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 the Bahamas, you definitely qualify to get your genuine marine parts and goods both duty and tax free. Here’s the best way to get them from your supplier to us: First use FedEx, because all shipments transit via Nassau where customs passes on goods for duty and tax free end users. Be sure your shipment is clearly marked “Marine Spares for Foreign Yacht (Name) in Transit” c/o The Marina at Emerald Bay, Queen’s Highway North, Great Exuma, Bahamas. Yes, we don’t have zip codes here! Show our phone number 1-242-336-6100 to notify on arrival. We will even pick up the shipment at the airport and have it waiting for you on arrival.
‘SOON COME’ DEPARTMENT- Work is commencing on several enhancements to our marina including a new fitness centre, convenience store, plus a playground for the kiddies. All are expected to be up and operating by the start of the 2014 season or by December, 2013. The fitness centre (gymnasium) will be constructed in the area immediately adjacent to the guest showers facility and will include at least six exercise appliances, plus a large flat screen TV. The convenience store will include basic grocery provisions, pharmacy items, wearables and a variety of miscellaneous goods. It will be located immediately adjacent to the marina manager’s office. The new playground will be located adjacent to the former Wahoo’s Restaurant.
OUR BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE- We are pleased to announce that The Marina at Emerald Bay will be among the leading marine companies sponsoring the Captain’s Hideout during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, at the Bahia Mar Hotel immediately adjacent to the main exhibition grounds. The “Hideout”, organized by Dockwalk Magazine, is a break area for captains and crew participating in what is billed as the “World’s Largest Boat Show.” Free breakfast and hot lunch is served, complimentary t-shirts plus other items are given and the captains and crews have an opportunity for direct discussion with leading players in the industry. Dec. 6-12 we will be at the big annual Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting at English Harbour, Antigua, where top charter yachts of the Caribbean are on display for viewing by charter agents from around the world. This is also an opportunity for yacht captains to learn more about locations they may be visiting during the upcoming charter season. In February, 2014, we will also be exhibiting at the Miami International Boat Show on Miami Beach.
OUR GOLF COURSE GETS TOP CARIBBEAN RATING- While we are likely the only marina we know of in the West Indies to have our own golf course, we could probably beat our chest and do all sorts of ranting and raving about how great it is. But, we don’t have to, Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club has been listed as one of the top rated courses among all the links in the region by serious rating authorities including Travel and Leisure Magazine. The front nine holes wind through a mix of seaside dunes and scenic mangroves while the back nine play along the rocky peninsula of Emerald Bay. A worthy challenge for even the most avid golfers, this course provides a new experience for golfers each time they play. And, don’t forget our marina guests pay a reduced rate of only 85 bucks a round and we include a complimentary golf cart to boot! Whenever you can get mentioned in the same sentence with “Teeth of the Dog” over in the DR or Barbados’ “Green Monkey”, you know you’ve got a winner!
BAREBOAT, CREWED, CHARTERS AVAILABLE- We are privileged to play host to the Canadian-based charter company, Navtours, Inc. The company offers both round-trip and one-way charters from it’s Nassau base at Yacht Haven Marina, and also from Emerald Bay on Great Exuma; thus not requiring the charter party to back track which allows them to see a lot more of the Bahamas. Their extensive fleet offers both monohulls and catamarans in a wide variety of popular sizes up to 51 feet. For the unskilled in the fine art of sailing, Navtours offers full instruction. For complete details, check out their website: www.navtours.com The firm also offers charters on Lake Champlain which borders both Canada and the USA.
‘TIME’S A CHANGING, REARRANGING- In response to changing habits in the way we seek and search out info on the web, we are completely overhauling our website to make it as user friendly as possible for mobile device users. Our web master, Mario Kuntz, tells us that more than 65 per cent of those seeking data on line now do so using smart phones. As a result, what was once viewed mostly on a PC or laptop does not always convert readily to the mobile device. Our new look is expected to be up and running in early June. (And we don’t mean in 2014!) Look for www.marinaemeraldbay.com
‘BLUE MONDAY’ PARTY IS EVERY WEEK- “Blue Monday” is celebrated here every Monday night from 5:30 p.m. with some zesty rum punch plus finger food. Hosted by Manager Dale Westin and the marina team, it’s a good opportunity to meet other sailors from around the world plus get the latest information about places where you may be heading next.
MARINA GUESTS GET SPECIAL SANDALS RESORT PRIVILEGES- As part of Sandals Resorts International, guests of Emerald Bay Marina can take advantage of many adjacent amenities at the luxury all-inclusive Sandals Emerald Bay Resort including receiving day or evening passes at reduced rates. In addition, marina guests can also make use of the resort’s fabulous Red Lane Spa®; be it for a workout in their gym, new hairdo, massage or a total makeover. And…of course we’ll also shuttle you over and back! For complete details, check the notice board in our office or check with Telicia, our office manager.
CAP’N DALE’S TALES: Since my intro to the West Indies in 1979, it has been my privilege to manage some of the most fabulous facilities in the region. My introduction came in Antigua where I rapidly earned the title of being a “just come”. I soon learned that I would always carry that moniker even if I was there 100 years since I didn’t have that coveted island degree oft referred to as a “MBH” or in other words: “Me Born Here”. I quickly learned I had to adjust my expectations to the unhurried pace of the “Windies”. I distinctly remember a Brit visitor asking a local if he knew a word in island patois that meant something like “mañana”? The local gave the query considerable thought and then replied: “I don’t believe we have any word to express such a great degree of urgency!” Although sailing covers the entire world, it sometimes seems like a small community. There are many means of communication to get your word around such as television, telephone, but nothing beats “tel-a-cruiser “ for getting the word around. We know good reviews of a marina travel fast and bad reviews travel even faster. That’s why our team here at Emerald Bay will bend over backwards or walk that extra mile to insure every guest’s stay with us is as positive as we can possibly make it!
Redefining what’s In among the “Out” islands
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