Every morning at 8:15,
cruisers in the area are treated to what has become one of the
highlights of every day - The Cruiser’s
Net. Started over eight years ago by a number of
restless cruisers who wanted to stay in touch with the world,
it has become a well-coordinated series of news, weather,
public service announcements, and information exchanges - all
over VHF Channel 68.
“Barometer Bob” gives his daily weather prediction.
Various people radio in to report wind and wave conditions of
the Sea of Abaco, The Whale, and Tilloo Cut - useful
information for other cruisers planning passage through these
areas. Patty gives her summary of the news.
Advertising time for some of the local establishments is
provided, including the infamous “Johnny at Nipper’s”
and “Junior at Sea Spray.” Various public
service announcements are made, followed by “open mike.”
The first 20 minutes are
recorded and made available on the Internet each day at http://www.abacoinet.com.
It has been great to replay those broadcasts upon
returning home, providing the opportunity to “take
you back there.”
Net has become an
institution with cruisers in the area. No day is
complete without tuning in, and in a large way, it has become an
essential part of the Abaco experience.