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Old 03-02-2008, 11:16 PM   #15
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Finally moving the boat. Time for a few more pic's -

(most of them you can make larger by clicking on the lower right corner)

sailing to Bakers Bay -

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in Bakers Bay -

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Sunset in Bakers Bay -

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Whale Cay looking at the Atlantic, Look in the middle of the photo -

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A local on Whale Cay -

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Whale Cay -

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Old 03-06-2008, 09:15 PM   #16
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Anchoring in the Bahamas and Bottoms.

The floor of the Bahamas is rock covered by what some call "Sand"

This is just South of Manjack Cay-

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This is in Manjack Harbor which is too shallow to enter -

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The Atlantic coast of Manjack Cay. The charts mark this as Beach and Numerous rocks.

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The Cay just South of Manjack -

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No Name cay Atlantic side -

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There is really no sand in the Bahamas it is just ground up rock. Small and flat. There is also grass. I have not been able to set my anchor in the light sand and have seen boats drag and not be able to set the anchor. Always allow time to find another anchorage incase you cannot get a set. Also note that any major storm can change the bottom so that there is not "Sand" anymore. You also ned an anchor that will cut through grass. As far as I know this is a plow type.

Back to why I came -

Manjack Harbor. About 1.5 feet comming in and shallower throughout. Nice Dinghy trip -

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Green Turtle Cay -

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No Name Cay -

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Green Turtle Cay -

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Bluf House Marina and Resturant -

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Old 03-21-2008, 09:49 PM   #17
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i once stayed in a house on the abacos on the skinniest part of the island. front deck, the ocean, back deck, the whatever water that was. mid 80's. i was a runner then. ran around. hopetown was a disappointment. things were expensive. the beautiful stuff was free though! i wonder if they ever learned to charge for the sites!
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:30 PM   #18
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No charge yet for looking execpt the fishing fee and the 42 % duty and taxes.

Here is a few more -

Green Turtle Cay was nice. I stayed at the Bluff House Marina that would credit your slip towards meals (on edit, this ends around March 15 every year). Nice if you wanted to eat ashore for a while. Bluff House Marina is a little more livelier than Green Turtle Marina. It may change.

Here is a sunset from Green Turtle restaurant -

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Coco Beach Green Turtle

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Some new friends -

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New Plymonth -

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Nice little town way to many roosters for me. I was woken up in Man of War every morning with them and do not want to anchor in another town with them.

I am in Marsh Harbor now -

It is so crowded than it was in Nov. Starting peak season soon. Still places to anchor for me. Still the same problems and the paid internet - OII.net - is much worse. It took me over 1 hr to download these 4 photo's. This is the only town in the Abaco's with 24 hr poilice and their is no water police in the harbor. Everybody speeds. Here is one taken through my window -

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As usual, I am anchored in 1 1/2 foot of water and, as usual, they come speeding by and about 2 a day break their props.

Marsh Harbor and dusk -

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Marsh Harbor before sunrise -

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Marsh Harbor is a nice anchorage but has gotten quite crowded and far too busy. There is no respect for the 5 MPH speed limit and power boats will come so close to you, one or two times an hour, to make it very dangerous. I suggest fishing when in Harbors. Most boats only have out 1 anchor out and when a major wind shift happens they drag, all anchorages. I was in 2 feet of water and was in no danger of being dragged into. There is also a noise problem. Dogs are barking all night long and there is a noisy bird. I wish I had brought a dog whistle. A lot of the Cays have birds making noise to wake you up and they do not care.

Hopeing these fronts will calm down I have taken a slip at Bluff House Marina in Green turtle Cay for a month. Quite here and not so much traffic.

Sea of Abaco looking North to Marsh Harbor -

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Tilloo Bay, very good holding. Sea plane on the west side, please stay away. Open somewhat to the North. Really nice shallow anchorage with a few homes around. -

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Why you need long dock lines and a lot -

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Old 04-22-2008, 12:16 AM   #20
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Morning Sunrise about 8 miles from West End, Grand Bahamas -

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Midday, about 30 miles out in the middle of the Gulf Stream -

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Looking down right next to the boat -

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Too close 20 miles from Florida -

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Arrive at St Lucie Inlet around 3 pm and anchored North of it. First morning sunrise after being 5 months in the Bahamas -

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Fl Side -

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Called customs after I set the hook and cleared in Ft Pierce the next day.

I made it back!!!
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:17 PM   #21
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I have been back in the USA a week and I wanted to put some final thoughts on my 5 months Bahamas cruise.

Doing something for 5 months does change someone. I do not know what yet - but seeing the USA again with all the people and stuff was culture shock. I do not drink much and do not do drugs. Those types of parties I stayed away from. It was rarely was below 68 degrees and most of the time sunny with a few clouds. Very nice. If it was little warmer and it may have been to warm to sleep well. From what I was told it was a warm winter in the Abaco’s. Of the 5 months I spend 3 of them on a Mooring Ball or in a slip. I found the holding to be poor and very few places to anchor offered protection from all winds. I saw to many boats drag including myself. The water was so nice. That alone made the trip worth it. I am glad that I went. I really think that the Abaco’s is a great place to start cruising, there is so much to learn and it is easy to get to safety if in trouble.

Some of the problems I created – (others say they have not had these)

The Abaconians are a proud people and have been told how to do things so many different ways. I made the mistake of telling them how to do things. I suggest that you do not. They have been told so many times already and if they wanted to change they would have. If you have problems with the way they are doing things then leave. When you offend

someone you may not have a pleasant experience in the next day or 2.

They need money, just like in the USA, and will try to get more out of you, just like in the USA.

The Quality and Caliber of service is less that what I expected. I should have done it myself or left. I was not expecting so many people not knowing much English. I also suggest that one should not go to non-tourist areas.

When I took cash out from a Bank, everybody knew.

I was a bit naïve to believe that there “Was no Crime in the Abaco’s”. This is my observations - the cruisers are the ones who are breaking the law most – speeding in harbors, stealing water and showers, anchoring in mooring ball fields, etc. The tourists are next and then the locals. I see very few non-working/local people jailed except for fighting. (I should note that you can say that you are going to hit someone and in the Bahamas it is the same as hitting them). The jailable crimes that I saw were mostly related to drugs. A few was because people did not have enough money for food. However this number was about 10% of the small Island population per year. The numbers are few.

Summer ’07 and winter ’07 – ’08 season has been slow, not much money coming in. Next winter season may be slower. If so there may be more crime for food and less places open. I do not think it will ever be as bad as what one would expect in the USA but you should take more precautions than in the past.

There is a Bahamas politician who does not want the cruisers there. As a group we probably spend less per person and complain more. However, we also promote to a lot of people. During peak season there is an estimate $ 1,000,000 USD per month spent by the cruisers in the Bahamas. That does not include any of the people who come to the Bahamas through reading or listening to our adventures. The Bahamian Government must come to terms with this. We can spend less money cruising in the USA than in the Bahamas. The holding is better, goods are cheaper, food is better/cleaner, better medical service and we have more rights.

Let me end by saying I am glad that I came and thank the Bahamians who service me and allowed me to be there. One always weighs where one will spend their time. For me it will be in the USA winter ’08 – ’09. I am glad that you enjoyed my pictures.
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Thank you for your concluding comments - food for thought. Your pics are magnificent - some are in the Cruising Wiki with your kind permission.
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