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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

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Is this the Gunboat you were talking about? I think it has been tested for working in the Bahamas....

I think Gazelle was the one that was at the Annapolis show last year, but they don't make the 66 anymore. Now it's the 90, 78, 60 & 55. The New Navy?
Yes, the 60 replaced the 66 and the 62, but that video was too sweet to not use haha.

I personally have never really considered the catamarans, for personal preference, but the Gunboats are very persuasive, if I had a couple of million bucks to spend LOL

The prices on the ones I have seen advertised have been about 2.25 million, a wee bit out of my budget, but if anyone has a spare 3 mil laying about I will surely let them know how to send it to me. ( 3 mil because I might need some spending money LOL).
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

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We could easily make the Bahamas into a second Puerto Rico and, even better yet, Bahamian sounds a lot like English!
The great thing about the Bahamas is that you aren't in Florida (or even the USA) anymore. No more Coast Guard chatter on 16, just the announcement that the cruisersnet is about to begin on channel XX. If we took over, I probably wouldn't be able to anchor at Blackpoint, because we would have put in moorings. I would have to eat at McDonalds, because they put the wonderful Lorraine's out of business. Plus I'd have to pay to use the dinghy dock, instead of the free one at the laundry. We'd probably have to pay to visit Thunderball Grotto....because some corporation bought it (maybe Disney). We couldn't go ashore at Big Majors Spot, because the pigs are now an endangered species. Same at Allen's Cay, with the iguanas. There would be homeless people at every corner at any settlement, begging for money. The only place that happened to me, was in Bimini. One guy in a wheel chair. From what I see, the Bahamians are pretty happy with who they are, and what they have.

No, I won't be boycotting the Bahamas. I don't want to pay an extra hundred dollars for the cruising permit, but if that happens (which it hasn't), I wont stay away. Actually, we spent less while cruising in the Bahamas (entry fee included), than here in the US. Most places we hung out, there wasn't a place to spend money. Just beautiful water, pristine beaches, and uninhabited land. Most Bahamas cruisers know exactly what I'm saying, and why they go back year after year.

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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I contacted the Bahamian embassy re this issue - here is their reply:

Reference is made to your email dated 29 August, 2013.

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If entering The Bahamas by boat, there is a flat fee to clear Customs and Immigration, which is $150.00 for boats 30 feet and under and $300.00 for boats 31 feet and over. This covers a vessel with three persons or less. Also included is a cruising permit, a fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $20.00 Departure Tax is waived for up to three persons. Each additional person above three will be charged $20.00 Departure Tax. If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.

This information can be found at: Entry Requirements | The Official Site of The Bahamas

Thank you for your interest in The Bahamas.

Consular Section
Embassy of The Bahamas
2220 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 319 2660
Facsimile: (202) 319 2668
E-mail: consulate@bahamasembdc.org
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

"I would have to eat at McDonalds, because they put the wonderful Lorraine's out of business." I distinctly recall seeing McFranchises all over Freeport well more than a decade ago. Seeing all those old familiar names, somehow takes the fun out of traveling for me.

But Julie...Bermuda shorts? You know, some folks would say that giving back NAS Bermuda was almost as great a mistake as giving back the Panama Canal. And not so easy to hop over for the weekend.

Doubling the entry fee for the size of the boat sounds more like someone couldn't figure out math beyond "the two's table". What, like it costs twice as much to inspect a 36' boat as it does a 25' boat, with the same number of souls on board? Or, un/like a drive-in theater, we're gonna start charging for each passenger in the car instead of for the carload?

They're just damn lucky Robert Moses died before he could retire to Florida. He'd have built a bridge over with a six-lane highway, and wreaked havoc out there.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

No one mentioned it, so I thought I would. The first time I went to the Bahamas in the mid 70's, we cleared in West End for $10.

Talk about inflation!
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

So the embassy is saying the rates *HAVE* gone up...for some boats. It used to be $150 for boats up to and including 35 feet. $300 for boats over that size.

Now any boat over 30 is going to be $300...how many sub 30 foot boats really make the gulfstream passage every year?
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

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So the embassy is saying the rates *HAVE* gone up...for some boats. It used to be $150 for boats up to and including 35 feet. $300 for boats over that size.

Now any boat over 30 is going to be $300...how many sub 30 foot boats really make the gulfstream passage every year?
Hmmm, good catch, I didn't notice that on my first read...

Looks like I'm still good to go @ $150, but you're right, this certainly represents a change to $300 for virtually everybody who cruises the Bahamas... I'm generally the smallest boat pretty much everywhere I go over there, it is extremely rare when I come across other boats smaller than mine...
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

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No one mentioned it, so I thought I would. The first time I went to the Bahamas in the mid 70's, we cleared in West End for $10.

Talk about inflation!
Talk about drug trafficking eradication. Not too uncommon to pull into an out island anchorage in the 70s and mistakenly stumble upon someone who preferred to have no witnesses.

The Bahamians wisely realized there was nothing in it for them to have the drug lords around, so they welcomed the DEA. They even had a radar balloon or two on cables that went up to 10,000 feet, IIRC. I recall they used to be on aviation charts.

Now that tourists feel they will survive the cruise, so come in larger numbers, the government is free to extort them. They learned it from their previous occupiers.
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