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  • Bahamas Chatter: Looking for a Navigation School

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

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

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: ABM reports most marinas open

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: West End, Grand Bahama Hurricane Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cash donations can be sent to:

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

  • Damage Report from the Bahamas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Read the full article here:

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

    Excerpt: Read More

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

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

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

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: Dockage rates at Cave Cay, Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Dockage rates at Cave Cay, Exumas

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: 2017 Tide Tables for the Bahamas

    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: 2017 Tide Tables for the Bahamas
    2017 Tide Tables for the Bahamas
    Posted: 13 Sep 2016 03:16 PM PDT
    For those of you who have Explorer Chartbooks with Tide Tables running out at the end of 2016, we have put the 2017 Tide Tables on our website. Check The Menu lists a choice for the upcoming year of tides in the Bahamas.
    Happy Exploring,
    Monty and Sara

  • Bahamas Chatter: Bringing back fish from the Bahamas

    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: Bringing back fish from the Bahamas
    Bringing back fish from the Bahamas
    Posted: 11 Sep 2016 05:39 AM PDT
    According to an article published in Sport Fishing magazine http://www.sportfishingmag.com/bahamas-fish-to-florida a new exception goes into place September 13, 2016 in Florida waters, allowing anglers to possess and land filleted dolphin, wahoo and reef fish that were caught in Bahamian waters. Similar allowances for dolphin and wahoo, as well as modifications to existing recreational regulations for reef fish managed as snapper-grouper being brought back from the Bahamas by water, went into effect in Atlantic federal waters in January 2016. These regulations apply to fish being transported by water only and do not apply to fish being transported or shipped by air. READ MORE

    Skin must remain on the fillet (to aid in identification by law enforcement).
    Anglers must comply with Atlantic federal bag and vessel limits.
    Two fillets count as one fish toward the bag limit.
    Vessels must have valid Bahamian cruising and sport-fishing permits.
    Passengers must possess a valid government passport with current Bahamian stamps and travel dates.
    Travel through state waters must be continuous and gear must remain stowed. Fishing gear that is appropriately stowed means terminal tackle, such as hooks, leaders, sinkers, etc., must be disconnected and stowed separately from the rod and reel.
    Fish landed under these exceptions cannot be sold.
    Bahamian regulations may be different than those in U.S. state and federal waters. Before you return with your catch, make sure you comply with the more restrictive U.S. and Bahamian recreational bag and possession limits. For example, species that are prohibited from harvest in the U.S., such as queen conch, goliath and Nassau grouper, cannot be transported back into U.S. waters by boat. Spiny lobster must be in whole condition and can only be transported into U.S. waters during the recreational season (Aug. 6 through March 31).
    The changes will allow more fishing freedom for Florida’s residents and visitors while creating consistency between state and federal regulations. For Bahamas sport fishing regulations go to http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/wcm/connect/5ed780d9-7c7f-4a02-b8cf-70cbcb01d65c/SportsfishingRegulations.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=5ed780d9-7c7f-4a02-b8cf-70cbcb01d65c

  • Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey, September 10, 2016

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey, September 10, 2016
    New fuel and dockage survey, September 10, 2016
    Posted: 10 Sep 2016 06:05 AM PDT
    Most fuel prices changed little since the last survey in June. It is now the middle of the slow season for marinas and fuel inventories are being held longer. Several marinas have closed or reduced hours until November. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com. Click on Fuel and Dockage prices in the menu on the left side of the home page.

    As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us of any changes in prices from the date of this survey. Send an email to monty@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find until the next survey.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Long Island Update

    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: Long Island Update
    Long Island Update
    Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:37 AM PDT
    We just got news of the reopening of Parrots of the Caribbean in Thompson Bay, now named Tiny’s Hurricane Hole. Also, LI Petroleum’s new dock is done and much easier take the big boat up to. And Midway Inn in the Bight is completely renovated, open and fabulous.

    Bess and Billy Storm
    S/V Alibi II

  • Bahamas Chatter: Key largo to Bimini 30’cruiser

    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: Key largo to Bimini 30’cruiser
    Key largo to Bimini 30’cruiser
    Posted: 14 Aug 2016 04:55 AM PDT
    Looking for Buddy boats an extra hand or advise.
    Have a 30′ Sea Ray in key largo want to go to Bahamas on Tuesday August 16 2016.
    Have Explorer charts back up GPS, radio, satellite Eper and great twin Merc 350s.
    Want to check out a few places in Bahamas like Bimini, Nassau, Freeport, an airplane pilot with over 20k hours flown for 40 years and now want to grow my sea legs and go slow!!
    My first time doing this have very little confidence at this time. sure like to do this with other boats or at least with someone else on board to share the joy.
    Chris.
    Can email me, flycorpjet@aol.com

  • Boo Boo Hill – Exumas

    exumascay

    I was only able to stay for an hour or so but I couldn’t get over the spectacular view from Boo Boo Hill. Looking forward to getting back and spending a few days exploring. Airie Bown

  • Bahamas Chatter: Petition to BTC

    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: Petition to BTC
    Petition to BTC
    Posted: 01 Aug 2016 10:41 AM PDT
    The Communication Breakdown team is hoping you will be able to support our cause in petitioning BTC to do better in the Out Islands.

    The introduction and petition identify the cause. Please join us in making the Central Exumas a safer place to live, visit and cruise. If you would kindly distribute and or post this movement to your readers and site, we would be grateful, as will they! Thanks in advance for your consideration.

    Read More

    Dear Residents, Visitors, Cruisers, Business Owners and all those connected to the Central Exumas,

    BTC is failing the people of the Central Exumas and it is time to speak out!

    Data and cellular based services are failing all of us yet we continue to be billed for services that are not rendered. We can no longer accept these failures as “a way of life” in the Family Islands.

    PLEASE SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION!
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/communication-breakdown-btc-customers-of-the

    You should not hesitate to SIGN THIS PETITION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and FORWARD this message and / or the PETITION LINK on through your social media outlets and to every one of your contacts who have been or may soon be effected by these Communication Breakdowns. Your family and friends both here and afar, past and future guests, networks such as cruising and pilot forums, island owners and operators, property owners, businesses and their suppliers, employees, travel agents, etc. DO NOT ASSUME we have reached your contacts through ours, PASS IT ON.

    THE KEY TECHNICALITIES:

    Data via WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is not new technology. It is proven throughout the Caribbean and the world and serves to effectively connect citizens in remote areas where there is limited infrastructure. You are not receiving the bandwidth that you purchase as part of your communications package! You have been lead to believe or you accept that this technology functions here as best it can.

    Voice via CELLULAR or GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and “landlines” are not new technology and fail equally. Connectivity fails throughout the system. From the extreme, no signal to dropped calls. A multitude of message notifications are applied that inaccurately inform you why you cannot reach the party you are calling. How many times have you heard the message “we are sorry, the person you are calling has not set up their mailbox or the mailbox is full”? It has been proven that this message is BTC’s way of telling you we couldn’t connect you and it is not our fault. Your landlines likely don’t function at all. In most instances, mobile phones cannot be connected to land lines!

    Outdated equipment and increased growth are the assumed primary reasons for these technicalities. These failures effect all of us on a personal level and those who provide goods and services in the area, it effects your business!

    Hard copy signatures will be collected in the area throughout the week of 1-AUG and, along with your electronic signatures will be forwarded via direct courier and electronically to BTC. Our goal to petition is the second week of August. PLEASE SIGN now! PLEASE spread the word.

    Staniel Cay, Great Guana Cay, Farmers Cay and the surrounding cays make up a community of citizens, visitors and business owners that live and love a life of extraordinary measure. Each of us here deserve and should settle for no less than functional and effective communications systems, “EVERYDAY”.

    Sincerely and with hope for a better connection.
    The COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN Petition Team.
    Gage Parrot
    Little Majors
    +1 242 357 0012
    +1 954 914 9879

  • Bahamas Chatter: Winding Bay, Abaco, Update

    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: Winding Bay, Abaco, Update
    Winding Bay, Abaco, Update
    Posted: 24 Jul 2016 12:08 PM PDT
    Just wanted to give you an update on Winding Bay’s latest shenanigans.

    RDA (Responsible Development for Abaco), with a lot of help from Fred Smith, filed for a Judicial Review against 9 government departments for “lack of consultation”. As a result, BEST posted the EIA, EMP, latest site plan, and a couple of cover-your-ass letters on their website (www.best.gov.bs). They also called a town meeting in Cherokee Sound on June 27th. At the meeting, the developers announced that the marina was critical to the survival of the Abaco Club, and would generate 1000 construction jobs. A ludicrous number, any way you look at it. They said that 6 moorings would have to be moved, but couldn’t say where to, or whose moorings they are.

    They also said that WSC (Water and Sewerage Corp.) had tested the water in LH and found it “unswimmable”, full of E. coli and fecal matter, and that their marina would actually clean up the harbour by installing a pump out station. Please see below a couple of quotes along these lines, and also WSC’s response to our queries about the tests. There’s a big difference between “unswimmable” and “undrinkable”.

    CLICK HERE for the full Bahamas Chatter

     

  • Bahamas Chatter: Disney looking at developing Egg Island

    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: Disney looking at developing Egg Island
    Disney looking at developing Egg Island
    Posted: 22 Jul 2016 04:19 AM PDT
    Disney is moving ahead with plans to build a cruise ship pier on Egg Island, North Eleuthera. Among many concerns is that Egg Island’s natural beauty and ecology will be destroyed if Disney proceeds with its plans to develop the island.

    Click here for full article on Disney possibly developing on Egg Island as a new cruise ship destination.

    There is an online change.org petition titled Save Egg Island (Bahamas)! Stop Disney Cruise Line! Preserve Egg Island! #saveeggisland.

    http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2016/07/articles/pollution-1/disney-to-develop-egg-island-in-the-bahamas/

  • Bahamas Chatter: Lost Dinghy! In need of help

    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: Lost Dinghy! In need of help
    Lost Dinghy! In need of help.
    Posted: 15 Jul 2016 03:22 AM PDT
    Hello cruisers,

    This may be a long shot but we wanted to post to this community. We run marine science sailing Expeditions studying the Bahamas coral reefs each summer. We take early career college age scientists aboard a catamaran, exposing them to off-grid research. We collaborate with Institutions such as University of Miami (RSMAS), Penn State, U. Of Delaware, etc. We are now transiting from Key Largo to Eleuthera aboard No Expectations, a 47′ catamaran. Upon cruising the bank from Bimini to Chub Cay early morning on July 12th, our dinghy came loose. The winds were out of the SE so most likely our dinghy drifted to the NW. It’s a brand new West Marine hypalon 350 RIB with a brand new Yamaha 20hp outboard. She is white with no registration numbers as its 2 days old. We were breaking it in upon crossing. This is a huge loss for our non-profit programs.

    Our first stop is Eleuthera arriving July 16 to pickup our research Team. We are then heading down the island chain to Georgetown by July 25. We will be in GT up until August 7, then heading back up island to Eleuthera.

    If you find her can you radio No Expectations or email info@scienceundersail.org

    Anyone who feels compelled to help us further we would be so grateful to accept donations to assist us in acquiring a new dinghy. Your donation is a tax write-off. You can easily donate online through our secure fundraising website. You will receive an immediate tax write-off letter. Donate at http://bit.ly/donatesusie

    Further, if anyone can help us out this summer and provide us with a spare dinghy for our Expeditions, you can either donate or lend us a comparable dinghy for the dates of July 18-August 18 we would be so grateful! Be in touch with us at the above email.

    You can checkout our work at www.scienceundersail.org

    Respectfully,

    Jerah and Robin (co-founders)

  • Bahamas Chatter: West end bound

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas
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    Bahamas Chatter: West end bound
    West end bound
    Posted: 25 Jun 2016 06:07 PM PDT
    Getting geared up for a crossing to west end from east coast fla – Jupiter/ Stuart/ wpb tbd possibly as early as the first week of July to mid month to be in Hopetown by the last week of July. Looking for any buddy boats and or weather links/ recommendations. 41′ american tug 4’10” draft cruising 10+ knots thanks Hooty Hoo II

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