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Re: Northern Bahamas- current situation?

In my experience, after a tragedy like the northern Bahamas experienced, visitors are not welcome, unless they have come to roll up their sleeves and help with the work of clean up. And even then, you'd best have all the food, water and fuel you'll need to survive while helping them, as the area has nothing to offer visitors and very little for the residents in dire need.
I'd steer well clear.
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Id consider to make a telephone call to the Bahamian Embassy in DC to obtain the latest info on operating entry ports, major hazards to navigation. Of course being the Bahamas, official info must not be taken as 'gospel'.

Since 'the usual' track from West Palm / Lake Worth to the Abacos is to enter (the banks) through 'Memory Rock' which over the past few years has become more shallow .... Id ask for the condition of that pass onto the banks ...or if Spanish Cay (Marina) or Green Turtle (Marina) are open for entry, you might want to telephone them directly (My usual entry port for this track is Green Turtle Club Marina). The alternative would be to clear in a West End (Old Bahama Bay Marina) and ask for the current info on safely entering the Little Bahama Banks, etc. Note do NOT enter Old bahama Bay on a stong W-NW blow unless youre confident in navigating through rages.

Explorer or e-charts derived from Explorer charts are the bible for travelling the Bahamas.

Like you I dont like crowds, so for my most recent visits Ive enjoyed entering at the Abacos and then sliding south from there ...Abacos (Lynyard Cay) --> Spanish Wells / Royal Harbor and then south. Sadly, I think Bimini (and New Providence Island) is become too dangerous for boaters due to the current drug trade.
I found the Explorer Charts on my iPad with AquaMap invaluable last season. Active Captain and Waterway Guide info for marina and anchorages are spot on!
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I found the Explorer Charts on my iPad with AquaMap invaluable last season. Active Captain and Waterway Guide info for marina and anchorages are spot on!

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Re: Northern Bahamas- current situation?

Got a word from a friend who just got to Northern Bahamas. And I quote:
” I anchored at Mangrove Cay for the night and had a great sail from there to Nunjack Cay. I sailed off my anchor and had to motor the last 5 nm due to no wind. At the anchorage only two other boat were there. Spooky as this is a popular anchorage. I am anchored outside Marsh Harbor. There are two sailboats anchored here, there should be about 70. Lots of destruction where ever I go. It’s the “walking dead” here with police and military.”
He also sent few pictures. Utter devastation.

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Got a word from a friend who just got to Northern Bahamas. And I quote:
” I anchored at Mangrove Cay for the night and had a great sail from there to Nunjack Cay. I sailed off my anchor and had to motor the last 5 nm due to no wind. At the anchorage only two other boat were there. Spooky as this is a popular anchorage. I am anchored outside Marsh Harbor. There are two sailboats anchored here, there should be about 70. Lots of destruction where ever I go. It’s the “walking dead” here with police and military.”
He also sent few pictures. Utter devastation.
Did a few charters out of Marsh Harbor a number of years back both with the Moorings and also a private one with a couple. Had great memories of renting a bungalow before the charters and in the morning walking to snorkel at Mermaid Reef where they were starting to deploy some artificial reefs. Sweet little spot. I can only imagine the devastation today back then the harbor was full of boats.

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Re: Northern Bahamas- current situation?

Abaco did have and allow a largish hatian community to evolve there.
As in shanty town
Maybe look into this if interested....
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