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CHS_JDE
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Exumas Bareboat
      #1748655 - 10/05/17 12:57 PM (66.49.118.6)

Rookie bareboaters with experience who were going to go to BVIs in September. Obviously that didn't happen. Were considering going back in June but some of the crew are hesitant. We were exploring other options and wanted to get opinions on Exumas. Moorings just added that as a destination, but prices are astronomical. Any of the other charter companies there reputable?

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kneafseym
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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: CHS_JDE]
      #1748670 - 10/05/17 03:16 PM (99.12.86.214)

We love the exumas, but can be a tough spot to bareboat compared to BVI. I don't know where the base is, but Georgetown is the main city in Exumas.

Some differences:
1. Groceries are mostly available in Georgetown and some days the supplies vary. You can get fresh fish from locals.
2. Tide. You have to pay attention, you will run aground, it happens.
3. You can just hang in the water with a beer unless you have a line attached, you will drift fast.
4. From Georgetown everything is generally downwind, then upwind. So not a lot of great sailing. A one way from Georgetown would be great. Or heading to Long Island from Georgetown.
4. The beaches are much better than anything in BVI
5. You will find occasional beach bars.
6. In June the crowds will be thin as the cruisers will need to be heading out for Hurricane season insurance requirements.

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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: CHS_JDE]
      #1748710 - 10/06/17 07:29 AM (216.230.127.4)

Looks like the Moorings would have you starting at Highbourne Cay, at the northern end of the Exumas. This is a swanky resort island, with a megayacht marina, and services to match. You can get groceries and liquor here, but I imagine they are pricey and limited -- and you won't be able to get anything else -- no food, water, ice, fuel, restaurants -- until you travel substantially south (Staniel Cay, or Black Point settlement).

There is a charter outfit outside of Nassau called Navtours that also allows Exuma charters. They market to a French Canadian market, which is why you don't hear much about them. We sailed with them this May, crossing from New Providence to Shroud Cay, in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (aka Paradise) and ending at Staniel Cay (and paying the one-way charter premium). New Providence island has a lot more choices for provisioning, and it's easy to get a flight to Nassau from the U.S. I expect charter rates are more "reasonable" as well. (My trip report is here: Exumas Charter)

However, in addition to the points Mike K. lists, you need to add the consideration of the crossing here. In June, the weather is not likely to be an issue impacting your crossing, but despite chart plotters, you've pretty much got to have someone on watch while crossing the "Yellow Bank" to watch for uncharted coral heads. If you're stuck motoring (as is likely the case), this is a 7+ hour trip.

The Exumas are the stuff of beach lover and escapist fantasies (swimming pigs and the tourists they attract notwithstanding....). However, for a first time charterer, I would strongly suggest the Abacos over the Exumas. They are less charter-oriented than the BVIs, but definitely boat-oriented, with line of sight navigation, shallow and protected waters, and lots of amenities for sailors. Also, several charter companies from which to choose.

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CHS_JDE
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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: Eva]
      #1748717 - 10/06/17 08:37 AM (66.49.118.6)

Who do you recommend out of the Abacos for catamaran bareboat? We have been to Elbow before but were land based with a power boat. Great area.

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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: CHS_JDE]
      #1748743 - 10/06/17 10:48 AM (216.230.127.4)

Both Moorings and Sunsail are available in the Abacos, and they are always a safe bet. However, my personal preference is to go with someone smaller. I've heard good things about Cruise Abaco, which might be locally owned (not sure). Also, Dream Yacht Charters has a base in the Abacos.

The charter bases are all in Marsh Harbour, which makes it easy to fly in. And there is a large grocery store (Maxwell's) to meet your needs (as well as liquor stores, a bakery -- gotta have Bahamian bread!).

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CHS_JDE
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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: Eva]
      #1748756 - 10/06/17 12:26 PM (66.49.118.6)

I was set up with Moorings in BVI, but in the Abacos, they are THOUSANDS more expensive for the same week in June. DYC is a reputable outfit?

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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: CHS_JDE]
      #1748764 - 10/06/17 01:58 PM (216.230.127.4)

I have heard good things about Dream Yacht Charters, but have no personal experience.

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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: Eva]
      #1749656 - 10/18/17 01:05 PM (98.101.85.2)

Can you charter in the Abacos in February or is it iffy?
Thanks
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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: EllenS]
      #1749721 - 10/19/17 07:20 AM (216.230.127.4)

February is iffy for weather, with cold fronts passing through regularly. There are only a handful of harbors that are protected from the west, and you could be stuck for a couple of days until the weather settles. You could get lucky and have perfect weather, but management of expectations is key in the "winter" months.

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Re: Exumas Bareboat [Re: Eva]
      #1749821 - 10/20/17 12:56 PM (98.101.85.2)

Thanks Eva,
Do you need to wait until May for the weather to settle?
Ellen


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