Listen each day to the cruisers' net at 8:15, channel 68. Lots of useful info there, and be sure to introduce yourselves in the "arrivals" section. 68 is the hailing channel there; use it to contact your party. Most businesses monitor
16. You can get a taxi on 06.
The cruisers' net will provide you with passage
information. This is the area where Rule
62 (Google for info, this forum has some threads on it too) was lost
; the passages can be benign or deadly, swapping places in a day's time.
Are you most likely to want to go exploring, or diving
, or sailing, or all three? An earlier reply gave some diving
info; the one at Sandy is about a mile west of the top of Tilloo or the bottom of Lubbers; two reefs
with dingy balls. There are balls on the ones north of Guana and off Fowl Cay (just south of Scotland
With that sized boat you should be able to get into Hopetown and Man'O'War, both good to explore. Be sure to do the lighthouse in Hopetown, and look in on the boatbuilding on 'War. If you're there near sunset, and have chatted them up, the keepers will let you help with the lighting
of the diesel
fired lamp, a real experience.
By the time you're there, likely the Jib
Room will have its Thursday PotLucks. That's almost directly across MH from the Moorings, and a great way to meet cruisers. Take the time to get to know some cruisers; you'll develop lifelong friendships if you do. Typical is sundowners (bring your own to theirs, they'll bring theirs to yours) aboard, and boat card exchanges (bring some business cards and hand-write the boat name, as it's a charter) - that way you'll have a way to remember who you met, and they, you.
If you venture outside (presuming your mono will be too deep to go inside), Green Turtle is a nice exploration, and has a fantastic museum and library (different buildings). Manjack has ex-liveaboards who go out of their way to be friendly to cruisers, including the use of their beach, windsurfers, sunfish and the like. Unfortunately, their freely shared WiFi
(they maintained two amplfiers, strictly for cruisers) has become a pay repeater for one of the services there.
If you want to stay connected, Bahamas
WiMax and Out Island Internet
both have scads of repeaters throughout the area and work
well, albeit at a price
. In Marsh Harbour, if you walk to the stop light (turn right from Moorings), then turn left, the building a couple of blocks up, with what looks to be a white fronted windows with "winners play here" or some such on them, buzz yourself in and plop down at the free terminals there. It's an online gambling place but they are happy to have cruisers there using their terminals for free. Morning coffee, even!
Listen on the net for BuckABook; if it happens to be manned (usually only a few hours a day), there are literally thousands of books
there for a buck each, all proceeds going to support the Wild Horses of Abaco
, a pure strain of Spanish Barbs going back to Columbus' time, the most endangered horse in the world. You'll get directions to it if you want, but it's right up the street from Moorings, literally, taking the road across from Mangoes and Moorings, in an aqua shipping
North and West of MHH is easy sailing in nearly any conditions, as there's room to tack. South you have some convoluted trails if you're not an extremely shallow draft
, but well worth the trip to go that way, too. Go to nearly the end of Lynyard and look for what looks like a camp; dinghy in and you'll see our diesel
jug with our names, hanging on a tree, along with many other cruisers' memos, marking the beginning of the very short path to the ocean side, which is great beachcombing and walking, if you're into that.
In Hopetown, you can go to the Hopetown Lodge's bar and walk down to the beach from there, as well, for an entirely different beachwalk. If you're in Great Guana, you can anchor
off or take a mooring
in Settlement Harbour; up the hill to Nippers is a great view and more beach, but not much combing, as it's cleaned. On a calm day, bring your snorkel gear
for the reef. Be sure to try the frozen Nippers, a rum
punch. You'll find a similar drink at Snappers, along with all the NFL you might care to watch, which is just to the left off the government dock
there, too. Pirate's Cove, at the base of the hill to Nippers, will offer free internet
AND US/Canada phone
to cruisers, along with a chance to play with their MinPin if you're into dogs
. Tell Jerry and Chorene that Skip and Lydia said HI!! Breakfast, lunch and dinner there, along with a bar, and a small subset of BuckABook, too.
As to bareboaters, if you behave like a cruiser - that is, make it a point to integrate the community, both landside and afloat, you'll be welcomed with open arms. Dress is strictly casual, but bathing suits ashore in the communities is a no-no - but just fine at the Guana eateries, and, of course, the marinas
, as they're beach or pool oriented.
Marsh Harbour is sort of our hurricane
season base, so I have somewhat of a bias along with perhaps a deeper knowledge base; you'll love it. Feel free to come back with any specific sorts of questions you may have...
Skip, currently lying George Town