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 email@example.com for any new prices you find until the next survey.
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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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)
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 email@example.com for any new prices you find as you travel along these beautiful islands.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We have sent out an email request for fuel and dockage prices. Very few responses have come in due to the holidays. We hope to post more results early next week. Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com to check the latest information under Fuel and Dockage Prices.
If you have recently gotten fuel or stayed at a marina, we’d appreciate any updated information you may have. Please email us at email@example.com.
Monty and Sara
Which months are considered to be “the season,” and how much does that alter transient dockage and costs in the Bahamas?
A new survey conducted on November 25th found most fuel prices down. Only two marinas (Sea Spray and Treasure Cay) reported higher diesel prices. The marinas reporting no change in fuel prices since October are believed to be sitting on old inventory. The VAT of 7.5% is included in FUEL PRICES ONLY.
Here’s a link to the survey on the www.explorercharts.com website: http://www.explorercharts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=53
If you have purchased fuel recently or stayed at a marina, would you send us information on the prices and whether they include VAT or not.
Monty and Sara Lewis
We stopped at Treasure Cay on our way to Marsh Harbour. We usually anchor but decided to take a dock. When we pulled in we saw about 20 moorings where the anchorage was. When we registered we talked to Cliff Bootle, the dockmaster. The moorings cost $20/night. This includes showers. They are also redoing/upgrading many of the docks. Finally, they are switching to metered electric. The latter should be complete by mid-season.
All in all seems very promising.