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Abacos

Boat/Dinghy Thefts in the Bahamas

We are getting more frequent reports of thefts from cruising yachts and from marinas. Some vessels stolen were larger outboards; many are dinghies, some large with big outboards. Reports have come from the Abacos, Nassau and George Town. Nassau thefts have occurred from a paddleboarder sneaking into marinas.

Concern is growing among cruisers and many are expressing the possibility that they will completely avoid these areas in the future.

To make your feelings known and to press for some government action on this issue, here is some contact information for Bahamas Tourism.

Bahamas Tourism George Town
Pet Hanna
phanna@bahamas.com
242-336-2430
242-357-0970

Bahamas Tourism Nassau
Minister of Tourism
Obie Wilchcombe
owilchcombe@bahamas.com
242-302-2058
242-302-1317

Let them know the seriousness of the thefts in terms of loss of tourism in the Bahamas. Perhaps it will get some action to stop and further prevent this threat to cruising yachts and other vessels in the Bahamas.

New fuel and dockage survey for May

Fuel prices were mixed in this months survey. Three marinas raised dockage prices and two marinas lower their rates. The rest remained the same.

Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour announced the installation of five new moorings available for $15 a night. Emerald Bay Marina now has an ATM on site.

As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us to keep this survey updated. Send an email to monty@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find until the next survey.

Thieves in Nassau Harbour

The following post  is from The Salty Southeast Cruisers Net dated April 18, 2016:

Round the clock deck watch seems to be the only answer to such a bold thief. Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges.

Boat thieves have been busy in Nassau riding paddle boards up to docked vessels and stealing everything of value. The local police and BASRA calls the perp “Spider-Man” and always seems to give the constables the slip.

In Marsh Harbour last night, boat thieves hit a large catamaran motor yacht making off with their large RIB while yacht has docked at Harbourview Marina. All yachties are advised lock their tenders and tow-behinds and keep a lookout in the dark of night.

John Wampler

www.yachtaide.com

Two businesses closed on Man-O-War Cay

Albury’s Harbour Grocery and Lola Sawyer’s Home Bakery have closed on Man-O-War Cay, Abaco. This leaves Man-O-War Grocery as the only grocery store on Man-O-War Cay now.

New fuel and dockage prices for April

Bad news for cruisers looking for better dockage deals as thirteen marinas raised their dockage prices since last month.  Albany Marina on New Providence reported a daily resort service charge of $350 plus $6 a foot dockage making it the most expensive marina in the Bahamas and maybe the world.

Diesel prices were down at a number of marinas while gasoline prices were generally up. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com. Only a few marinas couldn’t be contacted this month. They are highlighted in red on the survey so that you will know the prices are not necessarily current.

As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us to keep this survey updated. Send an email to monty@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find until the next survey.

VAT Surprise

We recently had parts shipped to us in Marsh Harbour. We’ve discovered Abaco Freight in Jupiter, but that’s another blurb. Our water heater sprang a leak and needed a gasket. Parts supplier was in Boston, so we had gasket Fedex’ed Overnite to Jupiter and then Abaco Freight shipped it to MH via Cherokee Air. The parts were $52, Fedex US shipping was $70 (remember this number), Abaco Freight was $20. The invoice from the parts house showed $122. When I picked up the package the VAT was $11.41. I assumed the VAT would be on $52 + $20. Wrong! Remember that $70 US Fedex charge, that was also included.

The moral of the story is try to minimize your TOTAL shipping cost, including all US shipping.

John (MV Duetto)

Shipping into Marsh Harbour (Abaco)

This is a quick note on getting packages shipped to Marsh Harbour from the US.

We recently needed to have 2 steering cylinders shipped from the US. We’ve had small items sent in the past and have used Fedex with good results. The cylinders were approximately 3″x3″x36″ and weighed 7 lbs each. I priced the cylinders from 2 distributors and they were virtually the same price. The Fedex charge was vastly different, $275 vs $125. Even at the lower price I thought that I would explore alternatives. I called Aramak shippers in Marsh Harbour. They said it was too small for them but they put me in touch with Abaco Freight in Jupiter, FL. I emailed them and Kimber Mazzeo (nick@abacofreight.com), the owner, got back to me right away. She explained that based on my sizing, the shipping cost would be $40 and they take care of getting parts through customs. She also explained in detail that she needed electronic copies of the cruising permit and an electronic invoice with the boat’s name on it. So the process is the distributor ships to Abaco Freight c/o you. They put it on a Cherokee Air flight (m-w-f) and you pick it up at the Marsh Harbour airport. I have to say from the time we placed the order we had the parts within 5 business day with no drama.

As an aside one of the distributors shipped for free, so the end to end shipping cost was $40.

John (mv Duetto)

New fuel and dockage prices for March

Good news continues on fuel prices. But for a few exceptions prices are down. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com.

Only a few marinas couldn’t be contacted this month. They are highlighted in red on the survey so that you will know the prices are not necessarily current.

As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us to keep this survey updated. Send an email to sara@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find as you travel along these beautiful islands.

Heading Ft. Laud 2 Marsh Harbor? Need Help With Raft Delivery

During our Ft. Lauderdale to West End Crossing, we lost our life raft. We have a replacement raft being held at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. We are in the Abacos, Marsh Harbor area until May 1st and are looking for a east bound boat willing to pick up the life raft at LYC and meet us in the Marsh Harbor area to pick it up before the end of April. The raft is a 6 man, 50 pound container, the size of a regular suitcase. We are willing to compensate for the trouble.

Four navigational lights relit

The Aids to Navigation Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force advises that the following navigational lights in the Abaco area have been relit. All of the lights are shown in the Explorer Near Bahamas Chartbook:

Great Guana Cay light, Chart AB 17, page 37 (26° 39.79’/77° 06.93′)

Man O War Cay light, Chart AB 20, page 41 (26° 35.38’/77° 00.24′)

Channel Rock light, Chart AB 4, page 22 (26° 15.13’/77° 37.81′)

Hole in the Wall light, Charts 4 and 6, pages 13 and 17 (25° 51.70’/77° 11.02′)

Comments can be directed to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 242-362-3820 or 242-362-3749 or email aton@rbdf.gov.bs

 

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