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					The treasure of the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas is the country of nearly
700 islands, a stunning combination of magnificent reefs, and man-made
miracles. The Gulf Stream is responsible for an astonishing variety of
marine life. The Bahamas enjoys an international reputation for sailing,
regattas, and races. The best season for a Bahamas sailing vacation is
from November to March, but the peak period is from the middle of
December to the middle of January. Bahamas sailing vacations are very
different from regular beach vacations. bahamas sailboat Exciting sailing
activities are arranged by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism during the peak
period. The diverse underwater parks offer inexhaustible challenges to
snorkelers and divers. Long stretches of shoreline show the world's most
stunning unsullied beaches. The inland gardens and National Parks house
rare and endangered species of wildlife. Regardless of age, one can enjoy
Bahamas sailing vacations with friends, family, or all alone. Luxurious to
economic sailing options are available in the Bahamas. Depending on the
budget, one can opt from a variety of charters, ferries, and yachts.
Bahamas sailing vacations can be planned for half a day to eight days.
Morning, afternoon, evening, and overnight, as well as all-day sails are
available. Many charters in the Bahamas provide a sailboat, catamaran, or
motor yacht for rent or lease. The Caribbean Sea is known for ecotourism,
and a voyage through the warm, transparent blue waters will be
memorable. Throughout the trip, tourists get the opportunity to explore
cays, hidden coves, and the extensive of marine life. Abacos,
Acklins/Crooked Island, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island,
Eleuthera/Harbour Island, Exumas, Grand Bahama Island, Inagua, Long
Island, Mayaguana, Nassau/Paradise Island, and San Salvador are ideal
locations for Bahamas sailing vacations. Numerous tour agents and sailing
organizations provide assistance in booking Bahamas sailing vacations
with all-inclusive packages. A few online vacation sites and sailing
associations in the Bahamas can also provide adequate information.

The Bahamian Moor, is not some kind of Arab living it up joyfully in the

It is a method of securing your boat by laying to 2 anchors, in such a way
that your swinging circle is dramatically reduced. Technically this is called
mooring. It is extremely useful if you are anchored in narrow tidal gutways,
as it lessens the chance of you being deposited on the mud as the tide
turns and your boat swings while at anchor. The manoeuvre is commenced
by dropping one anchor in the usual manner. The boat is nudged forward
into the tide, the anchor is let go, and the boat falls back, driven by the tide.
The usual amount of scope is let out and the anchor allowed to bite in the
normal way. Further scope is then paid out and the boat allowed to fall
much further back than usual from her first anchor. The amount of extra
scope paid out needs to match the amount of scope the second anchor you
are deploying will require. For example, bahamas sailboat the maximum
depth of water you expect to encounter is 5 m... you drop your main anchor
with chain and let out 15 m (3*5).... at this point you dig in your main
anchor. The second anchor you are using has 3 m of chain followed by
rope. Therefore this will need a minimum of 25 m scope (5*5). You pay out
at least another 25 m of chain, (maybe more), and let the boat settle back
on this. Next you deploy your second anchor (Best flung as far as possible
from the stern of the boat), and start winding in on your main anchor.
Alternatively you can motor forward slowly pulling in your main anchor
chain as you go, and releasing warp for your second anchor at the same
time (being very careful not to get it fouled around your propellor). The
warp for the second anchor can be deployed from the cockpit if required.

If you keep some tension on the warp for the second anchor as you move
forwards (into the tide) it will eventually dig in and set.

Once you are certain both anchors have dug in, it is a matter of centralising
yourself up between the two, remembering to leave extra scope for the
anchor with the rope, and less scope required for the all chain anchor.It is
normal to have both anchors secured at the bows, so the boat can turn to
face whatever forces are acting on it. When the tide turns you will lay to
anchor number two, and when it turns again to anchor number one. Your
swinging circle is limited by how tightly you have pulled up the scopes of
your two anchors. The more slack you allow the larger the circle. On the
other hand at high water there must always be some slack allowed, thus at
low water there will be somewhat more slack. When it's time to go the
anchor doing the work is always the last to be retrieved. More scope is paid
out on this working anchor until the non working anchor can be retrieved.
The working anchor is recovered in the usual fashion.

Uses for the Bahamian Moor: Anchoring in narrow tidal gutways, where you
need to keep centralised to remain afloat. A good example is maybe within
Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight. Anchoring in very tight crowded conditions,
where there is not enough room to swing properly... for example near
moorings.Certain boats have a bad habit of sailing around at anchor, trying
to tug themselves out, first on one tack and then on the other. The
Bahamian Moor soon tames these naughty little puppies.... whichever way
they tug they can't go far and are bahamas sailboat just digging your
anchors in deeper. One of the greatest advantages is that the strain on the
anchors never changes by more than 90 degrees or so, thus one of the
greatest problems connected with anchoring is eliminated.... that dodgy
time where the strain on the anchor changes 180 degrees and it can often
be ripped out and have to reset itself (hopefully).Problems with the
Bahamian Moor:More trouble to set up than simply anchoring. When the
tide turns and the boat swings, the two anchor rodes always twist up
together. This need to constantly be kept on top of or you will end up with
a complete tangle.Others come and anchor too close, not realising you only
have a very small swinging circle. If you're on board this can often be
remedied by paying out more scope on one or other of the anchors.

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