Details for Schooner Bay Harbour

Schooner Bay Harbour

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 18 reviews

Address Schooner Bay Harbour Village
South Abaco, Bahamas


After hours contact

Harbour Master, Albert Russell 1-242-475-7626 or 1-242-557-1213

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Town Manager, Glen Kelly


Albert Russell


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Visa and Mastercard only.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Waypoint 26-10.5N 077-09.0W, head due west, pick up buoys to pass through the reef, turn due South in 10' (before running up on the beach), pick up ranges at the harbor entrance. The water will come up a few feet. The breakwater seems to have been pinched in recently to keep out the swell. Keep to port until you see docks. Call on VHF 16 and 77.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 70
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 13
Total: 13
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2014-07-20)

Other price info: There is one T-dock head for catamarans.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None available.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 50 amp 120/208V, 30 amp 120/208V.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - RO water at $0.25 gallon.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - 4 day maximum.


Fuel brand: Rubis

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: All dogs must be kept on leashes in common areas.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out


Yes - Dockside at the General Store.




No - Temporarily no showers due to construction, May 2014.




Yes - Pick up and delivery service.


Yes - There's a small general/grocery store and a large organic farm with direct sales to boaters.


Yes - Ship store for marine parts.




Hotels or motels

Yes - Rental cottages available.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Bait, tackle and fish-cleaning stations.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Good WiFi service.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Golf cart rental. Car rental and taxi service is also available.

Other services

Lounge chairs, paddle boards, sailboats, and cabana restaurant, at the beach. Limited hours.

You are within driving range of Marsh Harbor (28 mi) and Sandy Point (18 mi). Services are more available than obvious. If you need something, ask Albert and he will figure out a way.


Reviews for Schooner Bay Harbour
A nice place but...., 2017-05-13
Captain: , Daytona Beach (110)

I really like the property and the potential this place has. Albert the dock master will take care of any needs. I have to only give it 3 stars as the surge is a major issue. Even with very light winds and just a gentle swell, the surge just continues to roll around the circular harbor. We were able to hurricane tie the boat to keep it reasonably stationary, but our buddy boat got no sleep.

The store is currently closed and the restaurant is on limited hours so keep that in mind.

Scary Entrance, 2017-04-20
Captain: , Gulfport FL (20)

Spent a night here in November. No showers or laundry. Scary entrance, but only Marina in this location. Better than nothing!

A Welcome Safe Harbour, 2017-04-07
Captain: , Manteo North Carolina (151)

If you are transiting from the Berries, Little Harbour can be just out of reach for many cruisers for one day. Schooner Bay is one needed harbour after rounding the tip of Abaco and sailing past Hole in the Wall. We arrived with 20 knot South winds and seas of 4-6". The harbour entrance looks non existant or less than inviting, with swells breaking on the reef outside. Follow your GPS and keep a lokout posted--the bouys can be easily hidden by the backside of the swells. I contacted the dockmaster Albert, who is a real gem! He drove out to the Point and directed us in by VHF. The navigation info on this site is accurate, although at the time we transited the inner green mark was missing (it was on the beach!) The key is to come in close to the beach--about 10-12 ft depths before making your turn south toward the jetty. Red rangemarkers are easy to pick out--have your observer guide you as you watch the depths. You may feel uncomfotably close to the beach, but there is plenty of depth. Keep powered up to counter any surge. Aim for the center at the jetty, as there are shallows on both sides, and then hug the port breakwall until well inside.
While $2.00/ft is a little steep considering the lack of showers, it's well worth the comfort of a snug harbour! The restaurant onsite is top notch with well prepared fresh catch. Dockmaster Albert was communicative and helpful throughout our stay and even offered to drive into town to get us some eggs.

Very poor design for boat comfort., 2016-05-21
Captain: , warm waters (828)

Date of stay: 3/18 and 3/19/16
We can not recommend Schooner Bay. Aside from the treacherous entrance (we thought a previous comment about turning to port before hitting the beach was someone with a sense of humor until we were surging toward that beach), the ocean surge in the man-made basin was intense. It was very strong and gave new meaning to the name "Ocean Dancer" as she was pushed and pulled with great force, relentlessly slamming into the pilings all day and all night. It was extremely fatiguing. The lovely new dock had no cleats and no pads. We had all bumpers over the side. Even so, we've had more peaceful nights at anchorages in thunderstorms. For all of the thought that has gone into the overal infrastructure of the residential development, we were surprised that so little thought and attention was given to what would make it comfortable and safe to visit by boat.
The coastline was impressive, the staff was friendly, and the restaurant served a decent meal. That's the best we can say.

Great Place, 2016-05-12
Captain: , west palm beach (10)

I have been there three times I believe and have no idea why the previous poster rated it so poorly. The entry is better marked than almost all Bahamian entries with red and green bouys. If you have an up to date chart the entry couldn't be easier and has more than enough water for my 4 1/2' draft. There is a lot of current when the tide is moving but I always tie up in the middle of a slip and never have been uncomfortable. They fuel you right at the slip at reasonable rates and water is cheap. I only wish they would add more slips because I am sure they will get nothing but busier in there.

Awesome place!!, 2015-07-25
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (341)

Spent almost two weeks in June. Came by boat and rented a house. Super friendly staff. Albert the dock master will bend over backwards to help.

Breakfast at the harbourside place is excellent. Lunch at the beach is fantastic. Dinner at the Sandpiper Inn is the best in the Abacos.

The only downside to this place is that if it's blowing out, you are landlocked...

I hope the community thrives. Will definitely be back (even if it's just for another loaf of Bahamian bread)!

Great protection, Beautiful site, Great restaurant...but NO SHOWERS??, 2015-07-13
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (372)

This is a beautiful residential development and they're really doing things right. The restaurant is very pricy, but top-notch. The people are friendly. The marina, however, seems to have been an afterthought. They have NO SHOWERS! For some inexplicable reason they also don't take credit cards -- you have to pay in cash. Kinda makes you wonder if someone is just pocketing the money. If they ever get around to putting the kind of money and attention into the marina operation as they did in the rest of the place, this one will be a keeper. Until then, it's just a safe place to tie up your boat when it's nasty out there (which is, fortunately, all we needed).

WOW Beautiful & Friendly, 2015-07-01
Captain: , Key Largo (130)

Ultra clean. Ultra friendly. Peaceful. Glass calm water. New docks and power. Breakfast harbor side amazing, the best Johnny Cake ever.  This is a must stop. 
Cash or Check. NO credit cards
$2.00 per foot  dockage
$0.65 per KW
$0.25 per gallon water
$4.75 per gallon diesel fuel dockside

Mid Way Stop, 2015-04-12
Captain: , Slidell, La. (1148)

This was a good stop over while traveling south. Ditto Previous review along with Lunch at the open air Beach Side pub was very good and the entire grounds staff were all very nice.

Growing potential , 2015-03-09
Captain: , Havre de Grace, MD (264)

We arrived with two other sailboats for one overnight, and were the only ones in the transient sliips. Pleasant reception by Albert, but no VHF radio connection to him prior to getting to the dock. Swells coming in can rock you, as the were on the beam. Fuel was right at the slip, so no need to move your boat to top off. The small grocery store was impressive with fresh produce coming from the on-site hydroponic farm. It looks like the community will continue to grow, as new housing construction is on going.

Nice Work in Progress, 2014-08-27
Captain: , Miami Beach (223)

The approach instructions provided in the 2014 Dodge Guide are accurate. Once around the inner green mark, point to the huts on the south end of the beach; harbour entrance is immediatley adjacent. Development of upscale residential community well underway. Town Manager Glen and Harbourmaster Albert both super helpful and friendly. Transient facilities for shower & laundry not yet open, but planned.

Diamond in the rough, 2014-07-21
Captain: , Galveston, TX (599)

A quiet, developing community making a go with their marina. Excellent service, straight forward approach, great jumping off point for heading south, or stopping if you can't make Little Harbor before dark.
Friendly and extremely helpful staff. Wished we could have stayed longer.

An Incredible Find, 2014-07-07
Captain: , Newport (10)

If you are looking for nightlife, this is not the place but if peace, tranquility and a spectacular beach is up your ally, this is a must visit. Bathrooms were open, Glenn was helpful and informative. Water is cheap and plentiful, fuel is available, it is easy to navigate to and it is a great stop on your way to Florida or St. Thomas.

Unusual and Fastenating Stop, 2014-03-22
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Located on Abaco's wild Atlantic coast, this unlikely port is carved out of the island and is being ambitiously developed into a sustainable community of permanent rsidents and vacation homeowners.

The small marina can accomodate one vessel up to 65 feet and has several smaller slips. Schooner Bay can be approached in good weather using a chart found on page 154 in the 2014 Dodge Cruising Guide to Abaco. None of our several electronic or paper charts had details or soundings of this area, but the pasage through the reef is straightforward and marked with red and green buoys. At high tide we saw more than 10 feet until you enter the harbor which carries a minumum of 8 feet.

You will never have seen anything quite like this place which has a central island and space for an immense amount of future developement. There is an organic farm, small hotel, and many houses finished or under construction.

Town Manager, Glen, and Harbor Master, Albert will tie you up, make you feel welcome and maybe give you a tour. Fuel, water, electrticity and Wifi are all available. There is also a small general store, and the hotel serves fresh farm and sea to table fare.

For the curious cruiser this stop-off is highly recommended!

Schooner Bay marina and village, 2014-02-25
Captain: , Montreal, PQ (141)

Lovely place with lots of helpful people. Nicely laid out village with many plots waiting to be sold. Infrastructure all in place. Neat produce farm, clinic, store. Beautiful beach with snorkelling right off the beach. Cheap rates for dockage and water and power. Easy access, deep water, well protected.
Empty place though, very few guests or residents around. We were the only boaters. Shower (only one) so far away you need to bike to it and no hot water at all, and no lock on the door! Still we will look forward to a return visit.

Up and Operational, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (162)

We cruised in to check the status for future knowledge / safe harbour, and to update all as to the status. The marina is open, water & fuel available, friendly dock hands. Pleanty of depth on the channel, red & green at the entrance and a second green inside - sweep a little wide and then line up on the range markers to enter the harbour. Safe habour for the east coast of Abaco now open that we intend to spend a night on our return trip.

It's Better in the Bahamas.. Visit Schooner Bay, 2013-06-15
Captain: , Schooner Bay Village (12)


Security provided 24 hours, 7 days a week
Pristine 7 miles of Atlantic beach
Charming Rental Cottages available
Friendly, accommodating dock attendants to assist with all requests and services
Food and Beverage provisioning
Potable water
Power (50A 120/240V single phase, 30A 120/240V single phase)
Wireless internet access
Sanitary pump out (Coming Soon)
Solid Waste collection
On-island shower and laundry vendor
Fuel, diesel and gasoline
Bait, tackle and fish-cleaning stations
General Store
Ship store for marine parts
Golf cart rental

Quiet secluded harbor., 2013-06-10
Captain: , Alexandria,VA (60)

Development is in progress with club house and beach side restaurant complete. Staff are very helpful and welcoming. Once completed this project will be very similar to Sea Side in Santa Rosa, FL. Rental Cottages are available. When entering harbor use well marked channel and range markers.

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