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    • Bahamas Chatter: “ABACO UPDATE” plus 1 more

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits

       

      Bahamas Chatter: “ABACO UPDATE” plus 1 more

      ABACO UPDATE

      Posted: 13 Jan 2021 02:16 PM PST

      ABACOS UPDATE

      Here are some responses we got back from a query to update you on what is going on in the Abacos. PLEASE SEND US ANY FIRST-HAND INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO SHARE WITH FELLOW CRUISERS.

      GREEN TURTLE CAY:  Many repairs going on in Abaco.  Green Turtle Cay is doing well all things considered.  You can purchase diesel and unleaded gasoline at Green Turtle Club Marina or at Sunset Marine both on Green Turtle Cay

      Bluff House Marina  242-824-6231(cell) and restaurant and pool were destroyed but are currently being rebuilt.  Beach Bar restaurant (Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar) will be open by the 1st of March, rooms and villas are projected to be available for rent by the 1st of May (maybe a few of the villas in advance of that date. Email frontdesk@bluffhouse.com for more info on availability).

      Many restaurants and bars and stores are open, freight boats arriving several times a week bringing in building materials for businesses and home owners that are fixing their homes for rental.

      Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina is open.

      Regarding COVID: Keep checking the Bahamas.com website for updates. There is no quarantining currently unless you test positive while here.  We have had no confirmed cases on Green Turtle Cay.  We are a port of entry; cruisers should call to arrange clearing and regarding the 5 day Rapid antigen test if staying more than 4 nights.  Call Green Turtle Club for more information. 

      From Bluff House: We thank all of the Cruisers that have helped people on Green Turtle Cay since Hurricane Dorian and want them to know how hard we are working to be able to welcome them back and are in fact welcoming guests back on Green Turtle Cay already.  There are volunteers on the island and volunteers from the island that are currently helping to rebuild homes and to provide drinking water, etc.  Things are being built back better than ever.  Most people are either back in their homes or close to being back after 18 months of living in other people’s homes.

      GUANA CAY: Orchid Bay Marina is presently open from Monday – Saturday from 7:00 – 1:00 pm for fuel and boats coming in.  Our restaurant is not open at this time.  We have gas, diesel, ice, electricity, water and gift shop items. Orchid Bay’s land line 242-365-5175 is working. 

      Grocery store is rebuilding on the front street.  The original Guana Harbour grocery is not reopening.

      Grabbers Bar and Restaurant has reopened; Mama’s Takeaway has reopened;  Guana Lumber and dive Guana too.

      At present, a negative COVID test is required upon entering the Bahamas.  After being here 5 days you must have the rapid test done.  They apparently have done away with the quarantine.  It appears that the cases in Abaco have decreased.

      LITTLE HARBOUR, ABACO: At Pete’s Pub & Gallery,  the Johnstons are overjoyed to be able to welcome everyone back. Please don’t hesitate to contact them with any questions or concerns. They hope to see you soon. 
      Greg & Heather Johnston
      242-357-6648
      242-577-5487

      Inside Report on COVID

      Posted: 13 Jan 2021 12:58 PM PST

      From a cruiser in Spanish Wells, we had this up-to-date report on real-time experience:

      Generally, Store owners are requiring people to wear masks inside their businesses.

      Yachtsmen are cooperating with wearing masks in public.

      “With the Bahamas policy we feel pretty sure that most newly arrived cruisers are negative (especially after the second test) but most cruisers are not socializing with each other.”

      The concern among the cruising community is being careful not to get COVID from the locals.

      Two private clinics in Spanish Wells

      Eagles Landing on Main Street (fee for testing)

      Bahamas Wellness Eagles Landing on Main Street

      242-333-4869 or 242-359-7555 M-F

      *******

      Sat/Sun appt only

      242-819-1167

      ________________________

      Free private clinic

      Bonnie Symonette

      242-422-9952

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    • The Weekly, Gabber’s Thursday Newsletter, January 14, Gulfport, FL


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Virtual Art, MLK + the Vaccine

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Municipal Marina

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • Come Visit Us! MIATC, Stuart Boat Show, Jan 15-17, 2021

      Martin County Florida
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is home to Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters. See Annual Boat Show.

       
       

       
       
      The Boys and Girls Club will be at the MIATC Booth sharing information on training programs for our workforce.
       
       
      Steve Adams will be available at the Boat Show. If you need a boat survey during the show he will be on-site. Feel free to contact him at surveyguy@gmx.com or 772-678-2140.
       
      MIATC will be holding a raffle to give away a framed Dan Mackin. The raffle benefits the MIATC Scholarship program. Stop by our booth to buy a ticket!
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Jan 13

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Jan 13
              Diesel Range: $1.75 to $3.05 Lowest @ Albemarle Plantation Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.25 to $4.00 Lowest @ Dudley’s Marina in (North Carolina)
      Remember to always call the marina to verify the current price since prices may change at any time. Also please let us know if you find a marina’s fuel price has changed via the Submit News link.

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      South Carolina (Price Range $2.10 to $3.39)

      $2.10 Harbourgate Marina (01/11)
      $2.10 Leland Oil Company (01/12)
      $2.15 Harborwalk Marina (01/11)

       

      Georgia (Price Range $2.25 to $3.49)

       

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $2.34 to $3.71)

       

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      Florida Keys (Price Range $2.33 to $3.79)

       

      Western Florida (Price Range $2.09 to $3.95)

      $2.09 Maximo Marina (01/11)
      $2.35 Gasparilla Marina (01/11)
      $2.39 Sea Hag Marina (01/11)

       

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      Northern Gulf (Price Range $2.10 to $2.79)

       

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    • Another Update on Georgia’s Anchoring Restrictions

      Our thanks to Ted Ariska of Save Georgia’s Anchorages for forwarding this GNR link further defining Georgia’s anchoring restrictions. See New Boating Laws. Cruisers Net urges you to contribute to the lobbying efforts of SAGA at this AGLCA link.

       

      Georgia DNR has updated their website and published the “Intertidal Harvest Areas and Anchorages” KMZ files that you can download. Using these files on Google Earth on your GPS equipped smartphone can show your position relative to these no-overnight-anchoring zones. https://gadnr.org/liveaboardsc
       
      They have not published their marina and marine structures KMZ files for some reason, but we will ask them to do so.
       
      Regards, Ted 

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    • Provisioning Conditions in Marsh Harbour Area, Abacos, Bahamas

      Our thanks to Looper Pan Kramer for sharing this report on supplies in the Marsh Harbour Area which as devastated by Hurricane Dorian and obviously the effects are still being felt. See Update on Abacos.

      We left Boot Key Harbor a few days ago and on the morning net the guy leading it had spoken with a good friend of his who lives in the Marsh Harbor area. His advice was to bring as many “ships stores” of what you’ll need with you, the grocery stores just seem to have enough for the locals and cruisers would make their short supplies even worse. He also mentioned bringing more than needed, donating to their food pantry.


      Pam Kramer on Pier Pressure

      Originally posted on AGLCA’s Forum.

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    • Update on 47th Annual Stuart Boat Show, Jan 15-17, 2021, Stuart, FL

      Martin County Florida
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is home to Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters. See Annual Boat Show.

       
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      Stuart Boat Show
      January 15-17, 2021
       
       
      Exhibitor Space Still Available!
       
      In-water slips $2.75 per sq. ft. for brokerage
      $3.75 per sq. ft. for new vessels
       
      Booths 10′ x 10″ starting at $950
       
      Contact Mike Allen to Reserve Your Space
      954-522-5528
      Stuart Boat Show - Jan 15-17, 2021
       
      Marine Job Fair at the MIATC Booth!
       
      Have a job opening you’d like to share?
       
      We are seeking employers and businesses in the marine industry that are looking to fill job positions. If you’d like your job listing to be advertised at our booth please contact
      Michele Miller at mmiller.miatc@gmail.com
       
      Our booth will have a focus on the marine work force, and career consultants will be available.
       
       
       
      Volunteer Opportunities
      Contact Michele Miller for information on volunteer opportunities available at this years Boat Show.
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Bahamas Charter Yacht Show

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

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

       

      Bahamas Chatter: Bahamas Charter Yacht Show

      Bahamas Charter Yacht Show

      Posted: 11 Jan 2021 12:29 PM PST

      The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, scheduled for late February 2021, will now move to the Rybovich Superyacht Marina in West Palm Beach, and will be held February 25-26, 2021.

      Here’s a link for more information:

       

      For On-line Story: https://www.bahamasmarinas.com/post/bahamas-charter-yacht-show-202

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