Marina Spotlight: Schooner Bay, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
By George Otto ~ May 20th, 2014.
The Marina at Schooner Bay offers transient dockage, resident boat storage, and a full range of services and provisions in a quaint seaside Bahamian village setting on Great Abaco Island.
By Christine Carpenter
Built in 2011 on Great Abaco in The Bahamas, Schooner Bay was fashioned as an authentic harbour village. This idyllic island offers unique restaurants, tranquil beaches, pristine forests, eco-adventures, world-class fishing, and water sports once you dock at the Marina at Schooner Bay. Residential opportunities include covered, secure boat storage or transient dockage at a daily, weekly or monthly rate, with varying rates starting at $2 per foot depending on the length of stay.
Raymond Dames, Schooner Bay’s director of sales explains how the property has grown in just the past six months—as well as where it is headed. “First, beautiful gazebos have been added all around the property to allow guests and homeowners to comfortably enjoy the panoramic ocean views. We also added numerous amenities to the property including a new sports complex that includes a half basketball court, a pickle ball court, tennis court, beach volleyball court, and a children’s play area. The brand new Cabana Beach Bar and Grill is now open for daily service for convenient, casual dining.”
“Extensive design plans are underway for a Harbour Club, which will include the Owner’s Lounge, Restaurant, General Store, Liquor Store, Gym, Spa, and Harbour Master and sales offices, in addition to the shower and laundry facilities for transient boaters. We are also in the middle of ten different construction projects including a bed and breakfast, and multiple food and beverage outlets for guests.”
Dames is proud of the staff’s engaging and authentic “island-style service” for each individual visitor and says the marina and village offer superior quality. “My favorite part of working at Schooner Bay is connecting the diverse web of owners and boaters. Seeing groups of strangers become friends as they share community events like our bonfires and BBQ’s is very rewarding.”
The Marina at Schooner Bay is the southern-most safe harbor in the Abacos with additional docks being built for an estimated completion date this fall. The nearest marina is 25 miles north, with the Marina at Schooner Bay offering easy access to Eleuthera and the Berry Islands. “Our close proximity to Hole in the Wall—which offers some of the best undiscovered fishing grounds in the world—is also a huge plus. In addition, we have extensive bonefish flats and pristine beaches,” adds Dames.
On-property events include a spa and wellness weekend retreat, smooth jazz festival and ocean breezes weekend, to name a few. “Come help us build a new Out Island Harbour Village that blends the best of the past with the sustainable technologies of today to create memories for generations,” Dames says. For cruisers who plan to cruise the Out Islands this summer, the Marina at Schooner Bay should be a sure stopover. You might even want to stay a while.
- 40 total slips with 14 transient spots
- Dry slips for owners for boats up to 80′ LOA
- Shower facilities
- General Store, Liquor Store
- Diesel and Gas Fuel Station
- 30 and 50-amp electrical service
- High water quality
- Laundry Facilities and Delivery Service
- Beachfront location
- Local transportation services
Director of Sales