Anchoring in Nassau Harbour, Channel between Paradise Island

We are getting pretty comfortable with anchoring out for extended periods and not heading to a dock as often as we use to. This is saving us quite a bit of money on docking, which in the Bahamas can cost anywhere from $2 to $4 per foot. In fact we have not been at a dock now since we left our mooring ball in Georgetown, over a week ago. Now in Nassau where docking is $4 per foot, for a boat our size $160 per night. We decided to anchor in the channel between Nassau and Paradise Island. It is actually not a bad place to anchor, from here we can take our dinghy to near by restaurants with wifi, and the mainland for provisioning. You just need to make sure your anchor is dug in and you have the anchor rode scope right for proper holding, but not too long, be aware of your swing in relation to other boats that are anchored near by. The trickiest part is that approximately every 6 hours the tide changes, and there is a current in the channel at this time, your boat will change swing based on the current, and then if there is counter wind that is differing from the current, the boat will float strangely in what seems like a random pattern. This is when you may collide with other boats, if you anchor too closely. Also when the tide changes, you want to make sure your anchor re-sets. The last time we anchored in this channel, I remember waking up in the middle of the night, witnessing a boat, floating right through the anchorage bumping off of many boats. He was the victim of an anchor that did not reset!

What is the best Anchor? And Used Anchor for Sale! We managed to do ok with our 35lb Delta, and large fortress Danforth as our secondary. But for our next trip down to the Bahamas, we have just purchased what I consider to be the best anchor out there. It is a Ultra, have a look at this link for more information on the Ultra Anchor. With all the controversy between the Rocna and Manson anchors, I did a lot of research and testing, and settled on this anchor. The delta 35lb fully stainless steel anchor I had is still very good, and new is worth almost $2,000 because it is made of Stainless Steel.  This Delta is now for sale, I am offering it for $600 and will include free shipping anywhere in North America. It is still in almost new condition, beautiful piece of jewellery on your bow. Great for any boat between 30 to 40 feet in length.

We managed to survive over a week with the 400 litres (Approx. 80 gallons) of water the boat can hold. Our family of 4 is accustomed to showering each night, and consume a fair bit of water. We bath in the salt water, rinse off at the swim platform with the shower head. For washing dishes, we draw a couple of buckets of salt water, wash the dishes in the sink with the salt water, then just rinse them with fresh water. This allows us to survive a couple weeks on the water we can carry. In any case its a long ride to Florida, so we filled the water and fuel tanks, and stocked up on some food and drinks. Spent a couple of nights here in Nassau, and then we were on our way.

Below are some pics of the Harbour, Channel, Main Land, Cruise Terminal and Atlantis in the background.


s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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