Abacos Chartering Tips

Map of the AbacosGetting There:

Several airlines fly direct from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach, Florida, airports to Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. Once there, taxis seem to be $12.50 pretty much anywhere you want to go.  

Cost:

The season is the key, with the most expensive times falling during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays and into April. The low seasons are the warmer summer months from May to October. Our six-day Moorings charter in August for the 393PC was $4,560. You should consider Yacht Security Insurance at $66 a day (for peace of mind and a greatly reduced deductible) and our fuel cost for the week was about $230. If you want to tie up in a marina rather than anchoring, expect to pay about $1 per foot per night plus electricity and water.

What to Bring:

Everyone takes too much, so pare down. In a soft-sided, easy-to-stow duffel, pack a couple of swimsuits (so one can be drying), T-shirts, deck shoes, and a light jacket for cool days in the off-season. Reef runners are useful foot protection around the water and on coral. In the Abacos, you’ll live in a swimsuit, but bring a nice shirt and shorts if you want to dine ashore. You’ll need a good hat, polarized sunglasses to see into the water, and strong sunblock to prevent burns. Take cameras, a good book, and some tunes for relaxing. Don’t forget a canvas tote to carry cameras or gear ashore. 

Provisioning:

If you don’t want the charter company to provision for you, take a taxi to Maxwell’s Grocery, a U.S.-style supermarket in Marsh Harbour.

The Moorings:

Three powercat sizes are in their Abacos fleet: the older, two-stateroom 372PC, our 393PC with three cabins, and the 474PC with four en suite staterooms. 888-952-8603; www.moorings.com

Read about a bareboat charter in the Abacos here

This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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