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02-08-2013 01:56 PM
ftldiver
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

old thread, but you can also clear in at cat cay. (gun cay). its a private island, but if you head in during daytime, and don't stay no club fees.

Florida to Bahamas Sailing Destination | Cat Cay Island


this is not a bad place to stop before heading over the banks. (gun cay)
02-03-2013 09:26 AM
murkehaze
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

Quote:
Originally Posted by PanManDart View Post
Dumb question: any pirates in this area?
Only at the local watering hole willies wet lounge as it was called when i was there, three years ago.
02-03-2013 09:23 AM
murkehaze
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by Dick Pluta View Post
From what little I've heard there isn't much at Andros except bonefishing and flies. Never having been there personally I can't, as they say, "confirm or deny".

If you're coming from the Miami area, Alice Town in North Bimini is a Port of Entry, is an easy days sail and VERY casual as to formalities. Warning! Cash only for the cruising permit. There is an ATM right across the street from the Customs House. Nassau, in addition to being a lot more formal, is out of the way for Andros. Bimini to Chub Key to Andros is a better route.

I'm assuming you will be sailing only during daylight. If you get a very early start it's possible to go from Bimini to Chub Key in a day and there is a decent anchorage just outside the entrance to the marina there. If you can't fit in a long day you will have to anchor out on the bank. I have found the crossing to NW rock can be uncomfortable. The water from the Tongue of the Ocean and the Northeast Providence channel all goes onto the Bank there, dropping from 1000 feet plus to about 20 feet and if the current is running the wrong way it can get pretty rough. To get to Andros, however, there isn't much choice unless you go the long way around. I go to Nassau so I prefer going north around the Berries. If you sail all night you can get from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau that way in about 35 or 40 hours. That route is Bishop Rock around Great Stirrup Key and down the Northeast Providence channel. There are anchorages at Great Stirrup and Little Harbor Key but I have never used them.

Good luck and happy sailing,

Dick Pluta
AEGEA
Nassau, Bahamas

I haven't been to Andros so I can't comment on anything there. Morgans Bluff, however, on my chart doesn't show as a port of entry and you would have to anchor off for at least a couple of days to get there. North Bimini, Cat Key and Chub key are all Ports of Entry.

Dick Pluta
AEGEA
Nassau, Bahamas
You can clear in at Morgans bluff, the guys have to get to the inner harbour from San andros airport takes a little time but the officers are great.
02-03-2013 09:18 AM
murkehaze
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

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Originally Posted by CanDrac View Post
Has anyone here visited Andros in the Bahamas? What would you recommend as a port of entry that is easy to enter and well protected? (5'6" draft) Trying to avoid having to go to Nassau...
I have spent some time on Andros and in Morgans Bluff, what do you need to know about the place.
02-03-2013 09:13 AM
murkehaze
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

I usually just lurk and read these forums, rarely reply, not real good at the mechanics of the posting of info!
02-03-2013 09:12 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

Quote:
Originally Posted by PanManDart View Post
Dumb question: any pirates in this area?
No.
02-03-2013 09:11 AM
murkehaze
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

Only in the local watering hole, willies water lounge.
02-03-2013 09:10 AM
murkehaze
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

I have spent some time on andros and Morgans Bluff, if I can help with info let me know what you need to know.
02-03-2013 09:09 AM
PanManDart
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

Dumb question: any pirates in this area?
02-03-2013 09:08 AM
PanManDart
Re: Andros in the Bahamas

Been advised pass at Highborne Cay to South Eleuthera.
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