At our Marsh Harbour location in the Bahamas, we specialize in teaching live-aboard courses on luxurious cruising catamarans. Marsh Harbour is the capital of the Abaco Islands district of the Bahamas and the third largest city in that country. The Abacos have some of the best sailing in the Caribbean, especially in the winter. Most of our sailing is in the Sea of Abaco, which offers protection from winter cold fronts.
At our Bahamas location, we offer Course A Plus Catamaran. This class combines the Basic Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) and Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114) certifications into a weeklong live-aboard cruising course. Please see ASA Course Summaries for details on each certification standard.
The location of Marsh Harbour relative to the Florida coast is shown in the map at right (click the map for a full-size interactive version from Google). You can find more detailed maps of the Abaco Islands by following these links:
Please see the BWSS fleet page for information about the yachts at this location.
Marsh Harbour has most of the services and amenities you’d expect to find in a small American town, including several excellent restaurants and shops. It’s nestled near the center of Great Abaco Island, not far from the settlements of Hopetown and Man of War Cay. Our journey will take us south to Little Harbour, home of internationally known bronze sculptor Randolph Johnson (deceased), his art gallery, and the world famous Pete’s Pub.
We actually went somewhere (Key Largo), rather than returning to the dock each evening. The course was made to be an adventure, as well as simply instructional. The weather was “made to order” — sun and gentle breeze Saturday through Wednesday, then Force 8 for our ‘foul weather instruction’ on Thursday.Read More Testimonials
I thought it was an excellent, challenging course. It definitely wasn’t a “cruise.” The instructor expected a lot from the students. I like that.Read More Testimonials
I have nothing but the utmost praise for your entire operation and the quality of the instruction that I received. Al Hatch is a consummate instructor and brings to this activity a love and a passion that is genuine and expansive. I hope to be able to return to Blue Water to experience some of the higher-level courses of instruction, and I certainly would have no trouble at all recommending your company to anyone.Read More Testimonials