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Old 01-02-2011, 10:32   #1
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Mooring Balls in Abaco

Hey all 4 days and counting and were off to spend a week in the Abacos aboard a Lagoon 380! Just a few last minute thoughts though we were planning to anchor out for the most part however the winds have been all over the place in last few weeks. While the cruising guide says there are moorings at the more popular overnights what is the going rate and will the mooring have the name of the person or business to pay. Thanks in advance

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One place I recall in the Abacos that had mooring balls is Green Turtle Cay. A couple of the marinas in Black Sound own them. You can call them on the radio when you get there to check availability.
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Yes, there are a number of places in the Abacos with balls. At Green Turtle, both Black and White sounds have them. In Hopetown Harbor, you can only use balls (not enough room, otherwise). Lots in other places, too.

A word of caution, though: Because they are all privately owned, there is no consistency in terms of appearance, rigging or anchor. Be prepared to have to "figure it out". Some are marked with ownership, some aren't. I recommend that you dive on the ball and go see if the rigging and anchor can deal with your boat.

Don't do like one fellow did at Green Turtle: The owner used one of the those kiddie bouncy balls for the float. The boater tied on to the rubber handle at the top. A good gust came in that night and you can figure out what happened!

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The owner used one of the those kiddie bouncy balls for the float. The boater tied on to the rubber handle at the top. A good gust came in that night and you can figure out what happened!
Dang...He'll never live that down; especially if he's married.
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I used mooring balls at Little Harbour and Hope Town.

In Little Harbor all the balls belong to Pete's Pub.

In Hope Town there are many different ball owners, denoted by the colors of the floats. Double reds (and I think double blues) are owned by Hopetown Marina. The double greens are Lucky Strike. For those colors, you can take whatever ball you want and they'll come collect in the morning. Others have names and phone numbers written on them.

Going rate is $20/night.
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You will find mooring balls in Hope Town, Little Harbour, Man-O-War, and Guana. I am guessing you will be chartering with Sunsail. Do not try to anchor in Hope Town or Man-O-War, they are both filled with mooring balls and there is no room. Also don't let the size of the float fool you, the mooring we use has 2 Clorox bottles for floats.
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Man-0-War and Hopetown would be the only two places to use mooring balls as there's no room to anchor.
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Charts show moorings in Treasure Cay, but as of last October only the concrete blocks remained, the balls and pennants were gone. You can attach using your own gear or just anchor around them.
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