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  • Bahamas Chatter: Needed Items for Long Island

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasExplorer 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com is extremely valuable.

    Bahamas Chatter: N W Channel Light

    Bahamas Chatter: Needed Items for Long Island
    Needed Items for Long Island
    Posted: 14 Dec 2015 11:36 AM PST
    From a Long Island resident, here are some of the many things that would be appreciated for any of the southeast Bahama islands that were hit so hard by Hurricane Joaquin:

    Household items is next- pillows, bedding, plates, pots n pans, silverware, cooking utensils- you know. Those things you take for granted till you are missing them- mixing bowls, wooden spoons, serving utensils, storage containers, cutting boards, knives, cups, rugs……..Most houses that are being built are at drywall stage. Some still need windows and doors but I know you all couldn’t get away with those!! lol

    ANYTHING someone somewhere on this island can use- trust me!

  • Bahamas Chatter: N W Channel Light, Exumas, Bahamas

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasExplorer 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com is extremely valuable.

    Bahamas Chatter: N W Channel Light
    N W Channel Light
    Posted: 11 Dec 2015 04:29 AM PST
    As of Dec. 7 ’15, the new marker at NW Channel was NOT lit. Also noted at present time, is that diesel at Bimini was $4.25, at Chub , $4.90.

  • Bahamas Chatter, a Great Source for Anything Bahamian

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasExplorer 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com is extremely valuable.

    We are Canadian and usually winter in Florida. This year we came with our yacht and are looking forward to spend February in the Bahamas. We are in search of useful info.
    Thank you
    Andre Lefleche

    Andre, Explorer Chartbooks and their Bahamas Chatter is SSECN’s recommendation for information on the Bahamas. We wish you smooth sailing!

    The SSECN Team

  • FOCUS ON – Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Exumas, Bahamas

     Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful Exumas.staniel
    Staniel Cay Yacht Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of activities, as well as that laid back Bahamian lifestyle.

     

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club Makes Investment in Your Enjoyment
    Over the years we have watched Staniel Cay Yacht Club make sure they were able to serve their customers without sacrificing or spoiling their “island atmosphere” and they have done an outstanding job. As their popularity has grown, they have worked hard to make sure everyone
    has a great experience, beyond what they might have ever expected. To sustain and maintain this level of service, quality and charm, look at this latest investment in your enjoyment….
    The Staniel Cay Yacht Club has expanded their capacity to serve in their dining room. Here’s the view as you park your dinghy for dinner.
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    Just look at all the windows; they are bringing the view right into the dining room.
    Here’s a look from the inside looking out……
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    …and the original dining area is still part of the overall dining area and experience. Everything is just a little larger, so you and all your friends can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner together !!
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    Staniel Cay is still the Bahamas quintessential “island atmosphere.”

    And the Captains lounge area is still very much “Staniel Cay” charm.

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    Staniel Cay Yacht Club has been and remains a favorite Bahamas destination.
    They are committed to making sure they can serve their loyal and new customers with the highest service standards.
    We know, we’ve personally experienced their hospitality and it is indeed first class and five star !! The “laid back and enjoy” atmosphere is still very much their focus.
    Staniel Cay knows how to make improvements while keeping the “main thing”…”the main thing” !!

  • Staniel Cay Airstrip Re-Opened, Exumas, Bahamas

     Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful Exumas.The Staniel Cay airstrip has been closed since April, so this is good news for visitors to Staniel Cay. Staniel Cay Yacht Club continues to get very high marks from cruisers, as in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126893, because, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    Subject: Thank You: Airstrip Open!
    Dear Staniel Cay Airport Supporters,
    THANK YOU! Together, we did it! Our collective voice (and your many signatures!) encouraged action, and we are thrilled to report the re-opening of the Staniel Cay airport as of yesterday! The official notice can be seen at http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/bis-news-updates/Staniel_Cay_Airport_Re-Opened_to_Air_Traffic45182.shtml

    Once again, thank you so very much for your support and collective efforts. We look forward to welcoming you back to Staniel – as you land on our new and improved home airstrip!
    Brooks Miller & Stephen Miller
    on behalf of
    Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay & Vicinity
    P.S. Our apologies for any duplication in emails as news of this exciting accomplishment spreads.

  • Staniel Cay Airport to Re-Open at End of November, 2015, Exumas, Bahamas

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

    The Staniel Cay airstrip has been closed since April, so this is good news for visitors to Staniel Cay. Staniel Cay Yacht Club continues to get very high marks from cruisers, as in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126893, because, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    Update from Staniel Cay Yacht Club:
    The Staniel Cay airstrip is on schedule to reopen at the end of November. Visit Staniel Cay Yacht Club at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (Booth 174) for additional information.

  • Bahamas Chatter: School Supplies for Long Island & Other Disaster Relief

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasExplorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, 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, as well as their concern for the Bahama local communities. If you can contribute, please do!

    Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:42 PM PST
    We are all aware of the devastation caused to the southern Bahamas by Hurricane Joaquin. Long Island, Rum Cay, Crooked & Acklins were by far the most damaged with the storm sitting over southern Long Island for 36 hours straight with winds topping 135 mph.

    Prior to the tragedy, I had started a drive to bring much needed school supplies to Long Island with the guidance & assistance of Ms. Dawn Simmons of the Ministry of Tourism (Salt Pond) along with local educators. Below is a list as sent to me prior to the storm.

    School Supplies for Long Island & Other Disaster Relief

  • Bahamas Chatter: New Schedule for Weather Broadcasts, Explorer Chartbooks, Bahamas

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasExplorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com is extremely valuable.

    New Schedule for Weather Broadcasts
    Posted: 02 Nov 2015 05:26 AM PST
    Wx Update, SCHEDULE, //WL2K R/ Sat31, 11a

    New schedule for SSB Voice Nets & simultaneous Internet Webcasts
    Tonight the US undergoes its semiannual time change ritual, so beginning Monday, November 2, there will be a few minor changes to timing of SSB Voice Nets:
    Please visit the following link to download pdf files with the schedule and map:
    http://mwxc.com/news/?p=199

    In plain text, here’s the scoop:
    E Caribbean & offshore vessels S of 30N moving toward E Caribbean: 7:00am AST (6am EST / 1100 utc) on 4.045 USB & 8.137 USB.
    Bahamas, Florida, and other areas within 200mi of Florida: 6:30am EST (1130 utc) on 4.045 USB & 8.137 USB.
    US E Coast & offshore vessels N of 30N (Georgia & SouthCarolina may do better on Bahamas/Florida Net): 7:30am EST (1230 utc / 8:30am AST) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB.
    Caribbean W of 72W into E Pacific: 1330 utc (9:30am AST / 8:30am EST) on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB.
    After traffic is finished on the W Caribbean Net, I’ll make a final sweep to the ESE / E / NE from Florida to pick-up any traffic missed earlier in the morning.

    NEW NET IN THE EVENINGs:
    Any Subscribing Vessel to our SSB Voice Nets is welcome to participate in our new evening Net at 2200 utc (5pm EST / 6pm AST). However, the protocol will be different for this Net, since it’s not targeted at any specific group of Islands as are our morning Nets.
    Sometime between 2145 utc – 2200 utc, on either 8.137 USB or 12.350 USB, please say your vessel name & approximate location (name an Island you’re close to, or Lat/Lon rounded to the nearest degree). When I hear you, I will acknowledge you, and let you know I have you on the list for traffic. If I do not acknowledge you, then I don’t hear you, so try the other channel or ask for someone to relay your vessel name & location.
    At about 2200 utc I’ll start working vessels on my list, grouped logically, and with my antennas pointed in your direction.
    One bit of confusion for the first 2 weeks of November is I’ll have to handle Salty Dawg vessels on 8.152 USB & 12.350 USB for maybe 30 minutes beginning at 2200 utc…but as soon as I’m done with them, I’ll begin working my list of Subscribing Vessels on the traffic list on 8.137 USB & 12.350 USB.
    FOR NOW, all the above schedule remains 6 days/week (Daily except Sundays).
    Thank you for your continuing support!…Chris Parker.

  • News from “Bahamas Chatter” from Explorer Chartbooks, Bahamas

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and ExumasExplorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com is extremely valuable.

     

     

     

    Bahamas Chatter: “New Fuel and Dockage Survey October 29, 2015” plus 9 more
    New Fuel and Dockage Survey October 29, 2015
    More Theft In Georgetown
    George Town Cruisers’ Regatta
    Hurricane Relief
    Long Island hurricane damage
    Vet question
    Video from Long Island, Bahamas
    Protect Your Explorer Chartbooks
    July 19, 2015 from the International Space Station – Exumas
    Staniel Cay Airport Update

  • Hurricane Holes in the Bahamas

    Explorer Chartbooks

    This timely discussion and advice re hurricane holes comes from “Bahamas Chatter” on Explorer Chartbooks’ webpage, www.explorercharts.com. TS Erika is bearing down on us, so if you have hurricane hole locations/advice to add, please do so. Explorer Chartbooks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Nassau/New Providence Hurrican Holes
    Published August 26, 2015 | By Strider
    Hello, first time cruising the Bahamas and I have Tropical Storm Erika threatening to upgrade to a Cat 1 hurricane and move towards New Providence. The Explorer Charts are great but don’t really point out or suggest any hurricane holes to set up in to wait the storm out. I am currently anchored off of Potter’s Cay, but don’t think that is the best bet. Thank you in advance for any help!

    Posted in Cruising Information, Latest, Nassau/New Providence, Questions for Fellow Cruisers
    2 Responses to Nassau/New Providence Hurrican Holes
    monty says:
    August 26, 2015 at 7:08 am
    You might consider Palm Cay Marina, Hurricane Hole Marina, or Lyford Cay Marina.

    denogail says:
    August 26, 2015 at 7:31 am
    Don’t forget Atlantis…yes, expensive, but you will have good peace of mind, and you can go on the giant slide, while you wait for the storm. Do not go into any marina that is exposed to the main harbor, such as Yacht Haven or Nassau Harbor Club, as the surge and wave action will destroy your boat on the dock. Get inside somewhere, and be ready to lengthen your dock likes if there is a surge in front of the storm. And, use all your dock lines, but save 2 in standby.

    Those inside marinas will fill up in a hurry with local boats, so don’t wait to long, and make sure if it is a local boat, and they are next to you, that they don’t use the black polypro lobster line to tie up there boat with which they all use. That is what the two extra lines of yours are for…..good luck
    DenO

  • Current Air Service to the Exumas, Bahamas

     Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful Exumas.August 17, 2015

    As a courtesy to Staniel Cay Yacht Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, we forward this letter of explanation regarding current available air service to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.

     

    From: Staniel Cay Yacht Club
    Date: 08/16/2015 8:35 AM (GMT-05:00)

    Subject: Staniel Airstrip Follow-up – What the airstrip closure means to our guests and passengers

    To all of our concerned SCYC guests and Watermakers Air passengers who received our recent email or saw the online petition to repair and reopen the Staniel Cay Airstrip…

    We’re very sorry for causing some undue confusion and concern about this matter.

    YOU DO NOT NEED TO CANCEL YOUR TRIPS!

    The Staniel Cay airstrip has been closed since April but planes have been flying into the neighboring island of Blackpoint since the day it closed and guests are being ferried by boat to Staniel Cay (a 10-15 minute trip). We’ve been doing this for 4 months now so the process is very efficient.

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    Complimentary boat shuttle arriving Saturday morning…

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    …at the SCYC dock.

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    As you can see, this is a fairly painless process for our guests.

    The letter that we forwarded to you in the petition was written by the community of Staniel Cay, who are, as you’d imagine, experiencing a great deal of inconvenience and who are rightly worried about folks who live here that require regular medical attention, etc. And of course, businesses (including ours) are incurring significant expense to deal with this issue… hence the letter.

    However, we have taken great pains to make sure that our guests do not notice this change (for example, extending breakfast hours for our morning arrivals). In short, except for the boat ride, your trip will not be affected in any way. We are operating just like we always have and nothing about your trip or stay on Staniel should be impacted in any sort of negative way due to the airport closure.

  • Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay Ask Your Support!

    Explorer ChartbooksThe full-time residents of Staniel Cay are asking your support to have the Staniel Cay Airport repaired and re-opened. If you cruise to the Exumas, it is obviously in your interest to have the airport in useable condition. Follow the links below and register your support ASAP.

    “Bahamas Chatter” is a newly launched feature of Lewis Offshore, LLC and Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148421.

    Bahamas Chatter: Staniel Cay (Exumas) Airport
    Posted: 13 Aug 2015 02:07 PM PDT
    Dear Staniel Cay Supporter:

    You can take action to help! On August 12, we delivered a petition letter to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas and other key officials, urging the Government to repair and reopen the Staniel Cay airport immediately. The hard copy petition is signed by 164 people – nearly all Staniel Cay residents (locals and foreign homeowners alike), business owners and every private island between here and the Exuma Park headquarters.

    Of course, many more people and entities are affected by the airport closure as well. We now seek widespread signatures from the many other supporters of Staniel Cay: extended families of Staniel Cay locals; families and guests of homeowners; families and clients of business owners; private cay owners/operators/families/staff/guests; boaters and cruisers; SCYC and rental home guests; private pilots; charter companies; pilot organizations; fly-in tour groups; suppliers; tourism agencies; and any other person or entity who experiences the negative impact of the Staniel Cay airport closure and urges its immediate repair/reopening. We have established an online petition to reach as many affected persons as possible.

    Please go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/staniel-airport to read the August 12th letter from Concerned Citizens of Staniel Cay & Vicinity and SIGN YOUR NAME IN SUPPORT. Please sign as soon as possible so we can cite a strong number of online signatures. (If you are seeing this belatedly, we still welcome your signature as we will continue to cite growing numbers in ongoing efforts with officials.) Please continue to visit the site for updates and any further calls to action.

    PLEASE FORWARD this information to your own contacts and networks of Staniel Cay-related persons/businesses to encourage their online signatures as well. We sincerely apologize for duplicate emails you may receive as word of this important initiative spreads.

    Huge thanks to all signers! To all of you who love Staniel Cay, thank you for your continued support of this special Cay, and let’s get our airport up and running again!

    Thank you!

    Dawn Spivey & Brooks Miller

  • VIDEO: Danger near PIGS in Staniel Cay, Exumas

    Our thanks to Skipper Norman Quinn for sending this video and this warning: DO NOT FEED THE PIGS!

    Our friends Vern and Rose on M/V Roamalot reported a serious accident at Pig Beach on Big Major Cay in the Exumas. While feeding the pigs, one of the largest pigs attacked and bit Rose pulling her right out of their dingy and nearly severing her thumb from her hand. She flew back to a Fort Lauderdale hospital where she underwent emergency hand surgery to repair three breaks and severed tendons in her thumb. Just a word of warning to cruisers in the Staniel Cay area…do not feed the pigs, especially in shallow water where they can jump into the boat and attack.

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    Staniel Cay where the pigs swimand here's a candid shot of a fellow who went ashore without food for the pigs and the chase is on.

    Staniel Cay where the pigs swim and here’s a candid shot of a fellow who went ashore without food for the pigs and the chase is on.

     

  • The Beautiful Abacos Islands of the Bahamas

    Here is a website for those of you who have opted to remain in the Bahamas for the summer:

    http://www.bahamas.com/islands/abacos

    Welcome to The Abacos. Calm waters, warm breezes and panoramic beauty make this 120-mile–long chain of islands a boating and sailing paradise. But it’s not just the sea that attracts travelers from around the world. Those who prefer to explore by land will find championship golf courses on Treasure Cay, charming colonial towns on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays, and countless hotels, restaurants and bars throughout The Abacos.

  • Praise for Great Harbour Cay Marina, Berry Islands, Bahamas

    The beautiful Bahamas! The Berry Islands are made up of a land mass that totals just over twelve square miles. Many of the 30 cays that comprise the islands are great for snorkeling, hiking, diving and beachcombing.

    Great Harbour Cay Marina
    Cruising News
    Just returning from two months in the Berry Islands of which we spent 15 days in Great Harbour Cay Marina. I can’t say enough good things about our stay there. Friendly, helpful staff always there to grab your lines when you’re arriving or help get you out when you leave. Totally protected, peaceful and quiet, very well maintained modern facilities and very reasonable rates. Excellent internet on your boat. Reasonable twice daily scheduled air service from Nassau. I highly recommend this facility to anyone in the area. Ask for Hans – he’ll take care of you.
    Jerry Shinn


  • Explorer Chartbooks Partners with SSECN, Bahamas

    Explorer ChartbooksThe Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is pleased to let the cruising community know that we are partnering with Lewis Offshore, LLC’s Explorer Chartbooks to share timely and useful information concerning cruising in the Bahamas. “Explorer Chartbooks” have 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. Their launch of “Bahamas Chatter” and real time cruising information via their web site, www.explorercharts.com has been well received. Extending this valuable information to “The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net” will expand their offering coverage in the best interest of the cruising community to make for safe and enjoyable cruising – supporting the notion of “know before you go”.
    We look forward to hearing from you, our readers, as to how we can make this partnership more valuable for you.
    We are pleased and look forward to working with Monty, Sara and the Lewis Offshore, LLC.

    CLICK HERE For ExplorerCharts May 15 Dockage and Fuel Survey.

  • Bridge Height Question in the Grand Lucayan Waterway, Bahamas

    This request for bridge clearance by Skipper Charles was prompted by a discussion of the Grand Lucayan Waterway back in 2010, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=31487. If you have recent experience dealing with bridge height in the Waterway, let us hear from you! The Grand Lucayan Waterway is a north/south passage that allows boaters to travel from Dover Sound, which is on the north side of Grand Bahama, to the Northwest Providence Channel on the southern side of the island. The Casuarina Bridge crosses the waterway with a charted 27-foot fixed vertical clearance.

    What is the real clearance of the bridge on the Lucaya waterway?
    Charles

  • Shoaling in Bimini Entrance Channel

    This warning has been posted on several websites including AGLCA’s Forum. The author is not very specific about the location of the shoaling, so we have to assume the shoaling is somewhere in the main entry channel between North and South Bimini.

    Attention to boaters coming to BIMINI, Bahamas. Last week storm shoaled the channel entrance and now it’s 5′ at low tide instead of 10’. I almost get stock this morning at 5 am and with the swell, not nice when your boat is bouncing on top of sand bar while you tried to get out of there… If you know anyone coming this week, tell them to arrive at high tide until they dredge the channel again.
    Claude Auclair

     

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