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Marina News

New fuel and dockage survey

We just completed a survey of most of the marinas offering fuel and dockage in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time. More diesel and gas prices were down than up.

Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

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.

Rum Cay visit

We visited Rum Cay on June 23. It was our second attempt to anchor near the Government dock, due to strong winds. We tendered in to what remains of the marina, and were shocked to find the marina entrance completely closed in with sand. There is no entrance possible, and some boats are trapped in what remains of the basin. We went over to Kaye’s Restaurant (which is now also the island store in one corner.) Dolores’ daughter, Kaye, was most cordial, cooked lunch for us, and answered all our questions with grace and poise. Since Hurricane Joaquin, many buildings remain damaged. The mailboat dock is pilings only, but the mailboat still comes. Kaye told us that the marina is closed and the ownership is still tied up in court. She said there is no regularly scheduled air service, although the airport is open. We hope these resilient people (approximately 60 residents) get back on their feet. Kaye’s guest log shows that sailboats frequently stop by.

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 www.explorercharts.com.

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:

https://treasurecay.com/events-calendar/weekly-events-june-2017/

New fuel and dockage survey

We just completed a survey of most of the marinas offering fuel and dockage in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time. More diesel and gas prices were up than down.

Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

Treasure Cay security gate coming May 1, 2017

The Treasure Cay Property Owners’ Association is pleased to announce the

implementation of plans to provide improved marine security for all who use the

waterways inside of Treasure Cay, via controlled access in and out of the channel to the

marina and private residence docks.

Beginning May 1, 2017, the entrance to the Treasure Cay channel north of the fuel dock

will be controlled with a cabled boom system between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM.

Security staff will be available via channel 16 (Treasure Cay Marina) and land line (242-

365-8899) to provide emergency access. Also, emergency docking for boats arriving at

Treasure Cay during the above hours will be available at the fuel dock, so that safe,

accessible, lighted dockage will always be available.

Numerous lighted signs will be installed along the channel so that boaters entering and

leaving the harbor will be given sufficient advance notice when the boom is in place.

Our Treasure Cay security teams will continue their nightly boat patrols in the harbor and

adjacent canals and our land based security guards will be available to assist as necessary.

This long awaited improvement to marine security is important for all boaters who live in

or visit Treasure Cay. This is one more step taken together by the Treasure Cay Property

Owners’ Association and Treasure Cay, Ltd. to see that boaters will have the security

they need and deserve in Treasure Cay.

For additional information contact: Bill McLean, Security Committee Chair

242-365-8736

wjmclean3@aol.com

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.

Valentine’s Resort & Marina giveaway at Palm Beach Boat Show

Valentines Residences Resort & Marina will be at the 32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23-26, 2017.

Booth #589

Enter for a chance to win a two night stay for two at Valentines Residences

(Hotel & Dockage included)

1. Stop by  Booth 589 and fill out the form!

www.valentinesresort.com

Abacos Update

Abaco Update

As we travel the Abacos, we are pleased to share with you things that have changed since our 7th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas. We recently updated you on Spanish Cay and Green Turtle Cay and now we can add our findings for the rest of the island group.

Sara and Monty Lewis

NAVIGATION NOTES: North Bar Channel—wreck of a stranded barge on the north tip of Linyard Cay.

Marsh Harbour— entering the harbour only the red buoy is lighted, not the green buoy. The flashing green lights shown on the chart at Outer Point Cay and Inner Point Cay are not functioning.

GREAT GUANA CAY

Guana Hideaways Marina is not operational.

TREASURE CAY

American and Delta now fly to both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports. Tropic Ocean has added flights to MHH as well.

The phone number for the Treasure Cay fuel dock is 242-365-8869.

New numbers under MEDICAL SERVICES. Integrated Medical Center 242-365-8186/8092 and Emergency 242-458-1234.

The price of the moorings is now $30/night and the anchoring fee in the basin has gone up to $20/night.

Add Bahamas Beach Club and Treasure Sands Club to RESTAURANTS.

MAN O WAR CAY

A disappointment for lovers of baked goods, Lola Sawyer no longer delivers her sweets and treats by golf cart. However, Ena’s Place Bakery (242-365-6060/475-8118) has taken over providing bread and other goodies. She comes around to the marina and the MOW Grocery and you can also call her for custom orders.

Under FERRY, add G&L, a new enterprise from Grant Albury with regular schedules to Marsh Harbour and other spots as well as a charter ferry service for special needs, such as your guests flying in to meet you on the island 242-366-6208.

The government clinic is closed. There is no set schedule for the doctor visits.

Some changes under RESTAURANTS: Islanders Seaside and Island Treats Ice Cream are closed. The good news is, in addition to the Dock n Dine at the marina, the Hibiscus has reopened and also added an ice cream shop to the side of the building.

There is a new gift and straw shop as part of the marina complex. It is called Native Jewels and it carries high quality all- Bahamian straw work, jewelry and other gifts. 242-425-0265.

HOPE TOWN

For GROCERIES, Albury’s Fish Market, Salty’s Sky Market and Sweetings are no longer in operation.

The former Hope Town Hideaways Marina is now a part of the newly expanded Hope Town Inn and Marina.

Sea Spray Resort and Marina is undergoing some improvements and expansion of the dockside restaurant and bar under its new ownership.

As with most Bahamian communities, public phones are no longer available in town.

The Sugar Shack burned and its Sun-Dried T’s is gone along with it.

MARSH HARBOUR

Customs and Immigration will come to the marina docks to clear you in.

Long’s Landing (seafood market) is closed. In its place is the Island Sports Bar.

Marsh Harbour Boatyards also has fuel

The Double R Convenience Store is across the street from the Conch Inn.

The number for the Ambulance is 242-359-6282.

FLIGHTS: Baer Air and Island Express are no longer flying in to MH or Treasure Cay.

No obvious changes in the other island communities.

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