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sara84983
Dec 04, 2023
In Navigational Update
Please follow the link below to see what is planned for new moorings in Elizabeth Harbour. https://bnt.bs/news/bahamas-national-trust-and-elizabeth-harbour-conservation-partnership-announce-new-mooring-installations-in-exuma/(https://bnt.bs/news/bahamas-national-trust-and-elizabeth-harbour-conservation-partnership-announce-new-mooring-installations-in-exuma/)
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sara84983
Oct 02, 2023
In Latest
Kate Fears and Carol Cronin win 2nd place trophy in the Snipe Masters Nationals. Congrats, Ladies, after sailing together for almost three decades! We are very proud of you.
Explorer Exec Ed Wins Trophy content media
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sara84983
Aug 23, 2023
In Exumas and Ragged Islands
From Catherine Booker, Moriah Harbour Cay National Park:   Moriah Harbour Cay National Park (MHCNP) is managed by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT). It is a part of the greater Elizabeth Harbour. Please respect rules and regulations when visiting the park. MHCNP is a NO ANCHORING area to protect sensitive ecosystems such as coral reefs and seagrass beds from anchor damage. A person must NOT drop an anchor for a vessel, aircraft, or any other facility in a no-anchoring area. For safety, please maintain idle speed/no wake within 200 feet of shorelines, around reef areas, shallow flats, and in mangrove creeks unless otherwise marked. Please use mooring buoys provided at popular snorkeling locations. Fees for overnight moorings in designated mooring fields and park boundaries can be found by visiting the BNT website: www.bnt.bs/explore/exuma/moriah-harbour-cay-national-park/ (http://www.bnt.bs/explore/exuma/moriah-harbour-cay-national-park/)and also on Charts EX 7, EX 30 and EX 30A in the Explorer Chartbook Exumas. Here's a look at the area covered by the Park.
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sara84983
Aug 20, 2023
NEW RESTAURANT AT SALT POND, LONG ISLAND content media
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sara84983
Aug 20, 2023
In Exumas and Ragged Islands
NEW FEES FOR EXUMA PARK content media
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sara84983
Aug 08, 2023
In Rum/Conception/San Salvador
Cruisers in the southeast Bahamas will be happy to learn some good news about the old marina at Rum Cay. The entrance channel has been dredged to four feet at its lowest point. Although the marina is officially closed, it has been cleared of debris and several new slips added. They are private, but shoal-draft transients can use them when they are available. Call Dockmaster Ben Martin 242-599-3306 or Bobby Little 242-525-0184 for information.
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sara84983
Aug 06, 2023
In Cruising Information
We are Hiring! EHCP Aug 2 The Elizabeth Harbour Conservation Partnership (EHCP) is currently expanding our operations and are seeking to employ a qualified, reputable and experienced individual as a Manager to join our organization. If you are interested in a dynamic role in marine services and operations management, if you are interested and/or experienced in conservation initiatives, and are looking for an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact, we would love to hear from you! Please find a complete job description in the link below. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to elizabethharbourpartnership@gmail.com
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sara84983
Jan 30, 2023
In Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos Checklist content media
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sara84983
Jan 30, 2023
Explorer Update: Guana Cay, Abaco content media
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sara84983
Jan 23, 2023
New Restaurant: New Bight content media
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sara84983
Aug 12, 2021
In Latest
The Explorer Team has just posted the latest information we have received for Fuel and Dockage prices and anything else new with marinas in The Bahamas. Unfortunately, land lines were down, we were unable to contact many on our list, and only 11 of 52 responded to our email request. At any rate, this is the latest and greatest that the Explorer Team can acquire to keep you as up to date as possible on the price of fuel and dockage. In the Notes column, you will see which ones have current information. Check our website www.explorerchartscom.
New (limited) Fuel and Dockage Survey content media
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sara84983
May 17, 2021
In COVID-19
PRESS RELEASE New Emergency Order outlines changes to indoor dining and travel requirements for fully vaccinated Restaurants on islands previously prohibited from offering indoor dining may now offer indoor dining to patrons who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with the recently released Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Management and Recovery) Order, 2021. This applies to New Providence and Abaco. Patrons must provide documentary proof of vaccination. All patrons and employees must continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Also, in accordance with the Order, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to take a RT PCR test for COVID-19 to travel from New Providence and Grand Bahama, and will not be required to take secondary testing on day five of inter-island travel when traveling from New Providence or Grand Bahama. A fully vaccinated traveler, including citizens and residents, is not required to take a RT PCR test for COVID-19 to enter The Bahamas. In the case of international travel, a fully vaccinated traveler is defined as a person who has received the required number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the person has completed the vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers are still required to obtain a Travel Health Visa; however, visa fees for fully vaccinated persons have been reduced for citizens and residents. International travel health visas for fully vaccinated citizens and residents are $10. Domestic travel visas for fully vaccinated travelers are free of charge. The fine for submitting falsified vaccination records is $10,000 or two years imprisonment, or both. Daily curfews have been lifted from all Family Islands where a curfew was in place – Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma. Grand Bahama’s daily curfew remains 11pm to 5am. The daily curfew on New Providence remains 10pm to 5am. Under the new Order, the requirement has been removed for RT PCR COVID-19 testing for persons traveling from Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma. The RT PCR COVID-19 test requirement remains in place for persons traveling from New Providence and Grand Bahama, except in the case of fully vaccinated travelers who are exempted from the test requirement. To access the complete Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Management and Recovery) Order, 2021 visit opm.gov.bs. 16 May 2021 Office of the Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas Contact: opmcommunications@bahamas.gov.bs Website: www.opm.gov.bs
Latest on Covid 5/17/21 content media
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sara84983
Apr 29, 2021
In Marina News
Thanks to fellow cruisers for this detailed update on the Abacos: We sailed up from Eleuthera last Sat to have a look see the Abacos for ourselves on our way home. Spent three days in Hopetown which was quite uplifting all round. Initial shock coming in the channel with the front row of houses dead ahead on both sides of the range markers almost all totally gone. We met a nice couple who now have a Dickerson 37 but lost their Morris 36 and the house they had closed on two weeks before Dorian which was in the second row facing the channel. They have partially rebuilt using the salvageable materials from their old house which was picked up from its foundation and tossed across the narrow lane fronting their property. A nearby three-story house was picked up from its foundation and deposited in their front yard. Most of this area now is nothing but concrete slabs. Their Morris 36 was on a mooring and it ended up on the shore to the south of the sailing club. All things considered Hopetown is doing well, still plenty to do but they have done amazing things. The Methodist church which had the spectacular view of the Atlantic from large windows behind the alter suffered only roof damage which was so heartening. We were there for Easter services a few years ago and had been mightily worried since Dorian. Both Hopetown Inn and Marina and Lighthouse Marina are in excellent shape with all new docks. No wreckage of boats is left anywhere around the harbor. Not a lot of boats around, moorings were about half empty. On the way across to Marsh Harbor it was another story. The big new fancy home on Matt Lowes Cay is gone and several large hulks are on the property. It appeared that the narrow opening between Matt Lowes and Sugarloaf Cay is much more open than we remembered. Almost all the houses along the thin peninsula extending to John Cash Point suffered major damage, ditto the rest of the north shore of Marsh Harbor. Stretches along this shore were totally devoid of any vegetation with many houses only having walls standing. Newer houses fared better, older houses forget it. Coming into Marsh Harbor was like entering a totally foreign place. The western shore north of the commercial piers had nothing but dead tree trunks as far as you could see. Entering the Harbor there are about half a dozen sunken boats in and around the anchorage areas. Tonight there are barely a dozen cruising boats here. Jib Room is nothing but a huge sand pile although it looks like they have finished new docks. On the other side of the Harbor it is just plain hard to pick out any familiar landmarks, with the still empty pilings standing alone. We thought we could figure out Harbor View Marina docks which look like they have been rebuilt but the Harbor View building is no more except for a small building at the head of the pier. We had to go to Customs at the commercial port to check out. The floating dinghy dock at Union Jack which used to be provided by the sailing club is no more, but north of that concrete pier there are new fixed docks with ladders every few feet to leave your dinghy. Walking out to the main road the first thing you see is the strip mall where there used to be a liquor store and other shops, the buildings just shells, no roofs. Standard Hardware was ripped open, part of the roof torn off. The wholesale liquor store across from Standard is nothing but a concrete slab. Intersection where the traffic light used to be just has a lowly stop sign. After clearing out with Customs we walked up Don Mackey Blvd. Abacos Treasures the lovely gift shop on the left is just a shell with no roof. All along there was not a single business left, Dove Plaza destroyed. The two story building beyond Dove Plaza looks like its roof survived and several businesses were open. Where Island Bakery used to be is a brand new two story building which could be a motel of small apartments once finished. From there we walked back past the old Price Right building which amazingly still had a roof and looked in good shape although it was boarded up. We did not walk to Maxwells but have heard it is pretty much the same now as pre Dorian. All in all, very sad to see how badly Marsh Harbor suffered although the opposite is the case with Hopetown. Forget to mention how healthy things looked around Boat Harbor when we went by there on the way to Hopetown.
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sara84983
Apr 22, 2021
In Customs/Immigration
Attached is the text of the Prime Minister's remarks in the House 4/21/21. Key points in his remarks were: Effective immediately, the daily curfew for mainland Abaco will be moved to 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Travelers within The Bahamas who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus will be exempted from COVID-19 test requirements that are currently in place when traveling from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera. These travellers will be exempted immediately after full vaccination. Proof of full vaccination will be required. Effective 1st May, those travelling to The Bahamas from outside of the country will be exempted from a COVID-19 test if they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period. Proof of full vaccination will be required. To be clear if an individual is not fully vaccinated that individual will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test where testing requirements are in place. All other mitigating protocols (social distancing and wearing of masks) will remain in place. Indoor dining will be permitted in instances where all present have been fully vaccinated. In such instances, the wearing of masks will be relaxed. Basil Smith Executive Director Association of Bahamas Marinas
Reduced Restrictions on Covid Procedures 4/21/21 content media
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sara84983
Apr 07, 2021
In Cruising Information
Rock Sound is making more places for cruisers to land and go ashore. Businesses are opening up again and presenting some good choices for yachts anchored in the large, hospitable, secure bay. Louies waterfront breakfast and lunch burger place; and new Wild Orchids on the water just south of BTC office and tower. Sammy’s is still going strong, now being run by his daughter after he passed away last February. The government dock has been added to and refurbished and Dingle's dinghy dock, though rickety and mainly a high-tide landing, has new ladders. Wild Orchids (nice dinghy dock and dredged out in front) Refurbished government dock
Rock Sound Landings content media
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sara84983
Mar 26, 2021
In Marina News
There are 20 new mooring balls at Staniel Cay in front of the Thunderball Grotto. They are on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservations required. $40/d. Call Staniel Cay Yacht Club on VHF 16 or email marina@stanielcay.com to inform them that you are taking one. Give credit card over phone/email or take the short ride to shore to check in and have a drink at the same time.
New Moorings at Staniel Cay
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sara84983
Mar 26, 2021
In Crooked/Acklins
Here is a link to an article from Lighthouse Digest on "The Tragedy of the Bird Rock Light." http://www.lighthousedigest.com/Digest/StoryPage.cfm?StoryKey=4101
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sara84983
Mar 26, 2021
In Untitled category
Here is a link to an article in The Nassau Guardian concerning the status of oil exploration in The Bahamas. https://thenassauguardian.com/bpc-in-new-oil-bid/
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sara84983
Mar 21, 2021
In Long Island
Ernest Watson has built and opened a lovely little tiki bar and grill in Gordon’s Bay, at the south end of Long Island. A perfect destination for a land excursion or a venture ashore from the anchorage. A beautiful long wonderful shelling beach, too.
New Restaurant Gordons, Long Island content media
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sara84983
Mar 15, 2021
In Far Bahamas
Just a few changes to the Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas 7th edition Need-to-Know Info for Mayaguana: *No longer any Customs and Immigration available on Mayaguana. Nearest officers on Exuma, Inagua, Long Island and San Salvador. *Bahamas Air are twice not three times per week. *Strong internet via the tower if you have a contract with BTC or ALIV *There is an Administrator on island.
Mayaguana Update 3/15/21 content media
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