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Best Bahamas Charts ?????

I need to order online some Bahamas charts. Anyone have suggestions which ones are good or not as good, the most detail? and website address. Thanks.
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Explorer Charts! Nothing else comes close in detail and accuracy. The complete Bahamas are covered in three chart books. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I also suggest Explorer Charts and echo Capt Forces comments....
Welcome to Explorer Chartbooks
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Ditto on Explorer charts.
Also most 'newer' Garmin Chartplotters come 'preloaded' with the Explorer Charts.
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Explorer + Garmin

Do not rely on Raymarine chartplotter or you will run aground.

I have a Raymarine E120 in the cockpit but relied mostly on my handheld Garmin Oregon 400C (and VPR) at the tricky spots.
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Well, that makes us pretty much unanimous! Explorer charts have the advantage also of text that serves pretty much as a cruising guide, with phone #s and locations of land services, customs, shopping, marinas, etc. Not to mention being extremely accurate. Be advised, though, that some lights shown on the chart are not maintained by the Bahamian gov't, and currently dark.

Another vote for the Garmin Oregon 400c - we found it invaluable all down the ICW as well as everywhere we went in the Bahamas.
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Do the Explorer charts that are pre-loaded on the Garmins have the written information (like a cruising guide) too?
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Additionally recommend Steve Pavilidis' various cruising guides.
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