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  • Hurricane Holes in the Bahamas

    Explorer Chartbooks

    This timely discussion and advice re hurricane holes comes from “Bahamas Chatter” on Explorer Chartbooks’ webpage, 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

  • 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.


    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

    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 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.


    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:

    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, 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, 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?

  • 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



  • George Town Cruising Regatta, February 19-28, 2015

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

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club would be the perfect stopover on your way to attend the George Town Cruising Regatta, because they get very high marks from cruisers, as in, and, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    Dear Cruisers,
    Welcome to the 35th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta to be held starting February 19 – 28, 2015 . I am proud to serve as Chairman for this year’s regatta and we are going to have a great time.
    Our Theme for 2015 is “Return to Margaritaville” so dig out those flowered shirts, coconut bras and go buy a parrot. Our Opening night and Variety Show will again be held with the George Town people in Regatta Park. I know you can put an act together to show your talents or just make a fool of yourself like I did last year.
    We again have 3 races for the Cruisers as well as a Rally to Long Island to enjoy another beautiful Family Island of the Bahamas. Post Race Parties will be at the sponsors resort. Even if you don’t want to race your boat, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy.
    Our Regattas are successful because everyone helps out. Tell your friends, let your local boating newspapers know and come on out and have fun.
    Looking forward to seeing you all again in George Town in 2015.
    Oliver and Pam Sinclair
    s/v- Dejarlo
    Chairman for 2014-5

  • First Friday in February Farmers Festival, 2/6-7, Exumas, Bahamas

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

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club would be the perfect stopover on your way to attend the 5-F’s, because they get very high marks from cruisers, as in, and, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    The famous “5-Fs” – for First, Friday, February, Farmers and Festival – is an annual homecoming event for this tiny settlement in the Exumas, and a favorite for cruisers. The celebration includes Bahamian Class-C sloop races, great Bahamian food, and lots of games and activities for the whole family. February 6-7, 2015 on Little Farmer’s Cay.

  • Check Out Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, Abaco, Northern Bahamas

     Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht ClubNow that many of you are in southern waters and maybe headed for the Bahamas, don’t miss this opportunity to link with the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club. Check them out (see and learn of the many exciting benefits a membership can bring and all the enjoyment it can add to your time in and around Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. Drop a note to the club’s commodore, John F. Conley, at:, or their membership Commodore, Valerie Nucci, at:
    Keep us posted on all your fun times.

    January 12 at 4:32pm
    RMHYC members receive a discount on our anchorage books.
    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

  • Bahamas Anchorage Fees?

    Our thanks to friends Chuck and Susan for sending this article by Natario McKensie in Tribune242. From the Bahamas Trust Chairman’s remarks, you can see that he doesn’t think much of transients from the US.

    Could we soon be paying to anchor in the Bahamas? It’s not as far fetched as you might think.
    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

    Trust Chief: Anchorage Fees Must Be Nationwide

    Tribune Business Reporter

    The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) chairman has called for anchorage fees to be imposed in mooring spots throughout the Bahamas.

    Addressing the ninth annual Exuma Business Outlook conference, Eric Carey noted that while the BNT had implemented anchorage fees at the Exuma Land & Sea Park to cover its annual operating expenses and upgrade infrastructure, the initiative was one he believed should be implemented in other areas.

    “We need to think about doing these sorts of initiatives in other areas like Elizabeth Harbour off of Black Point, Staniel Cay and Nassau Harbour,” he said.

    “They come down there they anchor and they pay absolutely nothing and they come fully stocked. Half of the time they don’t even spend $5 in the Bahamas and what do they eat? Our fish,” said Mr Carey.

    For the rest of the article, go to:

  • Consider Membership in Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, Abaco, Northern Bahamas

     Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club

    Please give a big welcome to Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, the newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! RMHYC has already attracted a number of SSECN readers to its membership who report a wealth of activities through club membership. A wonderful way to get truly involved in the spirit of the Abacos! Be sure to tell them SSECN sent you!

    RMHYC is a yacht club based in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, an island group in the northern Bahamas. Boaters, both power and sail, as well as land-based members, enjoy the gin-clear waters surrounding the Sea of Abaco and participate in many social activities.
    Year after year, members from all over the United States and Canada spend the winter at several local marinas and the pristine anchorages of the Sea of Abaco. Once you arrive in Abaco you won’t want to leave!
    Membership provides the opportunity to participate in incredibly varied activities and far reaching discounts. You may choose to participate in any activity or none at all, but nearly everyone enjoys our membership discounts!

    The standard one-year membership includes annual dues of $30 and a one-time initiation fee of $120, which includes a Club Burgee, that will be mailed to your primary address. If a person pays between October 1st and December 30th, their dues will be considered paid for both the current and following year. For more information, go to

    And on your voyage south, be sure to take along “The Great Book of Anchorages, Bahamas” by Susan Landry and Chuck Baier. See

  • Chikungunya Virus Likely to Spread in the Bahamas

    As reported by Mike Ahart in Waterway News Updates,, the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been spreading through the Caribbean and has reached the Turks & Caicos. Health officials in the Bahamas expect that it will soon spread into the Bahamas.

    ALTHOUGH no cases of the chikungunya virus have been detected in the Bahamas, the virus is “likely” to arrive and infect people in the country, according to a local health official.
    Dr Delon Brennen, chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health, told The Tribune yesterday that it would be improbable for the Bahamas to escape infections from the fast-spreading virus.
    “It’s impossible to predict when, but it’s spreading throughout the Caribbean and has come as high as Turks and Caicos island,” he said. “With all the travel and trade throughout the Caribbean, it’s likely to come here.”
    Cases of the virus have already been detected in the United States. Dr Brennen said whether many of this country’s residents are affected will depend partly on the quality of precautionary measures they take.
    Tribune Staff Reporter

    For the full story in the article, go to

  • Important News from Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Bahamas/Exumas

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

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club gets very high marks from cruisers, as in, because, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club Important Announcement

    Exciting News! Major Dining Experience Renovations at SCYC! New seating, better capacity and even better food!
    In order to make this happen, certain aspects of SCYC will be closed from September 16, 2014 through November 1, 2014.

    The following will be CLOSED from 9/16/2014 – 11/1/2014: Breakfast, Dinner, & Bungalows (hotel)
    HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING WILL REMAIN OPEN: Marina, Fuel Dock, Lunch (daily grill out on the marina), Ice/Garbage, Bar (drinks only – no “bar food”), Gift Shop/Liquor Store, WiFi Internet

    We know you are going to love the changes!

  • Advice on Cruising to the Bahamas

    Skipper Berman obviously has spent a good deal time in the Bahamas and most recently commented on Staniel Cay Yacht Club: He offers good advice on lengthy stays in the Bahamas.

    Hi Larry
    We could likely write a book about “stories” concerning the frustrations and costs of getting parts, mechanics and repairs in the Bahamas. Own own “adventures” and others. What needs to be emphasized is the importance of getting the mechanicals in first class shape before entering the Bahamas, having an abundance of spares aboard and then if difficulties arise being prepared to take ones vessel back to Florida. Even if it has to be towed. What is especially galling is having to pay a “hefty duty” for flying in a skilled engine mechanic on top of the duties levied on the parts. The upside is that for the most part the Bahamas are not crowded outside the major tourist areas. Few Americans keep their boats in the Bahamas for extended periods. How would they get repairs/maintenance ?
    Cruising to the Bahamas is always an “adventure”.
    Peter I Berman

  • Report from Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Bahamas/Exhumas

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

    Usually, Staniel Cay Yacht Club gets very high marks, as in, because, after all, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    Quality food supplies are a problem. And the surrounding anchorage is not friendly in a real blow. Together with many shoal areas. Areas north and south of Staniel offer some of the most magnificent secluded anchorages on the planet. But Staniel does have its bar. And nearby Thunderball.

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