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4: Exuma Islands - Dolphin. There is abundant marine life in
the Bahamas including dolphins. This friendly lady makes regular appearances in the anchorages of Elizabeth Harbour in
George Town, Exuma, and plays with swimmers in the water.
5: Exuma Islands - Afternoon cocktails, Sangria.
A great way to relax in the afternoon is with cold drinks in the
cockpit with a backdrop of turquoise seas.
Photo by Paul Shard

6: Exuma Islands - Pig Beach. Less commonly seen are
aquatic pigs! However at Big Major Spot near Staniel Cay,
Exuma, native pigs come out into the water for handouts
from cruisers in the anchorage. The island started out as a
natural corral for the locals' livestock but "Pig Beach" has now
become a popular tourist attraction. This unique experience is
not to be missed!
Photo by Sheryl Shard

7: Exuma Islands - Paul goes for a run on Stocking Island
Beach. It is possible to have beautiful white sand beaches all
to yourself when you start exploring the out islands of the
Bahamas aboard a boat.
8: Exuma Islands - Steamed lobster dinner aboard Distant
Shores II. Steam fresh-caught lobster tails in boiling saltwater
for a few minutes until the meat becomes opaque and the
shells reddish. Lobster season in the Bahamas is August 1 March 31 so if you like snorkeling and enjoy lobster tail dinners, get yourself a hand spear (you are not allowed to catch
them using a speargun), practice your breath-holding (you
are restricted from catching them using scuba tanks) and
learn how to catch a "bug" or "crawfish" as the locals call
them. They are also readily available from local fishers.
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The Bahamas is a great destination for new cruising sailors,
especially Canadians from the Great Lakes and Maritime
Provinces as well as the Northern States of the USA, since if
you're making the trip down on your own boat rather than chartering, you can do daysails almost the whole way getting there.
There are over 700 small islands and cays, mostly uninhabited, in the Bahamas with numerous island groups so you can
spend many seasons there exploring new places each year. The
whole area of the Bahamas equals almost the same area as the
Eastern Caribbean islands. The economy is pretty good, the
people in the out island settlements where the sailing and natural beauty is best, are friendly and relaxed, there are so many
anchorages you rarely have to go into a marina which keeps
costs low and the water clarity and colour is still the most beautiful we have ever seen.
The name "Bahamas" is derived from the Spanish term for
shallow seas, "Baha Mar", so you do have to be careful with your
navigation, especially if your boat draws over 6 feet. Don't worry.
There is lots of deep water but depending on your boat's draft
you may have to avoid some places. There are many reefs to be
wary of but the water clarity is so good you can generally see the
reef patches clearly if you keep a good lookout and watch your
charts and depthfinder carefully.
The best island groups for chartering are the Abacos and the
Exumas. The Exuma Islands remain our favourite since they are
further south so don't experience as many "northers" (cold
fronts) in the winter months as the Abaco Islands so if you only
have a short time to charter you have a better chance of good
weather in the Exumas, however there are more options for
chartering in the Abacos and we have always had great experiences there.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2017

Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
The Port Hole
Charter Destination: Antigua; A Beam Reach for Paradise
Sail Review: Elan GT5
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Crossing The Line: Boatonomics for 2018
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
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