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Marinas or Anchorages Near to the Exumas

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Silver Lining, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Silver Lining

    Silver Lining Member

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    It sounds like Exuma Yacht Club is not an option for a 1-2 week stay. Cave Cay is just too far unless you have a plane. So Emerald Bay seems the only choice. Talking with the marina, they have several boats that stay for some months at a time during the summer and have a dock hand with the marina look after the vessel. My experience is June and July are the calmest months barring storm development. I guess I will double up the lines, lots of fenders and have someone check the boat daily.
  2. Pascal

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    Summer should be good. Unless a storm out in the Atlantic sends big swells
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    How is Exuma Yacht Club too far? There are plenty of taxis there and not that far to the airport.
  4. Pascal

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    Problem with EYC is the power. They may have a single working 240-120/50. Maybe. And a couple of 120/30s maybe :)
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    He said Cave Cay was too far, not EYC.
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    I tend to defer to the collective wisdom on this site. But the Exuma Yacht club was in shambles last June. No way would I leave my boat there whether I stayed on it or not. I would take my chances at Emerald bay and double my lines and put out a lot of heavy duty fenders. I wonder if you were to get a slip to the far right on entering if the surge would not be as bad there. Another thought is to see if St. Francis Resort would have a slip for you. There was an 80’ in there last June. If you draw 5’ or more I think you will have to time the tides but once in I think it would be fine.
  7. Pascal

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    The 80 Cheoy Lee at st Francis is the owners and partially aground at low tide. Can t get get anything over 40’ there.
  8. Capt Ralph

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    And what do you do for things walking off your boat? There are reasons you don't want to leave you boat at most places.
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    Right? How do you leave the boat anywhere without someone responsible aboard and in charge?
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    Even in Marsh Harbor, Boat harbor, Elliot & Treasure, in the good days, I would deliver a boat and within days when the owner arrived, stuff had walked.
    One owner found his scooter, removed from the cockpit in the marinas parking lot when he arrived. Of course, nobody saw a thing.

    To answer your question; IMO, You don't..

    It does amaze me that many people do (did) come back with no issues.
  11. Silver Lining

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    Well I guess there is always some risk when you leave a boat unattended in the Bahamas. I have done it several times (7-8 times) in Marsh Harbor, and Yacht Haven and Palm Cay in Nassau. I have never had a problem yet. We always try to choose a good marina in the right location. Needs to have 24 hour security and a commitment from marina staff to watch over the boat. Of course ours is only 50 ft, but we button everything up tight, lock the boat and compartments, dont leave any valuables out, and then hope for the best.
  12. rtrafford

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    Well, a plan for everyone and to each his or her own.

    Given the likelihood of trespass and the frequent brown outs, no, it's easier and cheaper to have a reliable steward aboard in the vacancy.
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    ...oh, and I suggest that since you will be leaving her alone as before that you place a small cup of water in the freezer, let it freeze, then put a coin on top of the ice inside the cup. When you return if the coin has sunk into the ice, throw out your food.