Details for Bradford Grand Bahama

Bradford Grand Bahama

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 7 reviews

Address Queens Highway Freeport Harbour
Freeport, Grand Bahama


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

VHF 16. Contact Freeport Harbor Control on VHF 14/16 prior to entry into the commercial port.


Email contact;

Owner, manager

Dan Romence


Thuber Withey, Superintendant


Roderick Smith, Yard Foreman

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Bradford Grand Bahama is a shipyard and provised services to megyachts and commercial vessels. They have extensive (and tall) fixed dockage for large yachts as well as dry dock facilities. They have one 100 foot floating concrete dock, and three 90 foot floating docks.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 500
Beam max: 60

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2017-09-13)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Not all docks have power.

Pricing info: Power is metered and billed at $0.45 per Kwh.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas price$4.03/gal (2017-09-13)

Other price info: 300 gallons minimum order for delivery.

Diesel price$3.53/gal (2017-09-13)

Other price info: Bonded fuel available if the next port of call is outside the Bahamas.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out













Yes - There are several grocery stores closeby, but none within normal walking distance.





Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Yes - Long term dry storage offered for vessels under 150 tons.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for Bradford Grand Bahama
extreme pricing, 2016-12-11
Captain: , Punts Gorda (10)

They limit what you can do on your own boat. Prices here are double what I have paid elsewhere, price to buff just the hull sides was $31. Per foot. They wouldn't allow us to paint the bottom of our boat so we did all the prep work they came over and rolled one coat of paint cost was $2,350 44' boat. They did some sail drive work and left the engine room a mess, left loose bolts and worst of all they left the drive with absolutely no oil in it.
If your going here for storage only its a good place to go.

Deep dissatisfaction, 2016-04-27
Captain: , Paris (10)

I wish to express my deep dissatisfaction about the service offered by Bradford boatyard, particularly with regard to:
Abnormally excessive high costs and inaccurate cost estimation (ex; Paint: $ 4,405 for preparation, primary and 1 layer .... Same service in April 2015 to 2 layers %u20AC 1,500)
The quality of work (ex; Engine Maintenance: After five hours with engine running, belts were destroyed because they were not tight enough)
Boat was left very dirty after work, the cleaning was left on me!
The organization (ex; We spent our time waiting for the workers who were leaving; coming back%u2026)
Management :They take advantage of the fact that the owners cannot go anywhere else to practice prohibitively expensive cost out of the market price standards and More concerned to charge the price of the work than ensure a quality of their execution
Therefore, since we do not have any other possibilities, we have no choice but release all these facts to the large sailor community on social networks and Bahamian or Floridian blog and any related internet site, so it can help other boat owners avoid the same inconveniences and poor services.

Any Port in A Storm, 2015-04-10
Captain: , Savannah (30)

We were forced by a storm to divert to Freeport as the channel to Old Bahama Bay at West End was closed due to waves overtopping the breakwater. We were a total of three boats. 45', 44' and 25' and as such pretty much hung over both ends of their single 100' floating dock. BGB is a shipyard and has opulent offices for their megayacht customers. But the floating dock had jury rigged power and an electrified water spigot. The staff was freindly, the wifi was free, but being sited on an idustrial canal downwind from the petroleum tank farm for all of the Bahamas meant that the sites and smells were not very pleasant. But the saying could not be truer about "Any Port in a Storm". There were no restaurants or other facilities within walking distance. Everything is a cab ride away. No marina store for ice or anything. Fuel has to be trucked in with 500 gallon minimum for diesel. They did have 24hr a day security on site. We were there 7/16/2014-7/18/2014 waiting for storms to abate. They never addressed electrified water or power issues while we were there.

Our Experience with Bradford Marine, 2013-12-18
Captain: , st john, usvi (130)

We went into Bradford Marine with an alternator problem that I had determined to be a blown fuse. An electrician (?) and helper were assigned to look at the problem. After an hour or so of watching them try to determine why no alternator output I was ready to give up on them. At that point Thurber, the head of service, stopped by to see how things were going. I was impressed with his knowledge and he verified a blow fuse in 5 minutes. Unfortunately they did not have a replacement.
I would use Bradford Marine again if Thurber was around to watch over the workers.

5 Star Yard Service, 2013-06-04
Captain: , camden maine (31)

I'm rating this as a yard not a marina. We called ahead from Nassau to come in for engine work. As promised, the mechanic came to the boat first thing in the morning after our evening of arrival (came in at 9:00 pm and dock hand met us at dock and was very helpful). They quickly removed my exhaust manifold, reconditioned and re-painted it, and re-installed it by 1:00 pm! They then did a small machining job free of charge. Very fast, efficient, competent. The docks were fine for an industrial boat yard. Floating dock with water and electricity. We hung out in the pleasant air conditioned office and had coffee and enjoyed the WIFI while the work was being done. Only negative is the Port of Freeport requires you to pay a $85 port fee just to come in to the harbor. Be sure to check in on VHF or they will scold you!

Above and beyond, 2013-05-25
Captain: , Utica, Ohio (245)

Forced to put in here with mechanical problems while enroute to Flroida from the Abaocos. Decided to leave the boat in their secure yard for hurrican season, and while boat was stored there I had them perform some mechanical work on my engine and transmission. Not cheap but not crazy expensive either. In my mind they could have checked their repair (run engine) even though boat was on the hard, but they chose to wait until it was launched. engine oil was leaking from pan or rear main seal. They worked for 3 days trying to fix it (had to get new gaskets in Fl) until I finally had a schedule to keep and sailed to the Keys. Ultimately, they flew their chief mechanic to the States and he drove to Marathon and replaced all the gaskets yet again and now there are no leaks. Frustrating that they couldn't get it right the first time, but I was blwon away by how diligent they were to make sure they resolved the issue. They also topped up my diesel before I left Freeport for my trouble and they did all this extra work, flights and travel on their dime. They even did some machine shop work for free because they felt bad about inconveniencing me. Dan Romence runs the operation and he proved to be a man of his word. Integrity and commitment to provide services I paid for.
This marina primarily serves the $100 million motor yachts, but they took good care of me and my small $ just the same.

Not quite what they said they would do, 2012-02-03
Captain: , Portsmouth (163)

We ran aground, bending a rudder near Walker Cay- Made sense to go to Bradfords. They quickly resonded to satellite emails and some calls. They showed me what they would do and gave me a bid that was high, but I didn't feel like I had a lot of options. I stopped by twice while they were working on the rudder. They were only a weekend late on their promised delivery date. They said they would be deliver the rudder Monday morning, but got there just as it was getting dark (we were leaving the next day) They quickly got the rudder installed and I was pretty happy. But, in all the rush to get the rudder in the water and on to the boat, before dark, I didn't notice that the rudder shaft had been glassed into the rudder at about a 45 degree angle off, and that they had increased the size of the rudder by at least 10%. That provided a lot of drag on our 5 day passage to the Chesapeake- with no way to fix it underway.

So what I originally thought was a good experience, proved to just be a waste of money.

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