Discover the true Bahamas, cruising in the Exumas

The weather down here has been picture perfect the last few weeks. With the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show kick starting the buying (looking) frenzy we wanted to remind you that boat shopping can be fun, but BOATING is way more fun. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHNgMN_Jwvc[/youtube] The time you spend looking for the better deal is the time you lost…and unlike money, time is something you can never get back. Cruising tips to the Bahamas, specifically the Exumas a paradise for boaters A tropical paradise lies at our fingertips, The Bahamas are attainable for any southern boater and present the perfect getaway for everyone to partake in. For those wishing to escape the typical tourist trap, The Exumas offer a place for people to hideaway, leave the noise of the modern world behind, and live a life of simplicity. The perfect yachting adventure awaits you, with glistening white sandy beaches and excellent underwater reefs, this untouched land truly gives one a break from reality. How to get there: Once you have acquired the necessary permits and documentation, many may wonder, how do you get there? What is the best route to take? What stops should I make along the way? Brant a seasoned boater, shares his experience after taking annual trips to the Exumas on a 62′ Pilothouse. He suggests that when making preparations, travelers should first focus on crossing the Gulf Stream and look for certain weather aspects. A great guide to use for this purpose is called, The Abaco Guide which offers more detailed information on the subject. Brant describes his course when traveling to the Bahamas from Florida “…She crosses from Fort Pierce to Spanish Cay where we clear customs. We could go from Daytona direct but it would make for a very long day and the trip would be way out in the Atlantic and require a daylight departure with no room for delays if you do not want to run at night. Leaving from Ft. Pierce has us enter the Bahamas Bank at a point known as White Sand Ridge and then angle a little south for the top of Great Sale Cay. Great Sale is the first land you see after leaving Florida. We have anchored there several times coming and going.” If you are looking to make the Exumas your final destination, there will be some places you will probably like to stop along the way in order to gather some general provisions. Many boaters like to stop in Nassau either for clearing customs or just to get the essentials as they get further and further from the mainland. Brant takes his 68′ pilothouse down to Marsh Harbour where they dock at Harbour View Marina at the center of town. “Marsh Harbour has everything anyone needs including an airport” Brant explains, while also mentioning that they often stop at Wally’s Restaurant across from Harbor View and sometimes rent a 28′ center console and motor around the rest of the Abaco chain before continuing down to their destination. Very important items that everyone must have are navigational charts, you should probably purchase several including Explorer and Exuma guides. Brant uses the C-map system chips in his chart plotter rather than using the old-fashioned paper chart and finds them to be a very good substitute. He still insists that one really needs to read the books on the Exuma chain to have confidence in moving around. He explains that this trip can...




NISI Yacht: Ward Setzer & Tricon Marine Set A New Bar on a 24m project

New Project Under Construction at Tricon Marine: What you need to know: NISI 2400 (78 feet – length over all) is the first, and, currently, only yacht under 24-meters that is available classed to RINA + MCA commercial service code (Read “Superyacht grade engineering and materials”). With the Zeus pods propulsion set up, she comfortably accommodates up to 8 guests in four en-suite cabins plus separate crew quarters. Ward Setzer pedigree, built to the highest standards and dripping with sex appeal, meet NISI. Standard Specifications: LOA: 78′ (23.6m) Beam: 19′ 10″ (6.04m) Draft: 3.6′ (1.12m) Displacement: 80,000lb (36.6 ton) dry Fuel: 1,409 gallons (5,334L) Fresh Water: 338 gallons (1,272L) Top Speed: 28 knots larger engine option 33 knots est. High-Speed Cruise: 25kt Range: 1,500nm @ 9kt passage making speeds Performance with Propulsion: 1,800hp – 3,000hp options Classification: RINA Charter + MCA Commercial (MGN 280) Introduction: NISI represents a unique balance of excitement, elegance and versatility. She’s as comfortable hosting a black-tie cocktail party in the New York Harbour as she is island hoping in the Exhumas. With speeds exceeding 25kts and the economy of a long range vessel, NISI aims to fulfill the need for a refined and modern take on the elegant commuter yacht with the ability to comfortably support longer stays. As expected from a Ward Setzer design, exterior elements are highlighted by NISI. Fore and aft deck seating are complemented by South Beach style sun decks and a beautifully designed lanai offering al fresco dining that is at once intimate and expansive. The flybridge follows the same form with ample seating and clean lines. Further integrating the open feel, the salon’s aft windows open to invite the lanai virtually joining the two for a superb entertaining experience. A custom and unique moonroof arrangement above the lower helm and large frameless windows surrounding the main deck solidify NISI’s commitment to connect its guests with the ever changing landscape. The lower deck accommodations benefit from the Zeus pod drives giving the 2200 a desirable 4 stateroom layout, all ensuite with a king, two queen and side by side berth configuration. The master stateroom is located mid-ship for added comfort, but the bow VIP can serve as a second master. The latter one benefits from advances sound dampening material that will significantly reduce the typical bow wave noise. Aft of the master stateroom and accessible via a separate stairwell lies a crew stateroom for two; ideal for this size vessel. Also at the stern is a tender garage, machinery spacing and storage areas. Construction: The NISI 2400 is the first and only yacht under 24 meters to be built to RINA Charter Class + MCA Commercial (MGN280) certification. The result is a long list of demands that far exceed the quality of the engineering and construction materials of her peers. Simply stated, don’t try to compare her, there literally is no comparison. Her entire water, fuel, fire-fighting, emergency bilge, hydraulic, and other systems are fitted entirely with metal plumbing. Her engine room is encased with fire-retardent insulation. Salon and other floors are floated with added acoustic insulation, as are all stateroom bulkheads. The entire interior forward section of the hull along her chines and waterline is sprayed with advanced sound deadening material that is only 2mm thick, and further reduces waterslap noise for guests while underway or at anchor. The core belief at Tricon is that if you do...