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  • Bahamas Chatter: Best spots to anchor going through the Exumas

    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: Best spots to anchor and sight see from Nassau going South through the Exumas
    Best spots to anchor and sight see from Nassau going South through the Exumas
    Posted: 19 Jan 2016 03:21 PM PST
    I am bareboat sailing a family trip in March departing out of Nassau and looking for suggestions on (1) best spots to anchor for great activities including snorkeling, swimming, lobster hunting and sightseeing. (2) best anchoring locations for night. We are planning a counter clockwise route leaving Nassau going south through the Exumas and return Nassau. Also any great restaurants along that route to have dinner where we san sailing in. Thanks, Bill

  • Bahamas Chatter: “I feel your pain” 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. In this posting, more on local island school supplies are addressed.

    Bahamas Chatter: “I feel your pain” plus 2 more
    Posted: 15 Jan 2016 02:31 PM PST
    I spent about 20 years as a land surveyor and was always amazed at the comments that a homeowner would make as I was setting his property corner marker…”That’s not where it goes…They’re all 100′ lots here…Don’t you know how to measure ??? ”
    In his mind what I did was a simple task that any idiot could accomplish …I could never figure out what made them think what I did as a seasoned professional was so easy.
    This was all before Facebook & the Internet ….At least he had the courage to confront me face to face on the lawn…Sometimes I’d try to enlighten him as to my methods & sometimes I’d walk with him to where he thought his other property corner should be & I’d stretch out the tape to 100’…As you probably have guessed it was always more the 100′ between his two points….With that he would walk back in to his house.
    Unfortunately there will be NO poetic justice here but know this ….I for one and countless others have been traveling down your recommended routes with total confidence for 16 years…
    Your work product speaks for itself..Having been cruising in these islands in the early 80’s without GPS or even usable Loran with Yachtsman’s Guide sketch charts only, even your very first charts were a welcome & quantum leap forward …
    Chin -up mate

    Hurricane Joaquin Supplies Missing to Acklins
    Posted: 15 Jan 2016 04:28 AM PST
    Hello all,
    Shortly after the storm, World Jet through pilot, Mr. Edward Hinkley, (561.718.9051) offered to fly needed supplies to Long and Crooked Islands. We boxed up 4 large containers of emergency supplies containing chain saws, starter battery chargers, solar panels, non perishable foods, roofing materials, tarps, ropes, flashlights and clothing, among other things. We dropped the boxes off at World Jet at the airport. The four boxes were from Home Depot and had our names and phone numbers on them, both Bahamian and USA. The boxes were specifically addressed to Mr. Moses Forbes and Mr. Cargain Forbes of Salina Point, Acklins. Moses was the maintenance person in charge of the power plant in Salina Point and Cargain, was a police officer who worked out of the Spring Point Station and lived in Salina Point. Both men were friends of mine many years ago and I wanted to be sure they and their families received the supplies.
    I have contacted Mr. Hinkley several times and have not been able to find out where the boxes went. He said that if they didn’t make the plane, they would be shipped by boat. I have tried many times to get through to these two individuals but have no response from them. If anyone knows how to contact them or to find out where the four boxes went, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
    David O’Connor
    561.386.2692

    testing email
    Posted: 14 Jan 2016 07:39 AM PST
    Cruisers can now comment directly from email. Once you subscribe to the group, please email info@explorercharts.com <mailto: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: Long Island Supplies Needed

    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. In this posting, supply needs of the local island schools are addressed. Please help if you can.

    Bahamas Chatter: Long Island Supplies Needed

    Posted: 13 Jan 2016 05:44 AM PST
    Thanks to a Long Island resident for the following information of interest to the cruising community:

    “I would like to give you a broad idea of what we are replacing in the classrooms.”

    FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SUPPLIES NEEDED GO TO: Long Island Supplies Needed

  • Bahamas Chatter: Looking for Crossing Advice or Buddy

    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: looking for crossing advice or a buddy boat

    looking for crossing advice or a buddy boat
    Posted: 11 Jan 2016 03:17 PM PST
    At the beginning of February, Margaret and I would like to attempt our first crossing to the Bahamas. We would like to go to the Abacos on our 36′ Grand Banks trawler with a cruising speed of around 9 knots. We have considerable cruising experience, having come down from Buffalo NY a few times, and have just returned to the Punta Gorda FL area from the Keys. While we were in Marathon, we met sailors that were waiting for their crossing window. We have the waterway guide. We know we should wait until no north winds are present and the seas calmed, but we seem confused now, so we would like some advice on our plannings:

    Should we return to Marathon and head for the Bahamas via the Hawk Channel?
    Should we cross the Okeechobee and use an east coast port? Which one and why?
    Should we head directly for the Abacos or go to Bimini first?
    Is anyone with experience going there about this time. Can we join you?
    Smooth waters, and thanks. Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Margaret and Bob Kaine, Beyond The Sea

  • Bahamas Chatter: Cruising Permit The Bahamas – One Night Stay?

    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: Cruising Permit The Bahamas – One Night Stay?
    Cruising Permit The Bahamas – One Night Stay?
    Posted: 06 Jan 2016 04:40 AM PST
    In the case of an overnight trip from, let’s say, North Palm Beach to West End Grand Bahamas, is the cruiser required to purchase a cruising permit at full price upon arrival at West End? Or, is the cruising permit required only if planning to stay over a specific number of days?

  • Bahamas Chatter: “New Responses to Fuel Survey”

    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: “New Responses to Fuel Survey”
    New Responses to Fuel Survey
    Posted: 05 Jan 2016 08:26 AM PST
    After the holidays, we have had a couple more responses to our request for updates on our monthly Fuel and Dockage Survey. Here’s what’s been added to the listing:

    Treasure Cay Marina, diesel $4.24

    Bimini Bluewater Marina. Diesel $4.20, Gas $4.55.

    We appreciate those of you who have sent us prices as you get fuel along the way. There still are many marinas we haven’t heard from, so we hope you will send any new information that you may get on your next fuel stop.
    Thanks,
    Monty

    New Responses to Fuel Survey
    Posted: 05 Jan 2016 08:26 AM PST
    After the holidays, we have had a couple more responses to our request for updates on our monthly Fuel and Dockage Survey. Here’s what’s been added to the listing:

    Treasure Cay Marina, diesel $4.24

    Bimini Bluewater Marina. Diesel $4.20, Gas $4.55.

    We appreciate those of you who have sent us prices as you get fuel along the way. There still are many marinas we haven’t heard from, so we hope you will send any new information that you may get on your next fuel stop.

    Thanks,

    Monty

    Garmin Charts
    Posted: 05 Jan 2016 04:36 AM PST
    Are explorer charts available for Garmin chart plotters ?

  • Bahamas Chatter: “A Nassau Alternative” plus 1 more

    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: “A Nassau Alternative” plus 1 more
    A Nassau Alternative
    Posted: 04 Jan 2016 04:16 PM PST
    For years, we have gone through Nassau Harbour on our way to the Exumas, sometimes stopping at a marina, sometimes pushing on across the Yellow Bank. This year we tried something new: We went outside of Paradise Island (it was New Years Day and the tour boats were like locusts) for a beautiful view of Atlantis and the rest of the island. We came in on the eastern end of the harbour and went around the corner to Palm Cay Marina on the southeast coast.

    We were more than delighted with our stay there. First of all, after a warm and rolly day at sea across the Northeast Providence Channel, we were refreshed with a dip in the saltwater pool overlooking the Yellow Bank. The use of the courtesy car allowed us to go to the nearby locals supermarket, Super Value, and stock up for better prices than we would find on Bay Street. The staff was friendly and helpful and made our short stay most pleasant and the dockage rates were no higher than in the harbour, in some cases less expensive. There is a lovely restaurant, a tiki bar on the beach, a laundry, and a small gift shop. Exiting the next morning for the Exumas was quick and easy from there, a straight shot out and across the Yellow Bank.

    Make sure you arrive before dark as a security chain blocks the entrance in the nighttime.


    Berry Islands: A Not-so-overlooked Cruising Ground
    Posted: 04 Jan 2016 04:04 PM PST
    Often the Berry Islands are “fly-over” territory for Bahamas cruisers headed to Nassau or the Exumas or beyond. Yet their popularity has increased as evidenced by greater numbers of boats lingering and enjoying the beautiful clear water, the great fishing, the possibility for secluded anchorages. Indeed, many folks are spending the entire winter cruising season there, gunkholing about or extending their stay at the excellent Great Harbour Cay Marina for some reasonable dockage fees. The marina staff goes out of their way to make guests feel at home and taken care of, to the smallest details. And it is a very secure all-around protection from bad weather. The village of Bullocks Harbour has some services to offer with two excellent beachfront restaurants for special dining, in addition to the village cafes. Several flights a day come in and out of Nassau, plus several times a week from Ft. Lauderdale, making it more accessible to bring visitors in to yachts.

    Of course, there is also Chub Cay Marina, which is often a stopover for boats transiting the Bank or anglers eager to catch the big fish. And don’t forget the iconic Flo’s Conch Bar at Little Harbour Cay, where Chester greets you with a smile and serves up some of his mom’s recipe of conch fritters.

    For the flyfishing enthusiast, there are miles of flats where the elusive bonefish lure fishermen to try to catch them.

    The string of cays from Stirrup to Chub present a number of choices for enjoying this beautiful archipelago.

  • Bahamas Chatter: A Question on Checking in at Bimini

    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.

    Checking in at Bimini
    Posted: 03 Jan 2016 04:07 AM PST
    We are jumping from F Lauderdale to Bimini, when the weather clears, and would like to know if North or South is a more convenient check in to get a 90 day cruising permit? We’ve been told that you must go to the airport on South Bimini, and that North might make you pull into a marina to clear. We are quiet, nature loving cruisers, who prefer good holding to Bars and Marinas… But we want the fastest clearance possible. Thanks for the advice!

  • Skipper Looking for Suggestions

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Skipper Hugh is looking for 3 months storage in the Bahamas. If you are familiar with boat yards/marinas in the Bahamas, let us hear from you. In the meantime, we suggest that Hugh dig into Explorer Chartbooks, a SSECN Partner, for information on long term storage.

    About to leave SW Florida for my first Bahamas trip on my 36′ monohull sailboat. Plan to sail through June or July 2016 and then find somewhere to leave the boat preferably on the hard.
    Any suggestions as to somewhere to be hauled for about 3months?
    Hugh
    Sea Otter
    Islander Freeport 36

  • 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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    cay4
    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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    cay6
    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.

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