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New fuel and dockage survey posted

A new Fuel and Dockage Survey has been conducted and posted on February 18, 2014. Most Diesel and Gasoline prices remaining the same or were up slightly.

The February 18, 2014 Fuel and Dockage Prices survey is available on the Explorer website at www.explorercharts.com. Please note that these prices are verified by phone on this particular day, not by emails covering a wide range of dates. Fuel prices change frequently in the Bahamas and the phone survey assures that you are getting the best comparison of prices in the various establishments. Not all marinas could be contacted because of suppliers not answering their phone.

Treasure Cay Caters to Cruising Yachts

Treasure Cay Resort and Marina has some exciting events and specials planned for guests for Valentines Day Weekend and also for President’s Day Weekend. And don’t forget tomorrow’s Superbowl Party. Click on Treasure Cay’s sponsor link below and check out their Events Calendar for details. This lovely resort/marina on Great Abaco goes out of its way to create special happenings for the yachting community, including FREE DOCKAGE on Valentines Day with participation in one of their dining packages. www.treasurecay.com.

 

Conch Fishing in the Bahamas

I wanted to pass along this recent article written by Larry Smith of the Bahama Pundit about conch. The organization I work with, Community Conch, has been working steadily over the past 5 years to collect data on conch stocks throughout the Bahamas. I know cruisers love conch, so perhaps this would be of interest to your readers. I was recently able to give a talk in Marsh Harbour to an audience of primarily cruisers at the Jib Room. People were definitely shocked. I will hopefully be able to do one here in George Town later in February or March.

Here’s the article… http://www.bahamapundit.com/2014/01/bahamian-conch-fisheries-in-danger-of-collapsing.html

Thanks.

Catherine Booker

www.communityconch.org

 

FREE DOCKAGE FOR SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!

Free dockage for all new slip registrations* arriving Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, and staying for the Super Bowl Party.

Click on the Treasure Cay link on this page or www.treasurecay.com for more information.
For Slip reservations call: 

242-365-8250 or 954-636-2776;

or email: cbootle@treasurecay.com

Cliff’s afterhours Marina phone: 242-577-0373

New Dockmaster at Treasure Cay

Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina is proud to continue with its long tradition of promoting and developing its employees into progressive leadership positions from within a team of the most friendly hospitality professionals.

They are pleased to announce the promotion of Cliff Bootle to the position of Marina Manager. Cliff is taking over from Mike Sawyer, who retired after working for 44 years in the company!

Cliff was born and raised in Treasure Cay and gained much knowledge early on from his father, who used to be Treasure Cay’s Dock Master before he started his own business. Cliff will serve as Manager in charge of the Marina and Fuel station operations.

Congratulations Cliff!!

New Fuel and Dockage Survey

A new Fuel and Dockage Survey has been conducted and posted on January 15, 2014. Most Diesel and Gasoline prices were mixed with many suppliers remaining the same as in December. The Albany Marina on the southwest coast of New Providence raised overnight dockage rates to become the most expensive marina in the Bahamas and maybe the world.

The January 15, 2014 Fuel and Dockage Prices survey is available on the Explorer website at www.explorercharts.com. Please note that these prices are verified by phone on this particular day, not by emails covering a wide range of dates. Fuel prices change frequently in the Bahamas and the phone survey assures that you are getting the best comparison of prices in the various establishments. Not all marinas could be contacted because of phone problems in the Bahamas.

Our first sailing visit to The Bahamas.

Hi everyone!

This is my first post to the chatter.

I have almost completed an extensive three year refit on my Down Easter 45, including re-rigging from a ketch to a Brigantine. See www.schooner-britannia.com.

This boat draws two meters, probably more like seven feet when in burden.

We hope to make a shakedown cruise to the Bahamas in February for about five or six weeks, but have not been there before—except on a cruise ship.

My wife and I are both experienced ocean sailors, but never crossed banks with only 15 feet under our keel. I think this would send us nutty, so I would like to minimize it as much as possible, for peace of mind if nothing else.

I have bought the Explorer charts and would welcome comments on our rough itinerary.

The boat is presently in Titusville, Florida and I want to go down the inter-coastal for a few days, just to test the machinery.

Crossing the stream, probably from Fort Lauderdale to swing into West End to check in.

Then along the southern coast of Grand Bahama, (is it good for anchoring overnight along this coast?)

Down to the tip of Great Abaco and across the Northeast Providence Channel. Then crossing onto the Great Bahama Bank, somewhere between Current Island and New Providence, (don’t want to go into Nassau), and down into Exuma Sound and the Exuma Cays.

We will be traveling fairly leisurely, so I think that trip do us for starters, and after that we might go anywhere.

I would greatly appreciate any input, (and alternatives), from experienced Bahama sailors, especially as to potential wind directions, anchoring sites, and also things to see and visit.

checking in with Customs and permit prices

While at Green Turtle Cay I went to the customs office on Monday, Dec 30, 2013, to inquire about permit prices re: boat length. The response was that it is $ 150 for boats up to, and including, 35 ft and for boats 35 ft 1 in and up it is $ 300

White Sound channel depths

The channel into White Sound and the slips at the Green Turtle Club have been dredged. Our sense from having traversed the channel many times in the last two weeks is that 6.0 feet is now the controlling depth at MLW.

New finger pier slips at the Green Turtle Club

The Green Turtle Club has completed dredging and building six new finger piers, increasing the number of finger pier slips for deeper draft vessels. The channel into White Sound, where the Green Turtle Club and the Bluff House are located, was dredged to a controlling depth of seven feet (2.1 meters) this past summer.

Both marinas are now offering “dollars for dockage” specials. What ever amount you spend in their restaurants and bars will be deducted from the amount of your dockage. If your restaurant and bar bill is greater than your dockage; your dockage is free.

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