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04-04-2010 08:59 PM
KTKT I forgot to mention that there is a pretty good grocery store in Treasure Cay. We only bought sunscreen there, but I remember thinking reprovisioning here would be okay.
03-30-2010 12:34 PM
KTKT We also needed a reservation at Treasue Cay. We got a slip there. Please post when you return.
03-30-2010 12:16 PM
bacampbe
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Very important - make sure you make a mooring ball reservation a few days in advance of getting to Hope Town. Do not enter Harbour without knowing you have a reservation.
I gather from your specific mention of Hope Town that reservations were not needed elsewhere? We're coming the last week in April, when things might be a little more busy.
03-30-2010 11:16 AM
KTKT Cruising guide was excellent. Navigation was more detailed that the BVI guide. Pay attention to the rising tide advice. The refrigerator was very good and freezer was just okay. We filled the bottom of the freezer with ice. We also had a large igloo freezer provided by Moorings. We did all our provisioning in Marsh Harbour at the Price Right. I was not on the supermarket run, but the 2 that went said it was a very good store, but expensive.

Very important - make sure you make a mooring ball reservation a few days in advance of getting to Hope Town. Do not enter Harbour without knowing you have a reservation.
03-30-2010 12:30 AM
bacampbe Any pointers for reprovisioning along the way? (Other than the famous cinnamon buns you mentioned.) We're more inclined to buy a little at a time than try to provision for the whole charter up front--we always end up with a lot of waste that way.

Also, did you notice any incorrect or outdated advice from the cruising guide?

Thanks!
03-29-2010 12:06 AM
KTKT There are 2 Settlement Harbours. The one at Guana Cay is plenty deep. Avoid the one at Green Turtle Cay. Get a mooring ball at Donnie's in Black Sound.
03-29-2010 12:02 AM
bacampbe Great report, thanks!

Settlement Harbor was too shallow for a _cat_? What is it _not_ too shallow for? I picture a harbor full of moored bass boats :-)
03-28-2010 11:13 PM
KTKT
Musings from Abacos Charter - March 6

Thanks for all the advice before our charter. The Abacos Charter was great! This was our 4th charter - 2 BVI, 1 St. Martin, and 1 Abacos. We got to Marsh Harbour Airport around 6 p.m. Saturday. 2 took a taxi to the supermarket and the other 2 went to Moorings and started checking out the Cat. We had a sleep aboard, which I would highly recommend. My brother is our captain, although we all have quite a bit of boating experience. He is one of those methodical guys that thinks everything through. It sure made a big difference on this charter. The navigation was quite a bit trickier than in the BVI - much shallower. Our methodical captain/brother had put every single weigh point from the cruising guide into his handheld GPS. It sure made a big difference and each day was quite a big easier. You cannot navigate by sight as you can in the BVI. The weather was much colder than we expected and it often blew 25-30. Most days were partly cloudy. We had heavy rain one night only.

Sunday - after the Mooring briefing (which was NOT brief) we departed Marsh Harbour and headed for Settlement Harbour on Great Guana Cay. The navigation was farly easy. The only thing to note is Footes Cay - easy jog to the east of Footes Cay. We got a mooring ball and then dingied in. There is a path to Nippers - lots of college kids on spring break in pink Nippers T-shirts - somewhat amusing!

Monday - headed north through Whale Cay Channel. Make sure you have at least 2 days of good weather if heading through the Whale. It was considered an easy day for passage, yet we did a bit of "surfing" through the Whale. Picked up a morring at Donnie's in Black Sound. This Settlement Harbour is too shallow. We wlaked around New Plymouth - nice town. We later dingied to Pineapples for dinner. It was about 60 degrees. We froze at this outdoor restaurant. If you go when weather is warmer, it is a great spot with good food and beautiful sunsets.

Tuesday - Back through Whale Cay Channel - great weather for this passage to Treasure Cay. We got a slip at the marina. What a gorgeous beach! National Geographic lists it as one of the 10 prettiest beaches in the world. Make sure you get cinnamon buns early in the morning - open at 7 am at the breakfast spot near the Marina. It is worth the walk to the beach to see the sunrise.

Wednesday - Early departure because of tide to Man-O-War Cay. The Harbour entrance is very narrow. The north mooring field is better than the south - much shorter dingy ride. The Sail Shop has famous canvas bags that are only sold in th island - no phone or internet orders, no shipping. Great restaurant - Dock and Dine.

Friday - headed to Hope Town. This is the most built up place we vistied. The light house is pretty cool. We rented a golf cart and tour the island. Tahiti beach is very nice. While at dinner at Capt. Jaacks, the rain came pouring down. We got drenched dingying back to the boat, but felt pleased that this was the only rain all week.

Saturday - back to Marsh Harbour and then home to realilty.

Overall - better than or equal to the BVI in all respects.
02-27-2010 07:56 AM
HerbDB Taxi's monitor channel 6 on VHF. You can call them using a handheld if you are taking one, from the boat or get the staff at moorings to call them.

Here is a helpful link to VHF usage in the Abacos. Be sure to make your first 8:15 check in on the Cruiser's Net. They will have a time for new arrivals let everyone know about their arrival. You might link up with old friends. Plus you will find out about weather and activities happening that day.
Abaco Bahamas Cruising Information

Have fun!
02-26-2010 08:18 PM
KTKT
Taxis to and from Price Right

We were thinking of dividing our crew and send 1/2 to Price Right at 6:45 pm via taxi straight from the Marsh Harbour airport next Saturday and the other 1/2 directly to Moorings with all the luggage. Will it be easy to get a taxi from Price Right to Moorings? We don't want to spend Sunday morning food shopping, but only have ashort amount of time Sat. before Price Right closes. Any info about taxis would be appreciated. Thanks.
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