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Old 26-12-2015, 04:47   #1
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S/V Symbiosis in Bahamas

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Old 26-12-2015, 07:02   #2
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Re: S/V Symbiosis in Bahamas

A good read Scott. Good luck on your voyage. If you're going to stick around Gr Bahama for a bit, there's a good-sized cruising community at the Ocean Reef Resort and Marina (next entrance west of Bell Ch/Lucaya) - and it's reasonably priced (for the Bahamas). If you like beer, a tour of the Sands brewery is worth the 7 bucks.

Your $300 cruising permit actually allows the boat to stay in the Bahamas for a year, even if the old forms they use say 6 mths. And you can leave and return to the Bahamas on the same permit within 3mths (iirc).

I think it may be in your interest to get an outboard if you will be cruising the islands there. Lots of places with strong current (like Warderick Wells) and long dinghy rides (like George Town). There are a couple of marine stores on the Queen's Hwy in Freeport where you can get an OB (2-strokes as well) fairly cheaply. (Can't remember the names - one is OBS I think, there's another with a big Yamaha sign across from the Ace Hardware store and another a couple blocks south on Lignum Vitae).

Anyway bon voyage.
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Old 27-12-2015, 01:55   #3
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Re: S/V Symbiosis in Bahamas

Thanks. We've been having second thoughts about the outboard, too, and in fact have been asking around about where we can find an inexpensive used one. I saw the positive reviews on Active Captain for the marina west of Bell Channel, but it looks like the water's too thin at the entrance. I draw 5'9"
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Re: S/V Symbiosis in Bahamas

We draw 5'11". We've been through several times at mid-tide. You have to maintain a good visual on the water and there's a reverse "S" turn near the top end of the breakwater - about halfway along the breakwater you need to favour the west side, then move over to the east side - the shoals are visible in good light. The canals are deep and clear all the way to the marina.
The next entrance west - into Sunrise marina is shallower and not passable except at high tide afaik.
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For a used O/B you can try any of the stores I mentioned previously. If no luck there, try Bradford Marine (in the commercial port) or Knowles Yacht services (by Sunrise Marina) - you should be able to find their contact info on Activecaptain.
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Re: S/V Symbiosis in Bahamas

Thanks for sharing, we will be following and learning From your experience as we have started the boat search and hope to shove off from Key West in April
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