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New Flights to Abacos

NEW direct service from Nassau to Treasure Cay TCB on BAHAMAS AIR
Effective June 22 Bahamasair will reintroduce the Nassau/Treasure Cay
service. The flight will operate as follow:

Thurs/Sat/Sun depart Nassau at 6:30 am arrive Treasure Cay 7:40am – (note
stop in MHH first)
Thurs/Sat/Sun Depart Treasure Cay at 8:00am on the return to Nassau arrive

Mon/Thurs/Sun the flight will depart Nassau at 5:00pm arrive Treasure Cay at
5:35pm –
Mon/Thurs/Sun Depart Treasure Cay at 5:55pm arrive Nassau 7:05PM on the
return(note stop in MHH).

New Airlift-Fly Exclusive Bahamas

Direct Service from Nassau to Marsh Harbor: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
–morning AND evening flights available

Direct Service Nassau to Treasure Cay starting in July

Delta Airlines (800.455.2720):
Direct service between Atlanta and Marsh
Harbour (MHH) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Island Wings (954.617.8804):
Direct flights between Fort Lauderdale
Executive Airport (EXE) and Treasure Cay on Monday, Thursday, Friday &
Tropic Ocean Airways (888.962.7728): Treasure Cay – Monday & Friday, Marsh
Harbour – Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Silver Airways (801.0401.9100):
Direct service between Fort Lauderdale and
Treasure Cay

Air Unlimited (888.962.7728):
Direct service between Sanford(KSFP) and
Treasure Cay (TCB) or Marsh Harbour (MHH) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Staniel Cay Yacht Club Temporary Closing

SCYC doesn’t normally close in the fall, but we will be closing most of the SCYC facilities in October, 2017 for renovations.

The Hotel and Restaurant will close Oct. 6 and reopen November 2.

During that time, the Marina will be open for dockage, fuel, ice, and bait. However, the Marina will also be having work done on various parts so any boaters should expect construction noise if they chose to tie up.

The Bar will also be open, but in a limited capacity (no food).

Both the hotel property and the marina will be receiving significant improvements.

• All bungalows will be completely refreshed, both interiors and exteriors.
• Property walkways are being redone as well as upgrading landscaping and outdoor lighting.
• The restaurant will also be receiving expanded kitchen space to allow for greater capacity and quicker service.
• The marina docks will be completely refurbished and resurfaced.

8th Edition of Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas

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

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:
SS NB 8th cover

Treasure Cay Events

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:

New 8th edition Explorer Chartbook Exumas

thumbnail Ex8th cover

The eighth edition of the Explorer Chartbook Exumas is ready to ship to you. It contains much updated and refined information, including:

New chart data with additional soundings and routes
Updated chart variation
Updated Need-to-Know Facilities and Services
New article on Flats-Fishing Regulations

Check it out at

Bahamas Cruising with 6 1/2-foot Draft

Thanks to our partner 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!


Berry Islands Club Reopening

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.

Long Island Update

Good news not only for the Long Island Rally heading for Salt Pond from George Town today but also for all cruisers to the Thompson Bay area. The former Pirates of the Caribbean, on the north shore of Thompson Bay, has reopened to offer several important services to yachts in the Bay. It is now called Tiny’s Hurricane Hole and boaters can take their dinghy there to enjoy a meal at the restaurant, use the WiFi, and even do laundry while relaxing with a beautiful view. Two of the cottages are available as well for those who want to bring guests to the island.

Long Island Petroleum is fully operational with plenty of water at the new dock. However, a word of caution: the dredging may have left a little silt at the channel entrance, but it is easily manageable at high tide.

ALIV Phone Service

There is a new phone plan available called ALIV with calls to the Bahamas, U.S. and Canada. Their website is They offer 7- and 30-day prepaid plans as well as smartphones of various brands.

Has anyone of our subscribers used this plan? Can you give us a report on how and where it works. All of our Chatter subscribers would be interested in knowing about this new phone service and/or company for Bahamas cruisers.

Explorer Chartbook Waypoint Corrections

Three errors have been found in Waypoint Lists in two chartbooks. Please note the following in your books:


On the Waypoint List on p. 62, there is an error in the Schooner Bay waypoint. (The same waypoint on Chart 4 p. 13 and Chart AB 25 on p. 46 is correct on the charts; the error is only on the Waypoint List.)
Please change the Schooner Bay waypoint on p. 62 to

26° 10.50’N
77° 09.95’ W.


On the Waypoint List on p. 55, there is an error in the French Bay (San Salvador) waypoint and the French Cay (Turks & Caicos) waypoint. (The same waypoints on Chart SAN 1 p. 41, Chart SAN 3 p. 42, and Chart TC1 p. 74 are correct on the charts; the error is only on the Waypoint List.)

Please change the French Bay waypoint on p. 55 to
23° 56.35’N
72° 33.05’ W.

and the French Cay waypoint on p. 55 to

21° 30.30’N
72° 12.40’ W.

Thanks much to Captain Bradley Elder for pointing out two of these errors and helping us to find the third. Many times we are asked for a digital waypoint list so the captain can plug in the entire list of waypoints into the GPS chartplotter. This type of transcription error is exactly why we don’t make available a digital waypoint list. We always say that it is not wise to enter a list because of the possibility of errors in the original list. It is best to type in and verify your own list of the waypoints you actually use. It’s not necessary to have all the waypoints on your GPS; you can never use all of them. On our vessel, we put in waypoints only as necessary that we need for the trip. We check them carefully as we enter them to see if they appear on the right place on the chart.

After all the proofreading we do, we still somehow missed these errors. We greatly apologize for these mistakes but are grateful that they have been caught and corrected.

We encourage you to let us know of anything else you suspect might not be correct so that we can check it and rectify any mistakes.

Monty Lewis



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