The most important point of a cruisers day is the weather report.
Knowing where to tune in for accurate weather reports can sometimes be a
challenge when cruising. Iíve listed the ones for the Abacos below.
The Abacos Cruise Net meets every morning at 8:15
AM on VHF channel 68. The
strongest signals of the net are in the marsh Harbor area. Listening to
the Cruisers Net provides information on weather, local events, boat
departures to the states, wanted items and important e-mail. To send
emergency or important e-mail to the Marsh Harbor area and contact a
boat send message to: Cruisers@oii.net
Subject: boat name
Keep messages short, as they will be read over the
morning Cruisers Net.
For additional weather: FM Radio Abaco 93.5 get
weather at 8 AM.
For Northern Abaco weather listen between 7 and 8 AM on VHF 16, you will be given a
working channel to switch to.
Weather Ham/ SSB
Operating on SSB lower sideband
channels various nets provide weather and safety information as well as
relaying communications. Anyone having a short-wave digital receiver
with BFO can tune into these frequencies.
- At 720, Carolyn Wardle runs the
Bahamas Weather Net on 3696kHz. She gives the NOAA Florida Coastal
report and Bahamas weather from Nassau. She also receives data from
Ham operators in the out islands.
- At 745 most Hams switch to 7268
for the Waterway Radio and Cruising net.
- The best-known forecaster for
cruising boats is Herb Hilgenberg on 12359.0kHz. He covers the
Bahamas weather around 1515 to 1530. Although there have been rumors
that Herb is retiring, we haven't heard anything official. You can
check out his web site:
Weather Web Links
Weather Buoy West End Grand Bahamas: