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Old 09-05-2014, 07:29   #106
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Re: Bahamas During Hurricane Season?

A Floridian going to the Bahamas in the summer has a place for her boat already, in Florida. If you have no "home" dock, you are going to have a hard time finding one with a storm approaching. A tropical storm can be no picnic on a boat, too.

Here in New England, I have the option of staying at my dock at the YC or hauling at the yard where I store the boat in the winter. In either case, if the storm surge is just 3' higher than it was in Narragansett bay for Sandy, the pilings will be overtopped and the land storage place will be enough under water to float boats off the jack stands. The YC pilings were cut for aesthetic reasons when installed some years ago, grr. I have these options at all because I have a yearly business relationship with both places. If I were inquiring for a haul out as a storm approached, with a 60' powerboat, the yard would probably not be able to accommodate me. Even as a customer, for Irene I asked really late (ie, 3 days before the storm), and they couldn't promise. They did get the boat hauled in the end. But they have to be done with hauling 24 hours before the storm approaches; they have to secure the marina after they finish with the boats. It may be even earlier now. In Sandy, a few marinas tied all the boats together and they had less damage, so I expect my marina would attempt that in the future. I left the boat in the water for Sandy with lines doubled and tripled in some cases. One broke, but the boat was fine. Another boat was holed. The water came within 3' of topping the pilings. There was2' of water in the boatyard. And we were over 150 miles away from the storm.

Having lived in the Keys for five years and ultimately having moved away cuz it's too darned hot 6 months of the year, I wouldn't want to spend the summer in the Bahamas. Too darned hot! Every single year!
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:43   #107
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Here is how GG could solve this problem: Take the kids and helo to relative safety, and order the paid captain to take the boat to sea and ride it out (or not).

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Old 09-05-2014, 08:56   #108
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Re: Bahamas During Hurricane Season?

Last night I spoke with Godfrey Gary, Chief Councillor of Exuma. He was in Chattanooga for the Associated Island Developers big roll out party. (check out their face book page for details) I asked about haul out facilities. He assured me that they have many haul out facilities and getting your boat hauled in storm season is not a problem. But how knows if this is actually the case??
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This sounds like a crock to me!!!
Hardly saw any facilities of any sort in the Exumas 3 years ago.
Even in GT, there was only one small dock area - could hardly be called a marina, though there is a larger new marina at Emerald Bay, north of GT.
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This sounds like a crock to me!!!
Hardly saw any facilities of any sort in the Exumas 3 years ago.
Even in GT, there was only one small dock area - could hardly be called a marina, though there is a larger new marina at Emerald Bay, north of GT.
It might be. I've never been there. However, I asked last night, not three years ago. Is anyone there now that can comment on this?
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It might be. I've never been there. However, I asked last night, not three years ago. Is anyone there now that can comment on this?

I've hauled out in GT with a 21' beam. Not sure you would want to be on the hard in a storm there though, to much flying debris. Better to go into redshank. We would head for Florida for anything big though. But GT is only 36 hours away for us.
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Re: Bahamas During Hurricane Season?

Just PR or really BS. From Nassau to GT there is only one spot for hauling and that's in Masters Harbour in GT. they recently dropped a boat there, completely destroying it.
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Multiple sources list marinas with haul out facilities in the Bahamas. Many are some what commercial oriented for the local fishing fleet. Seem to be more on the Little Bahama Bank than the Great Bahama Bank. Spanish Wells can haul boats, not so sure about other Family Islands.

Not advising the summer being the best time to cruise or get hauled out in the Bahamas, just noting that folks live in the Bahamas all year and even in the summer life goes on.
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Odd how places get labelled, not always consistent with fact. Then facilities and services available too have assumptions regarding them. For some of us, the Bahamas are just like a short cruise up the coast would be. Facilities are first rate. We'd even consider living there if we were thinking of moving. Also, we talk of "The Bahamas" but that is covering a lot of islands and a lot of area and there are many differences in every respect. It's like saying "Florida" and thinking the entire state is the same.

An example of mis-perception: When we moved to our home in Fort Lauderdale, on a canal just off the ICW, it was labeled as being in a Flood Zone, and classified that way for flood insurance. This seemed somewhat illogical as the home and the one there preceding it had never been flooded nor had any neighbor's home. Well, new flood maps were recently drawn and put into place. Now we're not labeled as a flood zone. In fact the odds of a flood are now once every 500 years and then it is a one foot flood. So we went from flood risk and 6' to virtually no risk overnight.
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The posting related specifically to the Exumas, not the other islands, though I would still not want to be there in a big blow!! BTW our flood insurance went from AE to VE so I guess we are paying for your improved rating!!!
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Re: Bahamas During Hurricane Season?

Bahamas facilities are "first rate"?

Total bulltwaddle.

You can't really pitch that crap without being taken to task.

Theres nothing first rate there except Atlantis in Nassau and at $7 per foot per night and theres no haulout facility within cooee.

To just gild the lilly to folks inexperienced that may influence them to go, or stay in a hurricane season is irresponsible to the max.

Its even hard to get a decent tomato in most of the Bahamas let alone quality hurricane rated marinas or dry storage.

As for those that wish to do a 36 hour or 48 hour run back to Florida across the path of an incoming hurricane.... That may be the least wise decision of ones sailing life. Bad weather can precede hurricanes by hundreds of miles. And one minor breakage or breakdown and you are flopping at sea for the hurricane to smote your butt.

Finally, just because someone has a paid captain on board it doesnt mean the boat of the family is at all safe. At the first mention of a hurricane the captain may just UP AND DISAPPEAR. I am sure as hell not risking my life for a few hundred dollars per week to drive some boat into the teeth of a hurricane. I'd be off like a shot booking into Atlantis to play in the casino where I'd have a chance of coming out in front.


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The posting related specifically to the Exumas, not the other islands, though I would still not want to be there in a big blow!! BTW our flood insurance went from AE to VE so I guess we are paying for your improved rating!!!
Ours went from AE to X. 265,000 properties in Broward county were removed from requiring flood insurance, although we still have it even though not required. But we're now outside the flood plain.
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Yes but have you written that into your hurricane plan for the insurance compny and did you specify which glue??
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Yes but have you written that into your hurricane plan for the insurance company and did you specify which glue??

Yessir! I live at slightly below sea level.

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