Bahamas

Oh, Captain! My Captain!

Five years ago today you could find me in the quaint little village of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. I put on a pretty white dress and pretty sandals with seashells, both bought for this particular day. I put flowers in …

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Shark Diving in Bimini Bahamas

Photo Credit: Grant Johnson.

The slit mouth yawns open. Upper and lower jaws unhinge and the gums peel back over the jaw bone. Rows of pearl-white triangular teeth appear in jagged semi-circular rows. The muscular body flexes, accelerating the shark faster than you thought …

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All Eyes on the Bahamas Billfish Championship

Blue marlin comes to the Blue Sky during the 2013 BBC competition. Credit: Greg Smith

After completing its 40th season of competitive billfishing in 2013, the Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) continues to evolve. The 2014 series will consist of four tournaments equally spread across the months of May and June, with each event focusing on …

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How to Throw a DOCK PARTY

Photo by Vicki Lathom and Fran Carlson

If you believe dock party provisioning means loading up your cooler with beer and deli meats, listen up! Living the cruising lifestyle means new friends at every port and many opportunities to celebrate those new friendships over shared meals or …

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NEWS: Blue Haven Marina Opens in Turks & Caicos

Blue Haven Opens in Turks & Caicos If you’re the type who enjoys world-class diving, deep-sea fishing, bone fishing, kite boarding, eco-kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or just cruising amid crystalline waters and uninhabited cays, look no further than Blue Haven …

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Good Seamanship

Topaz at C1500 Start. Teresa Carey

I’m going to kick this column off with a story I’ve been involved with over the past three weeks. My wife Mia and I have been running the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) Caribbean 1500 rally now for a few …

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New Seaplane Service to the Abacos

Fort Lauderdale-based Tropic Ocean Airways today confirmed its inaugural two-day-a-week scheduled seaplane service to Hope Town, Great Abaco

Fort Lauderdale-based Tropic Ocean Airways today confirmed its inaugural two-day-a-week scheduled seaplane service to Hope Town, Great Abaco will begin on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th. Tropic Ocean Airways, which re-instituted regular seaplane service to the Bahamas in 2011, is …

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The Otherworldly Lionfish

In the late 1990s research divers began observing an Indo-pacific species of lionfish near shipwrecks off the Carolina coast. Darryl and Trish Boyer saw a lionfish on the stern section of the wreck of the Naeco, 40 miles offshore. The …

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The Marina at Emerald Bay Echo – December 2013

THE 130-FOOT LUXURY MOTOR YACHT “ARIOSA” featuring five staterooms and offering charter in the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean, was a recent visitor to the Marina at Emerald Bay. The marina offers berthing on Bellingham floating docks to vessels up to 260 feet and with drafts of 14 feet or less. (Photo courtesy of Susan Wyatt)

FUELING SYSTEM UPGRADES COMPLETED- Renovations to our complete fuel storage system have been completed and our clients can be assured of having the cleanest possible marine fuels available. Contaminants in fuel tanks, including water, sediment and various fungus can play …

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Intermarine Escapade: Rally to the Bahamas

Image Courtesy of InterMarine

South Florida’s InterMarine Escapades Boat Rally through the Bahamas was a huge success. With stops through Bimini, Great Exuma, the Exuma Cays and Nassau over 100 boaters and roughly 20 boats visited many many marinas before heading back to Florida. …

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The Marina at Emerald Bay Echo – October 2013

BELLINGHAM FLOATING DOCKS make life easy at Emerald Bay Marina. Wide aluminum ramps make docks easily accessible (even with golf carts) and adjust automatically to tidal fluctuations of two to four feet. (Photo courtesy of Susan Wyatt)

GET QUALIFIED AT OUR MARINA DIVE CENTRE – Emerald Bay Marina offers diving lessons at 9 a.m. every day except Sunday. According to Dive Master/Manager Lennox Trusty, the course includes a 20 minute video plus a lecture by the dive …

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Marina at Emerald Bay Echo – September 2013

SUPERYACHT ”BOARDWALK”, a recent Emerald Bay Marina visitor, is the 7th hull in Westport Yacht’s 164 flagship yacht series, and is a composite yacht of 49.98 metres in length (164 ft). Boardwalk is a tri-deck superyacht which can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins. Boardwalk is powered by Twin MTU 16V4000 diesel engines which drive her to an impressive mid 20 knot top speed. The luxury yacht is named after the popular Kemah, Texas, amusement complex on Houston's Clear Lake. (Photo compliments of Susan Wyatt)

HAVE WE GOT AMENITIES? BUT OF COURSE!– When it comes to amenities, Emerald Bay Marina stands out with a long list ranging from the very tiny (video lending library) to the massive (18-hole Par-72 Greg Norman designed golf course), but …

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Cowpoke Wins Bahamas Billfish Championship

Cruiser Crews (third left), owner of Cowpoke, 61-Viking and winner of the 40th Bahamas Billfish Championship. Photo courtesy of the Bahamas Billfish Championship

Fishing all four tournaments of the 40th Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) proved a charm for Avon Park, Florida-based Cruiser Crews, owner/angler of the 61-Viking, Cowpoke, and his champion team. Though Crews and his wife Christy have fished one of the …

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Remembering the First Crossing

Cat Cay

The NOAA weather forecast indicated that a cold front approaching South Florida was weakening and a weather window for crossing the Gulf Stream might slide open. Being an optimist, the next morning I paid our bill at the Dinner Key …

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Marina at Emerald Bay Echo – June 2013

    GET YOUR PARTS DUTY,TAX FREE- Heading our way? Need to have some spares sent to you? Listen up and save yourself a lot of delay, grief and expense. If you are legitimately a foreign yacht in transit visiting …

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