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Old 24-12-2012, 06:58   #31
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Re: Spending 2 Months in the Bahamas?

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The parts won't spoil but the trip will if I need them and don't have em.
They may not spoil but they can rust. I've seen some nasty lumps of corrosion that used to be spares. Vacuum seal parts with a desiccant pack in the bag.

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Get south to the Exumas as soon as you can where the water will be warmer.
That certainly is the conventional wisdom. Some depends on the temperatures that make you most comfortable. I prefer the Abacos over the Exumas for temperature -- the small air temperature difference avoids sweaty afternoons at the expense of a light blanket at night.

On the other hand the Exumas and the Raggeds are prettier.
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Old 24-12-2012, 13:27   #32
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Re: Spending 2 Months in the Bahamas?

I was planning a trip to the Exumas and we changed to BVI's-- but here is some info I found useful for the Bahamas:
(and I never snorkel/dive anywhere without Sea Gold Gel Mask Anti-fogger)
Congrats on your trip!

Bahamas - Do's and Dont's
Georgetown to Nassau - Itinerary Help !!!!
Bahamas Cruisers Guide
Customs & Immigration - Vacation Planning | The Bahamas
Exuma Guide 3rd ed.
Explorer Chartbook: Exumas - 6th Ed.
Cruiser's Net Archive Good Words for Harborwalk Marina and Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403
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Old 24-12-2012, 17:15   #33
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Take that 11' Whaler and explore the "creeks" which cross Andros. Way cool, and Andros is a strangely different island...like no other in the Bahamas.

Weather: if you have SSB receive ability then Chris Parker does a very good job for the Bahamas.

Anchoring: learn to set a "Bahamian Mooring". Some locations get a 180d tidal current shift. Also be aware of "death trap" anchorages in the Bahamas which are open to the N Atlantic. If the weather picks up and the wind shifts you can find yourself trapped in a bad situation with open ocean waves rolling into the anchorage.
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You can not go wrong with the Abacos. The crossing from Florida to West End can be a bit rough, so consult all your weather resources and talk to a few sailors. If possible, and if this is your first trip try to go in a group or with maybe another boat or two. Places to visit: Hopetown, a wonderful quait village with a stripped lighthouse, Guana Key where you can walk the seven mile beach and try a Guana Grabber. Little Harbour, where you can visit the famous Johnston foundry and too many other places to visit. The natives are friendly, the rum is cheap, but the bear is not. Fuel, other than very small islands is plentiful, but make sure you have some clean and extra fuel filters
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You can not go wrong with the Abacos. The crossing from Florida to West End can be a bit rough, so consult all your weather resources and talk to a few sailors. If possible, and if this is your first trip try to go in a group or with maybe another boat or two. Places to visit: Hopetown, a wonderful quait village with a stripped lighthouse, Guana Key where you can walk the seven mile beach and try a Guana Grabber. Little Harbour, where you can visit the famous Johnston foundry and too many other places to visit. The natives are friendly, the rum is cheap, but the bear is not. Fuel, other than very small islands is plentiful, but make sure you have some clean and extra fuel filters
Well if the"bear" is not cheap, will try some fish and seafood while sipping on a beer... :-))). ;-)
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, CaptNery.
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Sorry about the "bear". In any case, they taste like chicken and go great with a cold Kalik beer.
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Sorry about the "bear". In any case, they taste like chicken and go great with a cold Kalik beer.
;-) never tried it, but I believe you..!
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Re: Spending 2 Months in the Bahamas?

I want to thank everyone for their advise and input. We are leaving for the Bahamas this coming week. All advise is being taken. We will be hauling the Whaler on the deck while crossing the Gulf Stream. I have added to my engine parts a starter and alternator. Also have acquired all 3 of the Explorer Charts for the Bahamas. Got plenty of snorkeling gear. WE feel pretty well prepared. If you are in the Bahamas now and see a 40 ft light Yellow tri with Blue cloth and bow nets named BIG THERAPY it us. The VHF will be on channel 16 24/7 . Got it wired to come across the stereo speakers so we will hear you. Love to meet new people.
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Good for you. If we can be of any assistance or you want to say Hi give Tingum a hail around GTC
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Re: Spending 2 Months in the Bahamas?

Have fun! One thing we found invaluable was a radio like this:

Amazon.com: ETON Globe Traveler G3 AM/FM/Shortwave Radio with Aircraft Band, Single-Side Band, Radio Data System and Synchronous Detector: Electronics

It will let you receive both NOAA and Chris Parker's daily wx forecasts which are superior to anything you'll get on the VHF cruisers' nets. Schedules and stations for broadcats are in the Explorer chartkits!

Have Fun!
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Have fun! One thing we found invaluable was a radio like this:

Amazon.com: ETON Globe Traveler G3 AM/FM/Shortwave Radio with Aircraft Band, Single-Side Band, Radio Data System and Synchronous Detector: Electronics

It will let you receive both NOAA and Chris Parker's daily wx forecasts which are superior to anything you'll get on the VHF cruisers' nets. Schedules and stations for broadcats are in the Explorer chartkits!

Have Fun!
Mambo,
Did you use an external antenna? How is this radio from a ease of use standpoint? I had a Kaito but I couldn't ever get anything on it.

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Did you use an external antenna? How is this radio from a ease of use standpoint? I had a Kaito but I couldn't ever get anything on it.

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Interesting question Scott.

We bought an external antena (the little reel that you haul up the flag halyard) but didn't find it to be much use. I have to say we originally found reception to be quite a challenge (we have the Grundig G5) my GF described tuning it as "trying to sort through all of the aliens for the one we wanted". Eventually, I got pretty good at it -- especially when I knew that the WX was going to be on a particular frequency at a particular time. That gave me the incentive to play with the fine tune dial long enough to bring in the transmission. All in all, it was not great but I really appreciated picking up Chris Parker every morning and I wouldn't go without one.

Others have told me their worldband radios were much simpler to tune. I am curious to hear from others on your question.

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need a helping hand ?? Never been out of the USA love to see the tropics
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