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While Nassau and Freeport may enjoy revenues from the jet set, the rest of the Bahamas relies heavily on the poor cruiser. Places like Hope Town or Little Harbour would hardly exist and George Town and Marsh Harbour would still be little sleepy towns in the out islands of the Bahamas if not for the cruisers dollars.

As I said earlier, Bimini almost died after the last increase.

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I agree that cruisers and pilots are a big part of the out island economy. However, I still think the pilots will spend more, as a matter of necessity. Just drawing the distinction between the two cruising permit fees. I bet they collect the difference in revenue on the fuel bill alone. Maybe some stinkpotters take on fuel, not sure what those knuckleheads actually do.


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I agree that cruisers and pilots are a big part of the out island economy. However, I still think the pilots will spend more, as a matter of necessity. Just drawing the distinction between the two cruising permit fees. I bet they collect the difference in revenue on the fuel bill alone. Maybe some stinkpotters take on fuel, not sure what those knuckleheads actually do.
A friend of mine watched as a mega-yacht filled up about a month ago. The bill: $70,000+. Yikes! It wouldn't take too many of those transactions to boost a local economy. We ragmen are pretty stingy in comparison.

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I bow to the mega-yacht superior fuel consumption. Lunatics.

I suspect most carry so much, they don't take on any.


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On occasion I have noticed actual angry reactions from stinkpotters when I fill my tank with < 10 gallons. It's as if I don't really qualify for dock space for that small amount of fuel.

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You have to remember that most of those in the Bahamian government charged with making this sort of decision, are gonna be based in Nassau... What they primarily see, is megayachts coming into marinas like Atlantis, spending perhaps a thousand bucks a night simply for dockage, and know those owners won't bat an eye over this sort of increase...

I would suspect the Out Island business community is as annoyed by this increase as we are, however, as that's where people like myself primarlly spend our money, what little we do...

Having said that, however, after visiting the Exumas 2 winters ago after not having been through there in several years, I was stunned by the increase of charter megayachts operating in those waters... Places like Highborne and Staniel Cay are profiting quite handsomely from the charter trade, and could care less about visitors like me, it's the big fish they're after...

In Nassau, when they think "cruiser", they're really thinking "Well-Heeled Vacationers" flown into yachts that charter for $100K/week, at a minimum... Such "cruisers" might spend more in one night dining at Harbour Island's Rock House, than I likely will over a lifetime of knocking about the Bahamas in my little tub...


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great I love the idea of spending $400 so that I can like most people I know have things stolen
While in the Bahamas. if they did more to protect us from the criminals I would say no prob to the increase but we know that will not happen so I will not revisit any more ---
I've been going to the Bahamas for about 15 years and never had anything stolen. I've never locked anything unless I was in Nassau, which is a big city so I lock things like I do in Miami.
Likewise, I have never had any issue whatsoever with security in the Bahamas - though I tend to avoid Nassau, and certainly take the appropriate caution if stopping there...

Sadly, only place I've ever had anything stolen from a boat, was back home in the States...
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FYI, the last time we stopped in a Bahamian Island it was South Cat Cay. That is an uninhabited island - south of Bimini - and nobody asked for any money.

We had the whole place to ourselves for days. :-)
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According to waterwaycruisingguide.com/newsupdate.php?area=9 the new fees are some what up in the air. Marina Operators of the Bahamas are referring to them as unofficial but, neverthe less, are encouraging members and partners to be aware of the changes.

With this change there are 3 fee schedules and MOB advises to be prepared to pay anyone of the 3.
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I know for a fact that most sport fishing boats here in Miami and southern Florida do not pay the fee. It is too high for a short visit for fishing. Bimini Island does not have a custom boat nor do they want one. They are in dire straits and will take any business that comes there from the sport fisherman. The sport fisherman fly the Bahamian flag without checking in and the officials look the other way.
Like others said, they spend a lot of money on fuel, hotel and restaurants.
The cheap sailors that come spend very little money compared to these guys plus the mega yachts. They will get there money from us one way or another.
I had a chat with the Bahama officials at the Miami boat show last Feb on this very subject. That is exactly what they told me.

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