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danielgoldberg 12-26-2008 11:41 PM

Abacos?
 
We're thinking of chartering in the Abacos this coming February. Has anyone done that? Is it a good chartering ground? What are the good companies to use? Any thoughts or advice would be most welcome.

We've chartered in the BVI, but are thinking about the Abacos to do something different. Also, we're hoping to cruise the Bahamas at some point, so we're thinking that a charter might be a fun way to get a preview. Would love to do the Exumas, but we understand there really are no chartering options down there. If we're wrong about that, don't be shy.

gtod25 12-27-2008 12:06 AM

Chartered there in Nov with Sunsail.
 
Excellent all round experience. Nice cruising area, no problems. Loved Hope Town and Little Harbor. Sunsail was good, only a few boats but staff were great. Nov was cold and quiet. Feb should be a little busier. Recommended.

camaraderie 12-27-2008 12:43 AM

Moorings out of Marsh Harbor at the Conch House marina is reliable.

Dzedzej 12-27-2008 02:34 AM

Abaco's
 
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It can get cold in Feb or be nice and warm, if you are bareboating Moorings is great, if Crewed Moorings is Great...if Capt only, tell them you want info on Capt by 7 days out, including his time on the boats as captain (charter)they have some good ones, some new ones and some (see attached) ...This applies anywhere you hire someone to keep you safe..
North of Whale Cay (Green Turtle & Spanish) can be hard to reach in NE 20 winds be careful and ask for local advice if you need it...
Check with Troy at dive Guana if going north or anyone at Grabbers...before happy hour

Rich

danielgoldberg 12-27-2008 12:24 PM

Sorry
 
There's tons of information already in the archives. I should have searched for an answer first before posting the same question that's been asked 72,000 times. Sorry 'bout that.

Heel Dawg. Heel.

higgins 12-30-2008 02:14 PM

Will be there in Feb
 
Just booked my first charter with Sunsail, Marsh harbor for the 1. week in Feb. Don't know the area, so I opted for the Flotilla option. Good experience so far (communication wise)

sailortjk1 12-30-2008 05:01 PM

Can't answer your specific question, only want to add......
Be sure to make a stop at Nippers on Great Guana.

Also, if your into diving/snorkeling, the reefs off of Guana are fantastic in my limited opinion.

camaraderie 12-30-2008 11:34 PM

Agree TJK1...but the trick is to take a right and walk a half mile to high rocks before going out to the reefs...they are spectacular there whereas the ones in front of Nippers are pretty worked over or dead.

Nippers Beach Bar and Grill! Located on Great Guana Cay.

Dzedzej 01-01-2009 01:14 PM

Sunsail
 
You will have a great time, Holly and Brad will probally lead the flotilla,
Great people..
Rich

SecondWindNC 01-02-2009 04:40 PM

Can't tell you anything about charter companies, but it's a beautiful area. Hope Town and Guana are great, and Man-O-War is a neat little island, too. (Make sure you're properly provisioned; it's a dry island.)

The walk to Nippers:
http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/7/...er%20small.jpg

Man-O-War:
http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/7/...me%20small.jpg

Sunrise at Marsh Harbour:
http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/7/...se%20small.jpg


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