Boating and Sailing Near Stocking Island

Stocking Island should be a stop along the way as you sail about the Bahamas

Unmatched scenery, crystal clear calm waters, and easy conditions are what the waters that surround Stocking Island are known for. Whether you sail a private boat, charter a yacht, or are a passenger aboard someone else's vessel, this is a destination you definitely should push to visit.

If you just want to experience some time on the open water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious what's included and where you'll go? Take a look at the table that follows to find contact information for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Out Island Explorers (265) 365-5686 George Town Great Exuma

Docking

There are a few spots to consider around the island as you prepare to dock your boat around Stocking Island. The first is the Exuma Markets Dinghy Dock. It is little more than a spot to tie up for a bit, perhaps as you do some shopping at the market, which is the best stocked on the island. Aside from the grocery and a water spigot, there isn't much to offer by way of amenities here. For a full-service docking location you'll want to head to Exuma Yacht Club on nearby Georgetown. There, you'll find everything to keep your boat afloat and be able to refuel. Plus, within walking distance is a popular outdoor straw market, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and other shops.

Do you plan to reach Stocking Island using a vessel you own, or a charter from a different area? This chart lists nearby marinas.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Bahama Houseboats -- Stocking Island Stocking Island
Government Dock -- George Town Great Exuma
Kevalli Marina (242) 357-0118 Kevalli House - Stocking Island Stocking Island
Kid Cove Marina (242) 336-2628 Stocking Island Stocking Island

Before you can enjoy either location you'll first need to gain clearance through customs and immigration. This can be done at the nearest port of entry in George Town. Put in a call to VHF Channel 16 as you approach and fly your yellow "Q" flag to let customs know you have not yet been cleared. An official will meet with you to review the boat's paperwork, check the ship's stores, and have everyone aboard fill out immigration paperwork. After the paperwork has been taken care of, you'll pay between $150 and $300(USD) depending on the size of the vessel, then you'll be free to sail about for 90 days.

While amenities may be sparse for sailors, that shouldn't turn anyone off from planning at the very least a day trip to Stocking Island.

 

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