big picture of where and how we spend our money and on who. Maybe it’s time for the Gov’t to see this and act with responsibility.
    Wil

  • Spanish Cay Marina

    Subject: Spanish Cay, Bahamas
    Cruising News: I just checked in to the Bahamas at Spanish Cay Marina and it was great. New managers, former cruisers. They couldn’t of been more helpful and by the end of the day we had 8 sailboats here and no one else. The Clearing in was a snap and we got 180 days. I told the lady that I wanted to stay for a year and she laughed and then told me she could give me 180 days. Just a great stay.
    Mike Link

  • Enjoy the Holidays with the Staniel Cay Yacht Club Family

    Dec. 25th ? Saturday, Christmas Celebrattion12 Noon, SCYC – Children’s Christmas Party

    • For all children in the Staniel Cay area
    • Arts, crafts and games (Volunteers needed! Inquire at SCYC)
    • Presents with a visit from Santa!

    7:00 pm, SCYC – Annual Christmas Dinner

    • With all the fixin’s…
    • Make your reservations early!
    Dec. 28th ? Tuesday, Public Beach Cookouut and Fundraiser12 Noon, Staniel Cay Public Beach

    • The Staniel Cay Community invites all to attend!
    Dec. 29th ? Wednesday, Long-Drive Contesst and SCYC Pirate Party4:00 pm, SCYC – Happy Hour and Long-Drive contest off the dock!

    • How far can you hit it?
    • Prizes for winners!
    9:00 pm, SCYC – AHOY! AVAST! Arrrrr Ye Ready For the Annual SCYC Pirate Party?!

    • Bring yer booty and shake it!
    • Prizes for Best Pirate and Best Wench costumes!
      Dec. 30th ? Thursday, Pre-Regatta Eventss4:00-6:00 pm, SCYC – Annual Cruising Regatta Charity Auction and Mixed-Doubles Regatta Captains’ Happy Hour!

    • Complimentary grill and drinks!
    • EVERYTHING is free until 6:00 pm!!
    • Crew selection lottery and logistics review for regatta
    Dec. 31st ? Friday, New Year’s EEve Celebration10:00 am, Annual Mixed-Doubles Regatta

    • It’s “Tida Wave” vs. “Lady Muriel” and YOU are invited to sail!
    • Come experience the thrill of real Bahamian sailing at Staniel Cay. Traditionally an all-Bahamian affair, our “Mixed Doubles Regatta” puts you, our guests, on these beautiful hand-crafted sloops. To participate, sign up at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.
    • Post-race awards ceremony at SCYC
    4:00 pm, Happy People Marina

    • Cruising Regatta Captains’ Cocktail Party

    7:00 pm, SCYC – Annual Pig and Turkey Roast Buffet

    • Dinner and dancing under the stars!
    • Great music, food and drink!
    12 Midnight, SCYC – Ring in the New Year!!

    • Complimentary champagne toast
    • New Year Fireworks Display
    • Revelry into the night!
    Jan. 1st ? Saturday, New Year’s Day Celebration10:00 am, Annual Cruising Regatta

    • All sailboats in the area are invited to compete in this annual race!
    • Fun, prizes and bragging rights!
    • Post-race awards and dinner on the public beach
     
  • New Bahamas Family Cruising Network

    Subject*: New Bahamas Family Cruising Network
    Cruising News*: A new Bahamas family cruising network is being setup for those families with children cruising in the Bahamas. the plan is to exchange information on cruising activities, education, community welfare, environment, interested parties may respond to tim.ramsey30@gmail.com we are looking to establish groups in the Abacos, Exumas, and beyond. exchange information in new providence and grand Bahama will also have value
    Tim Ramsey

  • Candian Cruising Couple Told To Leave George Town, Exuma After a 90 Day Stay

    The important note below was passed along to us by Captain Steve Morrell, editor and publisher of “Southwinds” magazine. If ANYONE has more info about length of stay prohibitions in the Bahamas, please click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

    There has been a report of a Canadian cruising boater being asked to leave the Bahamas from George Town, Exuma, after his stay of 90 days ended. He was told that he should have gotten a visa for a longer stay from the Embassy before he came into the country in order to remain in the Bahamas for more than 90 days. Bahamian officials at the Department of Immigration as well as at the Bahamian Embassy in Miami confirm this and now cite statute law, which requires persons of certain nationalities to have a visa if they want to extend beyond a 90-day stay. Persons from the following countries can be extended up to a maximum of 8 months without a visa: Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Nepal, Norway, San Marino, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States. All others MAY be required to have a visa to extend after the 90-day period. It is up to the discretion of the Immigration Officer and the policy is not applied in a uniform manner. For those citizens to a 90-day period, it would be wise to check in with their own embassy before departing for the Bahamas to obtain a visa, or they can visit the Bahamas Embassy in Miami at the Ingraham Building, 25 SE 2nd Avenue; phone 305-373-6295 and ask for Ms. Thomas. Another option is to leave the country, re-enter, and clear Customs again. There is no guarantee one way or another that a person will be asked to either re-enter or produce a visa. As one Bahamian source said, “There are Laws of Convenience in the Bahamas, laws that have been on the books for many years but may or may not be enforced until it suits some purpose.” The new Immigration Officer in George Town, Exuma, states that the 90-day-only limit, without a visa, is being applied there. This may not be the end of this story!

    Depressing news on the Immigration subject. Having issued an “all clear” for cruisers to enter any Port of Entry into the Bahamas, based on comments of an Immigration officer in Nassau, who issued 180 permits to two boats clearing in on Tuesday, we heard today that everybody clearing in at Nassau will now receive 90 days MAXIMUM!
    If it wasn’t such a serious inconvenience to cruisers, it would be laughable, to watch the misinformation, inconsistent policy, and perceived bumbling on the part of various Immigration officers…..sometimes from the same Port of Entry.
    Suffice it to say, that, for now the only Port of Entry that has consistently given 180 days is Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island.
    Sorry, to any vessels who have been further inconvenienced by our “all clear” announcement. We thought we were hearing it from someone in charge. Now we are thinking nobody is in charge!
    Dick Giddings (W3RDT)
    “St. Jude”

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