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March 2018 Newsletter
We would like to welcome "Forget Me Knot" and "Pretty Lady" to the fleet!
BOATS OF THE MONTH
FOUNTAINE PAJOT LUCIA 40' & JEANNEAU 34.9'

Meet Forget Me Knot...
Fountaine Pajot's latest mid size cruising model the Lucia 40' optimizes volume for comfort aboard with out sacrificing sailing performance. Forget Me Knot is a 4 cabin model. Fast, fun, and incredibly comfortable both while under sail and at anchor. Additional amenities include full Raymarine integrated instruments and navigation suite, electric sheet / halyard winch for easy sail handling. There is solar panels and a genset to power A/C and other 110 systems, hot and cold pressure water throughout, large fully - equipped galley, propane stove/ oven, stereo with auxiliary input, fresh water transom shower, 10 ft. inflatable Rigid bottom (RIB) dingy and outboard and an electric davit winch. Draft is 3ft. 9 inches.

Meet Pretty Lady...
This beautiful Jeanneau 34.9 ft. monohull offers 2 staterooms and 1 head with a draft of 4 ft. 10 inches.  From the very first glance, the Sun Odyssey 349 captivates with her pure lines, generous interior volume and inviting cockpit. Designed by Marc Lombard and true to the values of the Sun Odyssey line, the 349 is the perfect combination of performance, comfort and safety at sea. Whether in the cockpit or at the helm, at anchorage or at sea, you will enjoy taking full advantage of this seaworthy, stable and easy-to-handle sailboat.Escape from the everyday and taste the pleasures of family cruising. With two cabins, a spacious salon and a very functional galley, the Sun Odyssey proves both well considered and inviting. High quality woodwork accents an incredibly bright, well-lit interior. Come aboard Pretty Lady! 

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THE QUEEN CONCH NEEDS PROTECTION
The queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a large marine mollusc, formerly abundant throughout the Caribbean region. It is now under threat from overfishing. 
Photo Credit: Carolyn Belak
  • There has been a major decline in the population of protected queen conchs in the Bahamas' Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park over the last 20 years.
  • The most recent survey found predominantly older queen conchs, with a shortage of juveniles to replace them.
  • Researchers believe overfishing in upstream areas has depleted the park's larval supply. Increased predator density within the park may also be a problem for juveniles.
  • Queen conch fisheries outside protected areas in the Bahamas are experiencing intense fishing pressure and are near collapse.

 Conchs play a huge role in Bahamian culture. 

Act now to save the Queen Conch.

Read Full Article Here


VIDEO OF THE MONTH
Shedd Studies Queen Conch in The Bahamas
Shedd Studies Queen Conch in The Bahamas

Shedd Aquarium Postdoctoral Research Associate Dr. Andy Kough has been working alongside partners at the Bahamas National Trust to survey different habitats around The Bahamas for queen conch. Using Shedd's research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, Dr. Kough and fellow researchers are gathering data to inform conch fishery management and protect populations into the future.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ABACO
Every Child Counts Concert
March 4th at 5pm 
  Hopetown Harbour Lodge  
Proceeds going to Every Child Counts School
If you would like to help the Every Child Counts Program please call (242) 367-2505 or email eccabaco.bs@gmail.com
Every Child Counts
P.O. Box AB20085
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Community Art Wine & Cheese Reception
March 6th at 5-7pm 
Hummingbird Gallery Hopetown
Donations go to Hope Town School
View art March 7th, 8th and 9th in the gallery from 11am - 3pm

SOUTHERN PASSAGE
All inclusive captain/chef charters available in Eleuthera, Exumas and Abaco
WATERCOLOURS COTTAGES
Prefer a stay on land in Abaco? 
 We have that covered too...!

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