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Bahamas: Cruising Boat Harassment

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 25, 2012 11:26 AM

Published: 2012-06-25 11:26:20
Countries: Bahamas

Chuck Baier (of Waterway Guides) has contacted noonsite concerned over reports he has received of cruisers being harassed in the Abacos by the Bahamas Defense Force boats.

  • Some cruisers reported that they were forced to go to back to West End from Mangrove Cay to check in instead of being allowed to check in at Green Turtle.
  • Another cruiser reports they received a warning shot while in their dinghy and were harassed because they did not have their cruising permit in the dinghy with them.
  • He has also received reports of Customs adding additional fees to clear in.

These are very disturbing reports and need some clarification. Has anyone else had any issues in the Abacos or anywhere else in the Bahamas?

The Abacos Cruisers Net is asking for anyone with first hand information regarding any such incidents to contact them so they can gather the facts. The net meets every morning at 08:15 on VHF Channel 68 and is based out of Marsh Harbor.

Our thanks to Chuck for passing on this information.