Get Ready to Cruise the Bahamas!

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Get Ready to Cruise the Bahamas covers 30 topics you need to know about for a great time in the Bahamas, all collected in one place to make it easy for you to prepare for your trip.

All material (except the photo album) is written. Checklists and downloads are included, as are links for items you need to sign up for or buy.

  • Introduction
    • Bahamas Photo Album
    • 15 Things to Know About Cruising the Bahamas
    • Ciguatera
  • Legalities
    • Pre-Departure Checklist
    • Insurance
    • Getting a Bahamas Pet Permit
    • The Q Flag
    • Checking In
    • Money
    • CBP ROAM App
  • Crossing the Gulf Stream, Charts & Cruising Guides
    • Crossing the Gulf Stream
    • Charts
    • Cruising Guides
  • Weather and Tides
    • Getting Weather Info
    • Bahamas Tides
  • Provisioning
    • Provisioning in General
    • Calculating Amounts to Buy
    • Have a Tiny Refrigerator?
    • Prescription Medicines
    • Fuel, Water, Propane
  • Communications: Internet, Calling & Texting
    • Bahamas Internet
    • VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)
    • Phone Calls When In the Bahamas
    • Communications Apps
    • inReach Satellite Communications
  • In Case of Emergency
    • Overview
    • Float Plan
    • Your Emergency Contacts
    • Your Ditch Bag
    • Medical Assistance/Evacuation

Get Ready to Cruise the Bahamas includes membership in a private Facebook group to ask additional questions and get to know others headed to the Bahamas.

All this for just $39, or $49 bundled with Unwritten Rules of the Cruising Life. Yes, it's ridiculously cheap for the time and frustration it will save you!

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Going to the Bahamas should be fun, not stressful! With this course, it is.

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Introduction

5 Lessons


A short introduction to this course:

  • Overview
  • Join the Facebook Group
  • Bahamas Photo Album
  • 15 Things to Know About Cruising the Bahamas
  • Ciguatera

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Legalities

7 Lessons


Seven items to make your entry to the Bahamas smooth and enjoyable:

  • Pre-Departure Checklist to be sure you've got all the documents and other items you need
  • Insurance
  • How to get a Pet Import Permit if you are taking a pet
  • The Q Flag: how to fly it
  • Checking in: how to do it with the least amount of fuss
  • Money in the Bahamas
  • US CBP ROAM app for checking back into the US, regardless of your nationality

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Crossing the Gulf Stream, Charts & Cruising Guides

3 Lessons


Deciding where you want to go:

  • Planning a fast, safe and comfortable Gulf Stream crossing
  • Getting the best charts, electronic and paper
  • Up-to-date information on anchorages, marinas and ashore through cruising guides

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Weather and Tides

2 Lessons


Two important keys for staying safe:

  • Getting good weather information
  • Accurate tide and current data

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Provisioning

5 Lessons


A step-by-step plan to have exactly what you need:

  • Provisioning Realities
  • Calculating What and How Much to Buy
  • Have a Tiny Refrigerator? Don't Despair
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Fuel, Water, Propane

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Communications: Internet, Calling & Texting

5 Lessons


Staying connected in every way possible:

  • Internet Options
  • VPNs
  • Phone Calls
  • Communication Apps
  • inReach Satellite Communications

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In Case of Emergency

5 Lessons


Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Few people have serious problems on a trip to the Bahamas, but being prepared dramatically boosts the chances of a good resolution:

  • Overview
  • Float Plan
  • Your Emergency Contacts
  • Your Ditch Bag
  • Medical Assistance/Evacuation

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Final Thoughts

1 Lessons


Congratulations! You've completed Get Ready to Cruise the Bahamas!

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