Suggested by TJ and Kaye Assenmacher
From experience gained during
cruises to the Abacos aboard
SHEARWATER – 1975 Alberg 37 Yawl – 2006-2007; 2009-2010; AND 2011-2012
Wavy Line Chart Of The Abacos
Visits since 7/21/2011
(Posted 7/21/2011/Updated 9/18/2012)
o Anchorages Along
o Cruising Comfortably On A Budget (Nice To Have)
o The Cruising Guide To
o Inlet Chartbook –
o Explorer Chartbook
o Explorer Chartbook
Exumas and Ragged
o Explorer Chartbook
On our last Bahamas cruise
(8 October 2011 - 13 May 2012, we used the digital navigation program Polar
This inexpensive (approximately $40 USD) nav program worked very well.
Polar View also interfaces with Active
Captain, an interactive cruising guide which also includes some listings in
the Bahamas. We installed it on our ‘poor man’s chartplotter’ (a
laptop) tied to our GPS. Check
it out.) Additionally,
we use the FREE CaptainRated
which is a boating review site providing real reviews by real boaters
brought to you by ActiveCaptain
Other Stuff To Consider
If contemplating any
off-shore passages (up/down the
- Quarantine flag (yellow) and Bahamian courtesy flag (flown from starboard spreader). The Bahamian courtesy flag is different from the Bahamian National Flag.
Quarantine Flag (Yellow) (Yellow)
Bahamian Courtesy Flag Bahamian National Flag
Clearing back into the US.
Boater Option (LBO) for
- Passports required - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CURRENT AND UP-TO-DATE PASSPORTS - we make copies of passports, credit cards and boat documents ‘just in case…’.
- Dinghy registration and up to date stickers.
- Ship’s document (up to date) if documented boat, or ships registration if a non-documented boat.
- Boat insurance papers/TowBoatUS/Seatow Insurance (cheap insurance – well worth the cost!)
Miscellaneous ‘Good To Know’ Stuff
cost items in the
Cost (relatively) items in the
phone – most don’t have coverage in the
- Most places have Internet/WIFI (may have to pay) – SKYPE works if you have Internet (http://www.skype.com).
Insurance through Divers Alert Network (DAN) (http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/default.aspx) Family membership $55.
As a DAN Member, you automatically receive DAN TravelAssist and up to $100,000 of evacuation assistance coverage. Effective for both diving and non-diving injuries, this benefit is provided by AIG Travel Assist, a world leader in emergency evacuation services. Your evacuation coverage begins when you are traveling at least 50 miles/80 km from home and call DAN TravelAssist to arrange your evacuation.
aboard a good set of Current and Tide Tables (we use ‘computer’ tide tables) –
very necessary on the ICW especially in
- Probably the most important equipment on board transiting the ICW is a reliable depth sounder, and a pair of GOOD binoculars.
- ‘R O’ (reverse osmosis) water is available for about 20-25 cents/gal (2012). We use perhaps 3-4 gal/day. Use ‘foaming’ soap. Use ammonia for onboard clothes wash, ammonia + water in spray bottle for galley; vinegar + water for mildew; and Clorox+ water in spray bottle for sanitization. Small (1-2 tbs) amount of Clorox in water tanks. Periodically flush vinegar and a bit of vegetable oil through the head to help keep the 'plumbing' clear of calcium buildup and to lubricate the pump.
- Spare parts/filters (oil/fuel/water)/water pump impeller-rebuild kit/starter?/alternator?/fuel pump?…. Some automotive parts are available locally, and there are several good ship chandleries in the Abacos – but expensive.
- Repair parts would need to be ordered from states (Fedex – fast but expensive) – need copy of cruising permit to avoid import taxes. Nice to have a few copies of cruising permit….
- Dinghy tube repair kit (PVC / Hypalon material and glue depending on what kind of dinghy you have), also a spare dinghy valve or 2. Outboard spare spark plug.
- Tech manuals for electronic gear, engine, transmission, etc.
- Enough tools (and the right tools) to do just about any job on the boat.
- Cordless electric drill (charge off a small inverter – we have a small Black and Decker inverter – 600 watts - about $65 at Lowes) which takes care of all our charging needs. It runs a small ‘ShopVac’ just fine also.
- Personal boat cards and card file/folder.
Try to take just ‘enough stuff’, but not ‘too much stuff’ (including
clothes). The fall on the ICW can be
chilly at times, so some jackets, sweaters, sweat shirts, and blue jeans are in
order. Likewise January in the
This is by no means an all inclusive list of things to consider, but this may 'spark your interest' in cruising to the Bahamas. There is a lot more ‘stuff’ to consider, but remember, the object is to have ‘fun’ exploring new places, and......