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    • Old Bahama Bay Marina by Greg Allard

      Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club

      If you are in the Bahamas – Lucky You! – don’t miss the opportunity to link with the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!. Our thanks to Greg Allard for this on-site report and the very latest news from Old Bahama Bay Marina, including the fact that the marina is now fully open.

      Bahamas Update on Old Bahama Bay/West End on Grand Bahama  

      There has been much discussion about the status of the facilities at Old Bahama Bay, especially since it is
      a common place to “make land” for Bahamian bound cruisers, and also a convenient location to clear Customs and 
      Immigration.
       
      I spoke with Jackie Carroll, the general manager for the Old Bahama Bay resort. We know her from our stops there over the years, and have always found her to be competent and customer friendly. She said their recent “troubles” are now over. Ms. Carroll advised that the marina is now fully open: all slips are available for occupancy with full electricity at each slip.  Customs and Immigration (which never shut down) is running as usual. There is fuel available.
       
      Two days ago, after crossing the Florida Straits (Gulf Stream) on our way from Lake Worth Inlet to Port Lucaya, we passed offshore of Old Bahama Bay; there was significant VHF traffic between cruising boats and the dockmaster of the marina, announcing arrivals and requesting slip assignments, all of which confirms that this popular and necessary destination is again available for cruisers.
       
      Here are the contact numbers for Old Bahama Bay, if you need further information.  
       
      888 983 6188
      242 346 6500
      242 350 6516

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    • Update on Old Bahama Bay Marina, Bahamas

      Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club

      Now 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, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!. Our thanks to Jim Lund for sharing this update on Old Bahama Bay Marina.

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Big Changes in Explorer Electronic Data Availability

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

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

      Big Changes in Explorer Electronic Data Availability

      February 2019 introduces some changes in the sources of data being used for electronic navigation in the Bahamas. If you have come to rely on the accuracy of the Explorer chart data, this is important information for you. If you are planning a trip to the Bahamas in the near future, you may need to make some changes right now to assure that you go with the best chart data.

      One of the recent developments causing a shift is that Garmin has purchased Navionics. 

      Garmin has announced that its new g3 marine electronics offerings will contain only Navionics data for the Bahamas. With this February 2019 issue, Garmin will no longer make Explorer Bahamas data available to its customers. The g3 will be included in the g3 accessory cards and pre-loaded chart plotters.

      The Explorer data is still available on g2 accessory cards (Garmin) and earlier pre-loaded chart plotters which may be in inventory for a few more weeks. Although the release of the new g3 material has already begun, customers desiring Explorer data still have an opportunity to upgrade their g2 cards.  

      If you haven’t upgraded your Garmin for awhile and don’t have the g2 data, we urge you to call Garmin or visit your marine electronics store to insure that you travel to the Bahamas with the tried and true Explorer chart data. 

      Other avenues for insuring Explorer-only data is to go with C-Map by Navico products and its affiliates SIMRAD, LOWRANCE, and B&G. Also, chart data through MapMedia, MaxSea, Nobeltec, Standard Horizon, RosePoint Coastal Explorer, and Furuno can be trusted to use Explorer vector and raster information. If you are using RayMarine hardware, please inquire of the company as Explorer data is available but not on all units.

      There are also three new apps for phone/tablet that now include Explorer-only raster data.  Check out AquaMap and iNavx.  Links below:

      Aquamap links

      iTunes 

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aqua-map-marine-boating-gps/id919552329?mt=8

      Google Play

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gec.MarineApp.WorldViewerLite

      iNavX links

      Itunes

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inavx-marine-navigation/id286616280?mt=8

      Google Play

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gpsnavx.iNavX

      Embark (by C-Map) links

      Itunes

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/embark-your-nautical-charts-for-boating/id967289980?mt=8&ct=stylum.teamworkpm.net

      Google Play

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.isea.Embark&utm_source=stylum.teamworkpm.net

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Ted Arisaka -  February 7, 2019 - 8:41 am

        Using Aqua Map on my iDevices in The Bahamas right now. The Explorer maps are great.

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    • Bimini Crossing Buddies Sought

      If you are planning a crossing in June or July, please let us hear from you.

      Good afternoon I’m interested in some information regarding any flotillas that you organize for a Bimini crossing from the east coast of Florida. Is that something that you typically do how would I get information regarding any flotillas scheduled for June or July 2019?
      Bill Muehling

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    • Information on New No-Wake Zones in the Bahamas

      No-Wake zones, especially in mooring areas and anchorages, can make a huge difference in a crew’s safety and enjoyment of an area. Please heed the zones!

      Elijah Sands posted in Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.
      Some information on the new “No wake Zones” in the park,…See More
      Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park Notice:
      The increase of vessel traffic and vessels moored at Cambridge Cay – ECLSP has prompted the BNT to invoke special regulations for vessels transiting Cambridge Cay channel to the West of the Mooring Field.
      Increased usage and transiting boat traffic through this channel has created the need for a “Slow No Wake” zone.
      All vessels are required to reduce their speed between the three (3) “Slow No Wake” buoys in position at the BNT Cambridge Cay Channel. 5 mph (max) speed limits and other safe boating regulations are in place and will be enforced.
      The Wardens of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) have established this permanent “Slow No Wake” zone at the Cambridge Cay Channel and have marked this channel with (3) buoys.
      This new “Slow No Wake” area at Cambridge Cay Channel is effective from January 1st, 2019, and is permanent.
      The BNT wishes to remind boaters that there is a “Slow No Wake” regulation throughout ALL mooring fields located within the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Please do abide by these regulations at all times.
      To seek further information about this and all other idle and no wake zones, contact the BNT Administrator via VHF channel 09, or through Bahamas National Trust – Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park Head Quarters at 242-601-7438. #WeareBNT
      Elijah Sands on Facebook

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

        • Beth Barrie -  January 14, 2019 - 7:26 pm

          Jayne Gorham thanks. I just “liked” Cruiser’s Net”, looks like a good resource.

          Reply to Beth
    • Report from Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas

      Our thanks to experienced cruiser and longtime contributor to Cruisers Net, Greg Allard, for this report and link from the Exumas, Bahamas.

      Larry – At the time of our last cruise to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas, we noticed that maintenance on some of the moorings had been “deferred.” This was a disappointment, since traditionally the moorings in the Park had been excellent and well-maintained.

      This article [link below] from the Bahamian National Trust which oversees the Park, is written by the new Park Warden, Brent Burrows II. For all Bahamian cruisers who consider the Park to be one of the absolute best places in the Bahamas, this is encouraging news about the refurbishment of the mooring systems.

      When we visited the Park in May of 2018, we met Mr. Burrows as well as the overall Park Administrator Joe Ierna, Jr. Both of those individuals have brought a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to their positions, and this article reflects that.

      Some cruisers were unhappy when the Park raised its mooring fees, and imposed a charge for anchoring. But the Park has a very limited budget, and the new fees help to improve this extraordinary facility. In my view, the value of what the Park provides far outweighs the cost. If you haven’s cruised there, it is an extraordinary experience.

      Greg Allard
      M/V Meander

      Leading MPAs Worldwide in Providing Safe & Effective Moorings

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Terry Byrne -  December 8, 2018 - 11:44 am

        We have been going there for 17 years but will pass by until they stop charging to anchor. We used to be members and donated and the park functioned fine with volunters brfore the current money hungry mgt. took over. The park is a natural wonder, just keep out the poachers. I wonder where all these fees are going?
        Terry

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      2. Jose Niles -  December 8, 2018 - 9:08 am

        I’m thinking Santa will be there for a little R&R soon

        Reply to Jose
    • Bahamas Chatter: New Plymouth Pier

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Explorer Chartbooks, A 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 Plymouth Pier
      New Plymouth Pier

      Posted: 23 Nov 2018 05:19 AM PST

      The town dock at New Plymouth Settlement at Green Turtle Cay is brand new. Unfortunately, at this time there are no ladders so getting from the dinghy is difficult. There is another dock by Curries Grocery which we used, don’t forget your stern anchor. As usual, the Customs Officer was really friendly and we cleared in with no fuss or bother.

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Tom Earnest -  November 30, 2018 - 6:38 pm

        Good info. Thanks for posting

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    • Bahamas Chatter: New fuel and dockage survey November 21, 2018

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Explorer Chartbooks, A 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 November 21, 2018
      New fuel and dockage survey November 21, 2018

      Posted: 21 Nov 2018 03:47 PM PST

      A new survey of dockage and fuel prices has been completed and posted showing most of the marinas offering these services in the Bahamas. Most fuel prices were up with a few exceptions that remained unchanged. A few marinas reduced dockage rates but none lowered fuel prices.

      Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

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    • Metal Shark in the Bahamas

      Our thanks to good friend and frequent contributor to Cruisers Net, Greg Allard, for sharing this Facebook video.

      Those of you who have cruised in the Bahamas, or are lucky enough to live there, and have enjoyed the extraordinary Exuma Land and Sea Park, will find this interesting. Don’t miss the video.

      -Greg Allard
      M/V Meander

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    • The Big Five Bahamian Sharks

      Here’s food for thought…

      There’s a Shark in the Water
      Actually, there are more than 40 different species of sharks in The Bahamas, but it’s these five that are the largest.

       

       

      The Big Five
      Southern Boating Media Group

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    • The Lowdown on Chartering in 2018

      As cold weather approaches, do you dream of the warm, sunny waters of the Bahamas? Here’s the scoop!

      The Scoop on Chartering The Bahamas from Southern Exposure

      Charter The Bahamas from Southern Exposure

      What boat owners should consider before chartering or sharing vessels
      South Florida Business Journal

      Tips to Get the Best from Your Yacht Charter! Being Flexible on Your Itinerary.
      Coastal Yacht Management

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Disney may build cruise ship resort on Eleuthera

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Explorer Chartbooks, A 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 may build cruise ship resort on Eleuthera
      Disney may build cruise ship resort on Eleuthera

      Posted: 20 Oct 2018 05:26 AM PDT

      In a decision criticized by locals and environmentalists, the government of the Bahamas has given tentative approval to a plan by Disney Cruise Line to build a cruise port on the southern tip of Eleuthera.

      The port would be part of a 746-acre development by the subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. entertainment empire and would include a pier, shops, marina, restaurants and walkways through nearby forest and around salt ponds.

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Dog on board for Bahamas

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Explorer Chartbooks, A 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: Dog on board for Bahamas
      Dog on board for Bahamas

      Posted: 08 Oct 2018 02:38 PM PDT

      Last year we sent in our form and money for the import license for our dog and NEVER received it, even after several phone calls. They seem to be in total disorder in this department and they say the mail doesn’t even get to them. Anyone have any luck getting their import license? Any suggestions? Thank you, Kathi

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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, 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

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    • Bahamas Chatter: New dock at Lorraine’s Cafe, Black Point, Exuma

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Explorer Chartbooks, A 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 dock at Lorraine’s Cafe, Black Point, Exuma
      New dock at Lorraine’s Cafe, Black Point, Exuma
      Posted: 21 Aug 2018 03:23 PM PDT

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