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Old 03-23-2020, 09:00 PM   #1
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Bahamas Locked Down. No one else in.

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Old 03-23-2020, 10:28 PM   #2
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Now that's a pre-emptive strike and may be very smart. They've had 4 cases reported, no deaths. South Florida has 630 cases and lockdown. US 46,145 with 10,168 yesterday. US 582 deaths with 140 yesterday. Probably a wise move by the Bahamas with people thinking of coming there.
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A good move IMHO. We’re in Great Harbour in Berry’s at a friends dock. They were scheduled to fly back to the US on Friday. I guess they’re not leaving. We came prepared to stay until May or ....?

We heard that 4 recreational boats from the US checked into Bimini last night. Hopefully they’ll stay there.
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Old 03-24-2020, 08:26 AM   #4
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I just can't believe it took them this long to come to that very sensible conclusion.
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One of the grocery stores in Bullocks Harbour won’t allow anymore than 5 people in the store at one time. All the restaurants (the few there are) are closed and that was this weekend. My observation is the Bahamians are following the guidance.
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A good move IMHO. We’re in Great Harbour in Berry’s at a friends dock. They were scheduled to fly back to the US on Friday. I guess they’re not leaving. We came prepared to stay until May or ....?



We heard that 4 recreational boats from the US checked into Bimini last night. Hopefully they’ll stay there.

Send some pics to us poor folks in self-isolation !
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We cleared customs/immigration last week in Great Harbor. Now anchored on the east side of the Berry’s behind Soldier Cay. Very calm weather due to a cold front north of the Bahamas dampening the normal 15 kn east winds. Crystal clear water, great snorkeling, a reef shark circling the boat and fresh lobster for dinner.
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Where is Soldier in relation to Cabbage where we usually overnight?
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Soldier Cay is the first anchorage heading south, about 7 miles north of Cabbage. Not the best protection from east swell or anything but east wind. Currently very nice since weather should be calm for several days.
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Soldier Cay is the first anchorage heading south, about 7 miles north of Cabbage. Not the best protection from east swell or anything but east wind. Currently very nice since weather should be calm for several days.
Got it. Where next? Through Porgee and down to Exuma?
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Damn those are some big lobster!
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Pictures to follow, really.

The Bahamians are taking it seriously. A Tropic Air flight from Fort Lauderdale to GHC arrived this morning. They’re allowed to fly in since they fly mixed planes (cargo/passenger). Well there happened to be 5 passengers on the plane from Florida. They never got off the plane. They were turned away for a trip back to FL. Why Tropic Air let them on the plane to begin with is questionable other than maybe the passengers said we’ll pay and take the chance?

Good for the Bahamian Customs!
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...and fresh lobster for dinner.
Nice bugs!
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Got it. Where next? Through Porgee and down to Exuma?

Not sure yet. Will stay in Berry’s for a while. Plan was for Eleuthera, then middle Exumas before returning to US. Now thinking we would go to Exumas first until cold fronts start to taper off.
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Not sure yet. Will stay in Berry’s for a while. Plan was for Eleuthera, then middle Exumas before returning to US. Now thinking we would go to Exumas first until cold fronts start to taper off.
So your thought is that they are going to let you travel all over the Bahamas like nothing has happened?

I wouldn't be counting on that.
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...are going to let you travel all over the Bahamas...
Hadn’t considered that but we aren’t moving around our selves. They have stopped inter island transport of people on the supply boats.
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So your thought is that they are going to let you travel all over the Bahamas like nothing has happened?

I wouldn't be counting on that.
Just as other cruisers in the Bahamas, we are not planning to travel ‘like nothing has happened’, rather will strictly follow Bahamian guidelines and mandates.

We have been cruising for 6 weeks, cleared Bahamian customs/immigration 10 days ago and have been at anchor since. Currently at least a mile from 4 other US and Canadian boats. Sufficient for ‘social distancing’? We have fuel, food, water and supplies for 60-90 days, including what’s necessary to return to the US, and do not intend to be a burden.

The Bahamas consist of 100’s of small islands/cays, most uninhabited and separated by lots of water. Easy to be as anti-social as you wish.

The Bahamians are concerned with minimizing social contact and the devastating loss off tourism. We are meeting the first concern and helping a little with the second.
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Just as other cruisers in the Bahamas, we are not planning to travel ‘like nothing has happened’, rather will strictly follow Bahamian guidelines and mandates.

We have been cruising for 6 weeks, cleared Bahamian customs/immigration 10 days ago and have been at anchor since. Currently at least a mile from 4 other US and Canadian boats. Sufficient for ‘social distancing’? We have fuel, food, water and supplies for 60-90 days, including what’s necessary to return to the US, and do not intend to be a burden.

The Bahamas consist of 100’s of small islands/cays, most uninhabited and separated by lots of water. Easy to be as anti-social as you wish.

The Bahamians are concerned with minimizing social contact and the devastating loss off tourism. We are meeting the first concern and helping a little with the second.
Agreed. There happens to be over 360 islands in the Exumas alone with only a couple of dozen inhabited.

Go enjoy yourself so long as you are self sufficient!
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Just as other cruisers in the Bahamas, we are not planning to travel ‘like nothing has happened’, rather will strictly follow Bahamian guidelines and mandates.

We have been cruising for 6 weeks, cleared Bahamian customs/immigration 10 days ago and have been at anchor since. Currently at least a mile from 4 other US and Canadian boats. Sufficient for ‘social distancing’? We have fuel, food, water and supplies for 60-90 days, including what’s necessary to return to the US, and do not intend to be a burden.

The Bahamas consist of 100’s of small islands/cays, most uninhabited and separated by lots of water. Easy to be as anti-social as you wish.

The Bahamians are concerned with minimizing social contact and the devastating loss off tourism. We are meeting the first concern and helping a little with the second.
No sense in letting a pandemic interfere with your vacation plans.
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