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George Town - New Years Bonfire on the Beach. A perfect night for a New Year's Eve bonfire on Stocking Island.

parliamentary system, you feel pretty comfortable with how
things operate here. English is the language spoken by everyone
with a delightful island lilt.
The standard of living is good in the Bahamas with tourism
being its top industry, so we've always been treated well, not
with the desperation and aggressiveness we find in some of the
Caribbean islands further south. The proximity of the Bahamas
to the US mainland means that if you need spare parts shipped
in for your boat, it's not difficult to arrange, although for items
not related to the propulsion of your boat the duty charges can
be high.
In fact, costs are high in general in the Bahamas since just
about everything has to be shipped in and due to the government's decision that the citizens of the Bahamas pay no taxes on
personal income, inheritance, gifts, or capital gains but instead,
derive revenue from other forms of tax, including value-added
tax (VAT) on goods sold, property taxes, stamp taxes, import
duties and license fees. The Bahamas is an international centre
for banking activities that attract foreign financial institutions
because of its reputation for stability. This is reassuring.
The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the US dollar, so the
exchange rate is reliable and US dollars are accepted everywhere
although change is always given in Bahamian dollars. You can
ask for change in US dollars so that you can then exchange it easily when you return home. You'll need lots of cash when you're
sailing in the Bahamas Out Islands where the cruising is exceptional. Credit and debit cards are not always accepted except in
larger centres and if they are, a charge of 2-3 % is added. Many
businesses operate in the small communities on a cash-only basis
however, there are not a lot of places to spend your money when
cruising here since the attraction for sailors is the wild natural

Nassau - DS III at the dock, Atlantis Marina Village. The Shards'
Southerly 480, Distant Shores III, at the dock at Atlantis Marina Village
and Resort.

beauty of the Out and Far Out Islands. If you run low on cash
out there, it could be a one-two day sail to a port where there is
a bank or ATM and on many occasions, we've found them to
be out of order. Check the cruising guides listed in the side bar
for locations.
From West End, we made a 2 day hop to the Berry Islands
where we wanted to revisit an inland blue hole and go for a
swim. The blue hole is connected to the sea and is saltwater and
tidal. The last time we'd visited was 30 years ago and we found
it unchanged.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting December 2020

AT THE HELM: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
BOOK REVIEW: GREEN GHOST, BLUE OCEAN
SPECIAL FEATURE: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
TRAVEL DESTINATION: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN PART II
SAIL REVIEW: JEANNEAU YACHTS 60
POWER REVIEW: CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS
THE PORT HOLE: DECEMBER 2020
ELECTRONICS: THE LATEST IN NEW MARINE ELECTRONICS
DESTINATION: TRENT-SEVERN: THE GREAT CANADIAN WATERWAY
CROSSING THE LINE: THE DOCKMASTER’S NOTEBOOK
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 3
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - AT THE HELM: A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: GREEN GHOST, BLUE OCEAN
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - 15
Canadian Yachting December 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN PART II
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: JEANNEAU YACHTS 60
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - POWER REVIEW: CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: DECEMBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - ELECTRONICS: THE LATEST IN NEW MARINE ELECTRONICS
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - DESTINATION: TRENT-SEVERN: THE GREAT CANADIAN WATERWAY
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Canadian Yachting December 2020 - CROSSING THE LINE: THE DOCKMASTER’S NOTEBOOK
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