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Old 04-12-2007, 17:17   #1
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Does Anyone Check-in at Walkers Cay ?

I am about to cross over from Lake Worth and thought of checking in at Walkers Cay in order to island hop down to Marsh Harbor.
Thanks in advance for your opinion!
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Old 04-12-2007, 17:31   #2
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Walkers is off again on again kinda spot, and a bitch to get into. If it were me I would wait, and clear at Spanish. One customs agent, very nice, and a breeze to get in and out!!
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Thank you, I have a dog with me and want to make an early land fall without visiting West End. I may have to trudge on to Spanish
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Old 25-05-2010, 19:20   #4
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Thank you, I have a dog with me and want to make an early land fall without visiting West End. I may have to trudge on to Spanish
Stop at Great Sale Cay, it's uninhabited, let the dog do its thing and then continue on your way.
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I have checked in at Walkers (with a dog) four times. Each time was a professional and pleasant experience. The channel is tricky and a bit shoaled so make sure the visability is good. Good luck and enjoy the abacos!
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The marina future is still up in the air and not open, but customs and immigrations is still operating.

Another option, that I did on my last cruise is to do a day crossing to West End and then a day up to the Grand Cays or Walker's and work your way south. That avoids having to sail through the night or anchor out in the open on the banks.

I know many like to wait to clear in at Spanish or Green Turtle. I much prefer checking in at W.E. or Walker's so that I can legally enjoy all the northern Abacos have to offer.

Some photos of the northern Abacos and a few anchorages maps on my webpage (still in progress):

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Have a great cruise.

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I know many like to wait to clear in at Spanish or Green Turtle. I much prefer checking in at W.E. or Walker's so that I can legally enjoy all the northern Abacos have to offer.

Some photos of the northern Abacos and a few anchorages maps on my webpage (still in progress):

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Have a great cruise.

- yeah and just noticed this is a very old thread recently brought back.
I agree and it has always been a good chance to top off fuel and clear in then hunt/spearfish, and explore all the way from there to Marsh Harbor
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just left grand cay for a run to north carolina and while we were there heard a few boats call customs at walker to check in - so it is being done
good luck in that after that it is a bit of a run to spanish to check in

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just left grand cay for a run to north carolina and while we were there heard a few boats call customs at walker to check in - so it is being done
good luck in that after that it is a bit of a run to spanish to check in

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glad to hear you made it back safely, and yes it is a sad thing, wish we were back in the Acklins!!!!!!!!!!!
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Would love to be in the acklins - send us an email and tell us where you are
heard kokopelli was in the rio dolce

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Grand Cay is a bit shallow but very protected once you get in. My boat draws five feet and I had to wait until high tide to get in.

I always taken my time in the outer Abacos and cleared in at Green Turtle Cay. I think it is legal as long as you don't go ashore. I've always sensed the Bahamians are pretty relaxed about the clearing in process.
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our jeanneau ds40 actually drafts 5' and we went in at absolutely low tide and did not touch until inside and tried to get around another boat - but got off quickly - just need to take your time and read the water well - but it sure is easier and less stressful if the tide is up
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