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Boat Pick Up Procedure PDF Print E-mail

Since our Marsh Harbour office has closed, some of our guests take the ferry across to Hope Town, BUT have no fear we will pick you up from the Crossing (old ferry dock) Dock at no extra charge aside from gas used in your rental boat's full tank of gas. This way you can avoid the exorbitant prices the Ferries charge . The ride across to Hope Town usually takes 25-30 minutes and can help you get the lay of land (so to speak) and ask any question you may have. If  you are already  on Elbow Cay we will pick you up from the dock of your choice. The boat ride back the office is a great time to ask questions about the area.

 

Upon arrival at our dock we will show you the boat & equipment, how to start & run the engine, then on to the office to review & sign the contract, pay for the rental then go thru the chart briefing. Try to allow about 20 minutes for this process. A lot of our guests have just arrived in Abaco & are stressed from travel. You have to just take a deep breath & try to relax. You have arrived & you are on Island Time now, mon. No hurry. Oftentimes we are called upon to take care of an issue that was covered during check in but was not absorbed by the Captain due to stress & /or other distractions.

 

 
Returns Procedure PDF Print E-mail
If you are catching a flight that day you return we suggest you allow an hour or so extra time in your schedule for those unexpected little things that can crop up. When you are ready to return your boat simply proceed to the location prearranged. If this is not possible please contact us & we will make arrangements to pick the boat up from your dock. When you arrive at our dock we will inspect the boat for any damages as well as gas/oil quantities. If you wish, you may fill up the gas & oil tanks on your way in, but you do not have to. In fact, we prefer to fill the tanks ourselves & we charge the same price as the gas dock. We will take the boat to the fuel dock while you wait, fill up with gas & oil then radio the office the amounts so we can settle up. Or you can head right to the airport (or we drop you back to your cottage/dock) then we go to the fuel dock & fill up. Remember that blank credit card slip? We already have your signature (authorization) so we then total your charges & run them thru. Saves you the time waiting. We try hard to be customer friendly! You may also return the boat before/after hours by notifying us ahead of time In the event you experienced some damage during your rental it is best if you contact us about it right away as opposed to waiting till you return.
 
Know Before You Go PDF Print E-mail

Thank you for renting with Sea Horse, we appreciate your business and we welcome you to Abaco. In an effort to better assist you, our guest, we have compiled the following info about boating on the Sea of Abaco.

Fuel: When you pick up your boat you will start out with a full tank of gas and oil. When you return the boat we will take it to the fuel dock and fill the tank, you will be responsible for this amount of gas & oil. All boats carry sufficient gas & oil for a day of boating & in most cases enough for several days. To give you a rough idea of gas consumption the 70 HP will burn approximately 3 to 4 gallons per hour (GPH), the 115 HP will burn approx. 5 to 6 GPH, 150 HP will burn approx. 8 to 9 GPH & the 250 HP uses approx 12 to 14 GPH. All boats use about 1 quart of oil for every 12 gallons of gas burned. Remember these are only estimates as many factors will increase (or decrease) consumption, for example how fast you go, how much weight you have in the boat, weather & sea conditions, etc. You can also gauge fuel use by multiplying the number of hours run times the average GPH for your engine. Before each trip be careful to consider how far you are going versus the amount of gas in the tank & always gauge your fuel tank quantity while the boat is level & stationary at the dock, not underway.

Shallow Water: Not usually a problem, most of the Sea of Abaco has a soft/sandy/grassy
bottom with depth ranging from 6’ to 12’ General rules of thumb are; stay at least 100 yards off the shoreline, know where you are in relation to your map & when in doubt – slow down & proceed cautiously. It is on the ‘outside’ (Atlantic side) of the Cays that you get into trouble most often & more easily. If you are not familiar with this type of boating avoid the shoal areas & the outer reefs.

Engine Alarms: As mentioned above the Sea of Abaco has a sandy bottom. If you stir up the bottom in a sandy area with the propeller it is possible that sand may get drawn into the motor cooling system. This will cause a temporary restriction in the cooling water flow & trigger the overheat warning. An alarm will sound, the 2nd left light on the Tachometer will illuminate & the Speed Limit Overheat Warning cuts the motor to a maximum of 2500 engine RPMs (engine shakes violently if you try to exceed 2500 RPM). If this happens to you [1] shut off motor & tilt out of water for 10 minutes [2] check water intake for blockage [3] tilt motor down, restart & check for water discharge and/or water pressure gauge for 4 – 8 PSI at idle 12 – 20 PSI at cruise speed. If problem persists please stop motor & contact us for assistance or instructions.

Impacts: Motor impacts with solid structures will cause expensive damage. There are some inshore shallows that you should be aware of. A bent prop or damaged skeg can cost you up to several thousand dollars depending on circumstances. Study your intended route on your chart ahead of time & always have someone else besides the Captain as lookout. Always be certain the boat is properly secure at your dock overnight with the motor tilted out of the water.

Snorkeling/Diving: Mooring buoys have been placed at the Sandy Cay Reef (Pelican Cays National Park), Fowl Cay Reef (Fowl Cay Preserve) & at Mermaids Reef for your convenience & to keep anchors from destroying the reefs. No fishing or any gathering is allowed within these preserves. Please observe all Bahamian fishing/diving rules & regulations. If you are not sure what is legal please ask before you act. If we all do not protect the environment we will have nothing to offer the visitor who comes down next week so please take only photos & memories & leave only footprints. Thank you.

 


Fishing: No license is required however please be aware of the fishing regulations with respect to size, quantity & season. For your own safety, we do not recommend you take you boat to the outside of the reef or out into the ocean. There are numerous places to catch fish inshore, just ask us & we will show you where to go. Catches include yellowtail, mutton & mangrove snapper, jacks, grunts, grouper, mackerel etc. Don’t forget the wily bonefish on the Angel Cay flats & in the Bight of Ole Robinsons.

Approximate travel times: From Marsh Harbour International Airport to Sea Horse Marsh Harbour - 10 minutes. If you need to stock up on the way, add 30 – 60 minutes shopping time.
From Sea Horse Marsh Harbour going in an Easterly direction to:
Lubbers Quarters & Tahiti Beach – 15 minutes
Hope Town & Elbow Cay – 20 minutes
Going South:
Tilloo – 25 minutes
Sandy Cay Reef – 30 minutes
Little Harbour – 45 minutes
Going North:
Man O War Cay – 20 minutes
Guana Cay – 40 minutes

From Sea Horse Hope Town going in a Southerly direction to:
Lubbers Quarters & Tahiti Beach – 10 minutes
Tilloo – 25 minutes
Sandy Cay Reef – 30 minutes
Little Harbour – 45 minutes
Going North:
Man O War Cay – 20 minutes
Guana Cay – 35 minutes
Going West:
Sea Horse Marsh Harbour – 20 minutes
Marsh Harbour Harbour – 25 minutes

Travel times are based on cruising at about 3500 engine RPMs, are approximate & can be affected by sea & weather conditions. Allow a little extra time to avoid stressing.