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Archive For: Bahamas

  • Special Report – Bahamas by Greg Allard

    This special report by Greg Allard is typical of the excellent reporting and gorgeous photos our readers have come to expect from Greg’s contribution. And, as always, SSECN is deeply grateful!

    Report from the Bahamas – Grand Bahama: West End & Port Lucaya

    Hurricane Matthew tore through the Bahamas in early October of 2016. When it reached Grand Bahama, it battered the island with sustained winds of 140 mph. This is a report on the current conditions at two of the marinas which are often used by cruisers.  READ MORE!

    1) West End – Old Bahama Bay – West End is one of the key locations for cruisers either entering or leaving the Bahamas. Old Bahama Bay Marina, at West End, was closed for months after the storm, and then re-opened for dockage at $1.00 a foot since the marina was still without power.

    We visited Old Bahama Bay earlier this month (June 12-14, 2017). The marina is now in full operation, and it looks the same as it did before the hurricane. There had been minimal dock damage (all now repaired), thanks to the substantial jetty/sea wall which surrounds the harbor. The main damage had been to the electrical system, since the storm surge had risen about four feet above the level of the fixed docks, destroying all of the power posts and transformers. Those have now been replaced with brand new ones, the repairs to the power supply were completed about two months ago, and power at the docks is solid, at good voltage.

    Generally the resort property at Old Bahama Bay looks excellent. The grounds and buildings are in very good condition, the pool and restaurant are open and there was a lot of activity. Unfortunately, the tiki-bar by the beach at the north side of the property was completely destroyed, as well as a small nearby “shack” which handled diving tours, towels, kayaks, etc. Wisely, the resort rebuilt a temporary tiki bar, which serves drinks and food. Old Bahama Bay has plans to start construction in September on a permanent building at the site, which will include a tiki-bar, dining tables, bathrooms, and other facilities. The Customs/Immigration office at the marina is fully operational.

    The temporary tiki-bar at the beachfront is at the left. The beer was cold and the food good. Eddie’s Gully Wash booth reopened, as did the two local booths run by Miss Anne (a legend at Old Bahama Bay) and Cora, both residents of the West End settlement, which is a small village about two miles east of the resort. That settlement was devastated by the hurricane. We spoke to one resident who – at the height of the storm – had to swim with her family out the back door of her home, toward higher ground.

    Many of the residents of that settlement work at Old Bahama Bay, the only real source of employment in the area. It is worth taking some time to visit the settlement. If you want to help with their recovery efforts, make a donation at the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal/Anglican church. Then, have some excellent conch salad at Shevo’s Conch Shack which was rebuilt and is right along the waterfront; try one of their specialties – a delicious tropical conch salad.

    The resort property is in fine condition. The pool was clean, with all new poolside furniture.

    Dockage at Old Bahama Bay is not inexpensive at $2.99 a foot. Membership in the Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club (RMHYC) entitles you a 20% discount, and allows you to waive the mandatory $20 a day water charge; no discount on holidays.

    If you regularly cruise in the Abacos, you should consider joining the RMHYC, which offers discounts on dockage in many places in the Abacos, and in a few places elsewhere in the Bahamas and in the U.S. (At the Leeward Yacht Club on Green Turtle Cay, the RMHYC card not only gives you a 10% discount on dockage, but also on food and drink at their restaurant.) Here’s the RMHYC link: http://www.rmhyc.com

    Many cruisers find Old Bahama Bay at West End to be perfectly positioned. It’s not just a marina but a resort, so while the dockage charges seem high, you do have access to all of their facilities. We found it a restful stop on our return from three months in the Bahamas.

    2) Grand Bahama Yacht Club at Port Lucaya – About 30 miles east of West End, on the southern coast of Grand Bahama, is Port Lucaya. There are two major marinas there, both owned by the same company. As you enter the harbor through Bell Channel, the Port Lucaya Marina is to port, and the Grand Bahama Yacht Club (GBYC) is to starboard. On our way to the Bahamas, four months ago, we stayed at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club, which was our first stop as we entered the country from the U.S. Contrary to current postings on another web-site, there is no fuel at Port Lucaya Marina, and no Customs/Immigration – both of those operations have been moved months ago to the GBYC. We did not visit the Port Lucaya marina on this trip, but we heard that they had considerable damage – including to the harbormaster’s office which had been completely destroyed.

    Grand Bahama Yacht Club also had damage, but is now in full operation. Some of the slips are unusable, but many are fine, and the repair work continues. The marina will not assign you to any damaged slip.

    The Grand Bahama Yacht Club’s docks can accommodate boats of all sizes. There are many usable undamaged slips; note the two broken pilings between the first two boats.

    This is one of the slips at the marina which is undergoing repair. Apparently a large yacht sought refuge from Matthew at the marina, and was tied to this dock. The hurricane sank the yacht, tearing the concrete dock apart in the process. On the far shore are two other casualties of the storm.

    Both marinas in Port Lucaya list their dockage at $2.20 a foot, but discounts can be had after some polite discussions directly with the marina manager; don’t use the US phone number for any reservations, as they are clueless about any discounts. Instead, call the marina directly. GBYC also offers some good longer term rates. The pool-bar and restaurant at GBYC have not yet reopened, but the marina runs a ferry, on demand, which is a five minute trip over to the Port Lucaya Marina, where there are several restaurants and shopping (and often big crowds, bussed in from cruise ships, to shop there.) We much prefer the peaceful, less frenetic GBYC, with its pleasant grounds and friendly staff. Karen is the congenial manager, Fabian and Aaron the excellent, helpful dockmasters. When we were there, the pool was open, but it needed attention.

    One of the best, highest rated (and expensive) restaurants in the Bahamas, is diagonally across the harbor from the GBYC. We’ve had exceptional meals there. The Flying Fish restaurant has a dinghy dock, and the water shuttle from GBYC will take you there too. Their bar menu, each day at 5:30 out on the patio/dock, is a good value.
    Greg Allard

    Note: I have no financial interest in any of these marinas, and received no compensation in any form.
    These reviews are submitted for the assistance of members of Salty South East Cruisers’ Net.

  • Bahamas Chatter: 8th Edition of Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas

    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: 8th Edition of Explorer Chartbook Near BahamasREAD MORE!

    8th Edition of Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas
    Posted: 23 Jun 2017 08:34 AM PDT
    For those of you who have been waiting for the newest edition (8th) of the popular Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas, which includes the Biminis, Berrys, Andros, Grand Bahama, Abacos, and New Providence), it is ready to ship to your doorstep. Order online at www.explorercharts.com.

    And remember that the new 8th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Exumas just came out last week! If you order all three chartbooks online, you get $4 off each chartbook for a savings of $12. Shipping is free.

    Here’s a peek at the new Near Bahamas:

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Treasure Cay Events” plus 1 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.

    Bahamas Chatter: “Treasure Cay Events” plus 1 more
    Treasure Cay Events
    Posted: 14 Jun 2017 01:02 PM PDT
    Check out the following link to see what exciting things are going on for the rest of June at Treasure Cay Resort and Marina on Great Abaco:

    https://treasurecay.com/events-calendar/weekly-events-june-2017/

    New 8th edition Explorer Chartbook Exumas

  • Persian Cat Found, Abacos, Bahamas – 6/14 Happy Ending

    Ask your anchorage and docking neighbors!  Our thanks to Carmen Albury for this notice.

    Hi, Has anyone cruising through the Abaco’s lost their cat? A sweet Persian cat has been found and appears to have fallen off a boat. Please contact Caribbean Veterinary Center in Abaco at (242) 367-3551 IF THIS IS YOUR KITTY.
    Thank you.
    Carmen Albury READ MORE for Happy Ending!

    6/1/17
    Hi Larry
    The kitty’s owners have not been located and at this point I am fostering her at home. I posted an update and if they don’t contact me by Friday I will be seeking a good home for her. I’d love to keep her but am at my limit of what I’m allowed to have.
    Because our offices will be closed for a few days I added a personal email so anyone can contact me. [See Carmen’s comment below] Thanks again,
    Carmen

    Happy Ending!  Thanks to Carmen Albury

    6/14/17 
    Hi Larry,
    Just a quick update. No one has come forward to claim or adopt kitty, now named Salty. She is an older girl with some health issues so I found a way for her to stay with me. She will be well spoiled as she deserves to be. She had a tough start here, and had either swam to a deserted cay where she was found and brought to us, or worse, which is an alternative I’d prefer not to think about. In any case she is now happy and loved.
    Thank you so much for your help.
    Carmen

  • Looking for Buddy Boats to the Bahamas

    If you are headed for the Bahamas this summer and would like company, give John and Judy a call.

    Looking for buddy boat(s) to cruise the Bahamas. John and Judy are sailing a 35 ft Heritage, departing the Miami area the end of June or early July, looking for the company of other boats to join us on the trip.READ MORE!

    We find that sailing with a “buddy” or 2 increases the enjoyment. The cruising area will be the Abacos and Bimini. We are a retired couple and are not licensed boat captains, but John has extensive experience in the Bahamas, but not recently. If you think you would like to take the trip, give us a call at 863-655-4153 and we’ll talk about it.
    John and Judy Egizi
  • Woodrow Sutton Memorial, May 20, 2017

    In Memoriam – Woody Sutton, Past Commodore of Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club

    From: “Eric Sutton” 
    Subject: Woodrow Sutton Memorial

    All,

    As you know, last week our family suddenly and unexpectedly lost my father, Woody Sutton. First of all, thank you for all of your kind thoughts, we have been touched by all your support. Read More

    My mother, Mary and I invite you to a memorial for my father on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm at 2441 N. Rockwell Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. We hope that you will be able to join us to share memories and celebrate how much he added to all of our lives.

    If you plan to attend, please respond to [eric.sutton@gmail.com] so we are able to plan for food and beverages.

    In lieu of flowers, our family asks that you donate to one of two causes: 1) Every Child Counts which is a school for special needs children that he supported in the Bahamas http://www.everychildcountsabaco.org/how-to-donate/ or 2) YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago citing the designation “Community Schools Annual Fund” which provides a safe place, academic help, the arts as well as other opportunities to CPS students, or other YMCA program of your choice https://donate.ymcachicago.org.

    Please feel free to pass this information on to those that you think would like to know about this. Thank you again for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you.

    Eric Sutton <eric.sutton@gmail.com>
    773-417-9922

  • Bahamas Chatter: “New touring fee at Highbourne Cay” 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.

    Bahamas Chatter: “New touring fee at Highbourne Cay” plus 2 more  Read More

    New touring fee at Highbourne Cay
    Highbourne Cay is now charging a $25 landing fee for persons who are not registered at the marina to tour the cay. This fee does not apply to persons just going to the store, the restaurant, or getting fuel.

    New fuel and dockage survey
    Posted: 08 May 2017 02:22 PM PDT
    We just completed a survey of most of the marinas offering fuel and dockage in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time. More diesel and gas prices were up than down.

    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.

    Bimini Sands resturants..
    Posted: 08 May 2017 02:16 PM PDT
    FYI…both resturants at Bimini Sands are now closed. To bad, as I always liked taking there bus out there, and enjoy the sand floor bar, and good burgers. There susi bar was always good. Gota wonder what was going on there…more stuff closing down…to bad..DenO

  • In Memoriam – Woody Sutton, Past Commodore of Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, Abaco, Northern Bahamas

    Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht ClubRoyal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a popular cruising stop in the Bahamas and Commodore Woody will be missed.

    Fellow Members,

    It is with profound sadness that I share with you the passing of immediate past Commodore Woody Sutton in a car accident in South Carolina this past Sunday. Woody and his wife Ellen were heading home to Chicago for the summer when the accident occurred. Ellen, thankfully survived the accident with only minor injuries. Read More

    On behalf of the Club, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Ellen, a treasured member of our organization. I also wish to send our sympathies to Woody and Ellen’s children and extended family, and of course to their Dock 7 family as well.

    Woody will be remembered for his compassionate leadership, his contributions to the Club and the larger boating community, and his enthusiasm on the pickle ball court and in his yoga classes.

    Personally, I am grateful for the guidance, wisdom and generous support Woody shared with me over the past few years. His advice, as we have transitioned roles this year, has been invaluable.

    Memorial arrangements are currently being planned and I will share that information with you when it becomes available.

    We have all lost a great friend. Boat Harbour will never be the same without him. Please keep Ellen and the Sutton family in your thoughts and prayers.

    Respectfully,

    Ray Meyer

    Commodore,
    Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club

  • Bahamas Chatter: Bimini Sands reopens restaurants and stores

    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: Bimini Sands reopens restaurants and stores
    Bimini Sands reopens restaurants and stores  
    Posted: 30 Apr 2017 02:22 PM PDT READ MORE!

    Gaylord Taylor and Helena Burrows are the new property managers at Bimini Sands on the beach at South Bimini. As new managers they will oversee the grounds, amenities, security and day to day aspects of keeping Bimini Sands running smoothly with a smile.

    Grab an ice cold cocktail and enjoy the beautiful infinity pool while Chef George cooks up your catch. The Little Dipper restaurant and bar is now open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Petite Conch will reopen in mid May as the Big Dipper under the leadership of Phylicia (Philly) Ferguson. The Ship Store will also reopen mid May, bringing more amenities and comforts back to our guests. Want to explore South Bimini? Bicycles are now for rent at the office. Head over and see Shelly and start your adventure today.

    Nothing ruins a beautiful Bimini day faster than mosquitoes, the management has brought in a new team to tackle this issue. They have started an aggressive treatment program and we are already seeing and feeling a huge difference.

    Dockage for most boats is now $2.25 per foot.  

  • Bahamas Chatter: Treasure Cay security gate coming May 1, 2017

    Bahamas Chatter: Treasure Cay security gate coming May 1, 2017
    Treasure Cay security gate coming May 1, 2017
    Posted: 26 Apr 2017 12:39 PM PDT  READ MORE

    The Treasure Cay Property Owners’ Association is pleased to announce the

    implementation of plans to provide improved marine security for all who use the

    waterways inside of Treasure Cay, via controlled access in and out of the channel to the

    marina and private residence docks.

    Beginning May 1, 2017, the entrance to the Treasure Cay channel north of the fuel dock

    will be controlled with a cabled boom system between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM.

    Security staff will be available via channel 16 (Treasure Cay Marina) and land line (242-

    365-8899) to provide emergency access. Also, emergency docking for boats arriving at

    Treasure Cay during the above hours will be available at the fuel dock, so that safe,

    accessible, lighted dockage will always be available.

    Numerous lighted signs will be installed along the channel so that boaters entering and

    leaving the harbor will be given sufficient advance notice when the boom is in place.

    Our Treasure Cay security teams will continue their nightly boat patrols in the harbor and

    adjacent canals and our land based security guards will be available to assist as necessary.

    This long awaited improvement to marine security is important for all boaters who live in

    or visit Treasure Cay. This is one more step taken together by the Treasure Cay Property

    Owners’ Association and Treasure Cay, Ltd. to see that boaters will have the security

    they need and deserve in Treasure Cay.

    For additional information contact: Bill McLean, Security Committee Chair

    242-365-8736

    wjmclean3@aol.com

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: Waypoint Correction

    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: Waypoint Correction
    Waypoint Correction
    Posted: 18 Apr 2017 04:08 AM PDT
    Correct the Emerald Bay waypoint on Chart EX29A, page 47, Exumas and Ragged Island Chartbook, to read 23° 38.29′ N/75° 54.75′ W. The waypoint is correct on page 46,Chart EX 29, and page 17, Chart EX 7.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Cable Near Anchor on Great Inagua Chart” plus 1 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.

    Bahamas Chatter: “Cable Near Anchor on Great Inagua Chart” plus 1 more Read More

    Cable Near Anchor on Great Inagua Chart
    Posted: 14 Apr 2017 01:51 PM PDT
    Thanks to a cruiser for alerting us to the danger of an anchor near a submarine cable on the Great Inagua GI 3 . He reported that he anchored at 20° 58.308’N / 73° 40.840W.

    We have studied several satellite photos of the area near the position of the anchor on Chart GI 3 at the very top of the chart. One of the photos appears to show traces of three possible cable trenches just east of this position. They lead to a track through the brush inland. A search world submarine cables and shows three cables terminating at Matthew Town, Great Inagua. From there the cables run to Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The world cable map is not of a large enough scale to be specific as to the exact position of where the cables land. US NGA charts, used as a reference, don’t show any cables landing on Great Inagua.

    We will immediately remove the anchor from the data base and all future charts and post an update on the Explorer Charts web site.

    Buried cable off Great Inagua
    Posted: 14 Apr 2017 03:52 AM PDT
    Tuesday we were anchored off Matthew Town on Great Inagua near the airport and when we went to raise our anchor we found it caught on a thick cable. I dove on it and found it to be about 3″ so it is probably a communications cable because when we were on shore we noticed a BTC facility near where we were anchored. The cable is not on charts and there is no warning sign visible. When I dove on the anchor when setting it there was no sign of the cable or that we were hooking to it. The cable must be new.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Bahamas Cruising with 6 1/2-foot Draft” plus 1 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.

    Bahamas Chatter: “Bahamas Cruising with 6 1/2-foot Draft” plus 1 more Read More

    Bahamas Cruising with 6 1/2-foot Draft
    Posted: 10 Apr 2017 10:44 AM PDT
    Thanks to our partner cruisersnet.net for forwarding this good report to us:

    We spent 8 weeks sailing our boat in the Bahamas; have a 6 1/2? draft. Did not have a problem. Pay close attention to tides when you plan on entering “skinny water”, study the charts closely and don’t fixate on your chart plotter – learn to read the water (color changes).

    Don’t let the shallow water keep you from going. People run their sailboats up and down the ICW with little more that a foot of water under their keel and can’t see the bottom., but they worry about the depths in the Bahamas. You can see the bottom there and it’s gorgeous! Go! Enjoy the trip. Wish I were there right now instead of northern Michigan!

    David

    West End Indian Rock Channel
    Posted: 09 Apr 2017 06:02 AM PDT
    We went thru indian cut yesterday westbound at dead low tide. the least that we saw between the first waypoint and the reef was 6′. however, There are 2 low spots before the first way point. One is about 3 miles before the waypoint and was 5.5′. The second , about 1.5 miles before was 5.25′.

    john (duetto)

  • Bahamas Chatter: Porgee Rocks Light missing

    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: Porgee Rocks Light missing
    Porgee Rocks Light missing
    Posted: 07 Apr 2017 04:32 AM PDT
    The charted light on Porgee Rocks east of Nassau Harbour (Fl 3s 8m 5M, near 25° 03.98′ N/77° 14.61′ W) no longer exists. Only a short rusted base of the pole on which the light was mounted remains. We have no information on whether the RBDF intends to replace the light.

    Also, the Northwest Channel light remains missing. A tall steel pole that was placed at the charted position last year, just south of the Northwest Channel Waypoint, (25° 28.20′ N/78° 09.60′ W) remains as a hazard with no light at night.

  • Bahamas Chatter: Little Farmers Cay update

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    Bahamas Chatter: Little Farmers Cay update

    Little Farmers Cay update
    Posted: 02 Apr 2017 04:41 AM PDT Read More

    TY’s Sunset grill has been on our must stop list for a few years. Now that they have built a 120′ dock it’s even easier to stop for lunch and enjoy home made Bahamian cooking.

    The face dock has 5’5 to 6′ depth at MLW, is new and in great shape, more space, although less depth on the main pier behind the face dock.

    Coach and his team always go out of our way for us and our guests, always friendly and helpful. Beer is cold, drinks and food are resonably priced.

    They also sell ice and have excellent free wifi.

    Give it a try!

  • Bahamas Chatter: Anchoring to the east of Grand Bahama Yacht CLub

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    Bahamas Chatter: Anchoring to the east of Grand Bahama Yacht CLub
    Anchoring to the east of Grand Bahama Yacht CLub
    Posted: 01 Apr 2017 04:13 AM PDT Read More!

    Well, due to the silting in of the Silver Cove inlet, caused by Hurricane Matthew, many deeper draft boats, leave Ocean Reef Yacht Club, on a high tide, and move over to Lucaya, to anchor till morning, when they leave. Deeper water in that channel, at all times of the tide.

    So, I decided to do the same, and anchored to the east of the GBYC, and not in anyones way. Sitting there, a pontoon boat comes out, and the Bahamian captain asks me, “what are your intentions”. So, I asked back, what do you mean, “what are my intentions”? He then proceeded to tell me that I could not anchor in front of the marina….I have never had this happen to me before…and I was just wondering if anyone else has run into this situation in Lucaya, Grand Bahama.

    I did explain that I would be leaving in the morning, early, but that did not make any difference to him.

    Thank you…DenO

  • Bahamas Chatter: Berry Islands Club Reopening

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    Bahamas Chatter: Berry Islands Club Reopening
    Berry Islands Club Reopening
    Posted: 31 Mar 2017 08:01 AM PDT
    Great news From the owner of the Berry Islands Club: After a very difficult year of renovation and then Hurricane Matthew, the Berry Islands Club will be operating in two weeks. We will have new mooring lines, a new desalination water unit, re-built dock and are working to put wi-fi in place. We are also expanding our solar system. Petroleum product sales are another month out. We will have great food and a full bar service in two weeks or give us three to be sure.

  • Bahamas Chatter: “Staniel Cay Regatta fundraiser – James Bond Casino Royale Costume part

    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: “Staniel Cay Regatta fundraiser – James Bond Casino Royale Costume party” plus 5 more READ MORE!

    Staniel Cay Regatta fundraiser – James Bond Casino Royale Costume party
    Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:14 AM PDT
    One of the year’s BEST and most enjoyable events! This casino* costume party helps raise money for the Staniel Cay Regatta Committee and the “A-Class Challenge,” an annual regatta that showcases the sailing culture of Staniel and introduces guests to this unique aspect of the island.

    Saturday, March 25th
    5:00 pm, Staniel Cay Yacht Club

    • Dress as your favorite Bond, Bond-Girl, Villain or wear your favorite casino attire!
    • Win prizes for Best Costumes – so get creative! Suggestions for Bond, Bond Villains, & Bond-Girls below!
    • Try your hand at blackjack*, craps*, and 3-card poker*. Also bid on unique items in our silent auction!
    Prizes/Auction items include:
    His and her Invicta Dive Watches, Bruno Mars autographed guitar, 3-night stay for 2 in a suite at Treasure Cay Resort including 2 rounds of golf, autographed Chicago Blackhawks jersey, autographed Brett Eldredge guitar, dinner for 2 at Fowl Cay Resort, A-Day-At-The-Beach package (featuring Jypsea Local swimwear & Maui Jim Sunglasses), and a two-night stay at Winter Haven Resort!
    • And certainly enjoy our signature drink of the evening, the “Patron Reposado Old Fashioned”! Bond himself would forgo the Vesper for this…
    * casino chips have no cash value. prizes for chip leaders.

    Have a great time in the Exumas while supporting the local Regatta Committee and the sailing
    culture of Staniel Cay!

    Valentine’s Resort & Marina giveaway at Palm Beach Boat Show
    Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:12 AM PDT
    Valentines Residences Resort & Marina will be at the 32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23-26, 2017.

    Booth #589

    Enter for a chance to win a two night stay for two at Valentines Residences

    (Hotel & Dockage included)

    1. Stop by Booth 589 and fill out the form!

    www.valentinesresort.com

    Man-O-War Boat Builders Memorial – April 1st
    Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:07 AM PDT
    Just wanted everyone to know the Boat Builders Memorial dedication on MOW Abaco is still slated for April 1. Food, presentations, demonstrations and lots of wooden boats. See you there.

    Long Island Cruisers Net
    Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:06 AM PDT
    The chartbooks indicate that the Cruisers Net in Salt Pond is at 0830 on Channel 18. However, after the previous net manager abandoned it the net was changed to 0815 on Channel 18. I recently mentioned this to FAIRHAVEN the net manager and she is considering moving it back to 0830. If you sail into Thompson Bay and Salt Pond feel free to hail FAIRHAVEN and confirm the time she is doing the net. Lots of great info for new cruisers about the lively happenings for boaters there.

    Nothern Exumas cell service
    Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:05 AM PDT
    we spend more time in the southern Exumas (Gtown to staniel) and this was our first time stopping around Normans and shroud since the hurricane. Don’t know if it’s related but cell service was worst than before, either no bars or a couple of bars but no connection.

    Much better coverage in staniel, farmers, barraterre and Gtown

    Normans cay update
    Posted: 22 Mar 2017 04:04 AM PDT
    Looks like work has restarted on the marina project. We were there yesterday and dozers were working (on a Sunday…) on opening the access to the new marina basin, they had big generator powered lights indicating they may even be working late in the evening.

    Pascal
    84′ Lazzara My

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