Policies

SCYC Rules and Policies

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Cottages

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Marina

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Agreements

Cottages Policies

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

  • Deposits: For all Bungalows: A 50% deposit is due at time of booking. The remaining balance including taxes will be automatically charged 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings within 30 days of arrival, payment is due in full and is non-refundable.
  • In addition to the Deposit policy listed above, a $1000 security deposit is required in advance for Coral Villa. This security deposit is fully-refundable if no damage or excessive cleaning is required. Coral Villa requires a 3-night minimum booking unless the booking is within 21 days of the stay (short notice).
  • Cancellations: For cancellations outside 60 days of arrival, half of the deposit will be refunded. For cancellations within 60 days of arrival, no refunds will be given on any payments.
  • Please note that a 3-night minimum stay will be required for all bungalows during December high season.

Drone Use

Drone Use: Due to privacy and safety concerns, drone use is strictly prohibited anywhere on and around the property and docks at SCYC. By law, use of drones anywhere in the Bahamas requires a special permit and registration with Bahamas Civil Aviation. See Bahamas drone policy BASR Schedule 27 for more information.

Water

Water: All water in our bungalows and restaurants is purified and ozonated by an on-site Watermakers, Inc. reverse osmosis system.

Pool Area

Pool Area:

  • Pets: Pets are not allowed inside the fenced-in pool area.
  • Diving: Diving is not allowed in the pool.
  • Music Volume: Music is permitted at reasonable levels on the pool deck between 9am and 8pm, but please be considerate of other guests. In consideration of guests in the bungalows adjacent to the pool, no music is permitted on the pool deck prior to 9am or after 8pm. Of course, personal music devices with earphones are permitted at all times.

Bungalows

Bungalows:

  • Check-In/Out: Minimum check-in age is 21. Check-in time is 3pm; Check-out time is 10am.
  • Boats: Boats are available at official check-in time, 3pm, on day of arrival.
  • Pets: Pets are not allowed in the bungalows.
  • Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the bungalows.
  • Grilling: Grilling is strictly prohibited on SCYC property, inside or on the decks of our bungalows, including Coco Plum. Grilling is also not permitted on any of our Marina docks.
  • Music Volume: Music is permitted at reasonable levels in the cottages. Please be considerate of other guests and limit the volume of your music, especially on your deck.

Marina

Marina: Please click here to see all SCYC Marina policies and rules. You will be asked to acknowledge and sign these policies at check-in.

Local Guides

Local Guides: The Staniel Cay Yacht Club can provide you with a list of independent local guides who can arrange snorkel, diving, and fishing trips as well as half-day or day-long excursions and conch expeditions. These outside vendors are not affiliated with the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in any way and the list is provided only for the convenience of guests. Please inquire with the Yacht Club.

Activities

Activities: Performance of all activities is always on a “weather permitting” basis. For your safety, use of the SCYC skiffs, kayaks and paddleboards is at the sole discretion of SCYC management. If inclement or windy weather prevents use, there is no adjustment to any package rate, nor any refund that is applicable in an inclement weather scenario. Please see applicable Activities Agreement, which must be signed by the reservation-holder. Please note: by Bahamian law, nothing may be taken from the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park waters and this includes fishing of any kind. All guests are responsible for knowing Bahamian fishing regulations.

Package Plan

Package Plan: The Package Plan includes lodging, 3 meals per day per person, one soft drink or one juice per meal per person, gratuities, 17′ skiff including fuel, bike, ocean kayak, and round-trip Staniel Cay airport transfers. The Package Plan does NOT include: airfare, bar charges, between-meal snacks/drinks, appetizers, guides, or golf carts or taxes. A minimum of two nights required for the Package Plan. For a complete description of package plan terms, conditions, and exclusions, please see the applicable Package Plan Agreement on this page.

Required Forms

Required Forms: All adult guests must sign the Release of Liability Form and provide at check-in. The reservation-holder on each room must also sign the Activities Agreement and provide at check-in. Please see agreements on this page to view and/or download these forms. If you desire, to save time at check-in, you may download these forms, sign, and bring with you to turn in upon arrival.

Credit Card Fees

Credit Card Fees: Charges to credit cards in the Bahamas (and any foreign country) may incur additional transaction fees by the issuing bank. Please contact your card provider in advance to inquire if and how much these fees might be. These fees are not charged by SCYC and as such SCYC will not be responsible for such charges to the customer’s credit card account.

Taxes, Levies, and Gratuities

Taxes, Levies, and Gratuities: SCYC Nightly Room Rates (non-Package Rates) do not include gratuities, taxes or levies. Package Rates INCLUDE gratuities but are still subject to taxes and levies. The Coral Villa Meal Plan includes gratuities but is still subject to taxes and levies. All taxes, levies, and gratuities are subject to change without prior notification.

Rates

Rates: All rates and prices subject to change without notice.

Child Rates

Child Rates: Child Rates only apply to children 9 and under at time of stay. You will be required to show their passport as proof of age. See the Package Rates or Lodging Rates for pricing.

Weather Policy

Weather Policy: An incredible vacation awaits you at Staniel Cay Yacht Club, rain or shine! Rest assured, even a rainy day in Staniel Cay is better than the sunniest day at home! We do not refund for inclement weather and strongly recommend trip insurance in the event you desire to cancel your trip. In the rare event that a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued for the Exumas by the National Hurricane Center, we will contact you with options for rescheduling.

Marina Policies

Marina Policies

SCYC Marina Rules and Policies

Dockage: SCYC cannot guarantee a particular slip, even with a reservation. However, we will do our best to accommodate requests. Dockage may be at either our South Dock (the main dock) or our North Dock (the fuel dock). Dockage Rates are based on the length of the vessel including swim platform and bow spread, not the length of the vessel at the waterline. Rates do not change if part of a vessel extends beyond the end of the dock. Rafted boats (if permitted by management) do not receive discounted rates.

Day Trips: If you leave the dock for a day trip, and return later, you may or may not have exactly the same slip. In this instance, dock hands will assist with movement of lines, fenders, new water/electric readings, etc. As out docks are “side-to” rather than back-in slips, changes in arrivals and departures involving yachts of different sizes sometimes necessitate such slip changes.
Changing slips while staying in the marina: Again, due to the “side-to” nature of our marina, sometimes we must ask a marina customer to shift to a different slip. This is done only so that we can accommodate other customers and all efforts are made to minimize such moves. But sometimes they are necessary and our dock hands will assist in this instance to minimize the inconvenience.

Electric Charges: Electricity is metered. If a reading is not taken at the time of tie up and plug-in, you will be billed at the prevailing, minimum daily rates depending on the size of the plug, and the phase of the power. Three-phase power will be billed at a 30% premium over the prevailing single-phase flat rate. In the case where a meter has malfunctioned and not advanced, the flat daily rate will also apply. Electricity rates (per kwh) may change without notice.
Late Check-outs: Check-out time is 11 a.m. Check-in time is 2 p.m. Late check-outs, are sometimes but not always possible, AND must be approved in advance by management. Late checkouts, if approved, are billed another day dockage.

Water Charges: Our water is metered. Please make sure a dock hand takes a beginning reading before you use water. All water is purified by an on-site Watermakers, Inc desalination plant and ozonated. It is never mingled with rainwater, well water, or any other source of water.

Damage to Dock: Any damage to the docks caused by a vessel will be the responsibility of the vessel involved. If tide or weather conditions are questionable, it is the captain’s responsibility to make this determination. Damage to the facility will be charged to the boat which causes the damage at local replacement cost.

Damage to Vessels while docking or while docked: SCYC is never responsible for damage that occurs to Vessels or tenders while docked or in the process of docking. Among other factors, strong current and changing winds can cause fenders to shift. Also, unpredictable changes in wind direction might cause rough conditions at the dock. Broken planks, protruding bolts, etc. (while addressed by our staff as soon as we see the issue) can periodically present a hazard to gelcoats and rubrails. It is the responsibility of the captain of the vessel to check for such hazards and make the necessary adjustments in handling or securing the vessel such as to avoid them. Adjustments to lines and fenders are often necessary during the course of any stay and should be checked frequently.

Ice and Bait

Ice $6/bag. Bait (rigged ballyhoo and squid) is available.

Internet

Internet: Available in the Clubhouse for registered Marina and Hotel guests (complimentary).

Trash

Trash charges are $6/bag (+tax). All trash should be put in the designated trailer behind the clubhouse. Please DO NOT leave trash bags in any other area on the dock or property. Please alert our staff as to the number of bags you dispose of so that the applicable charges can be billed.

Fuel Dock

FUEL DOCK

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Separate, dedicated fuel dock with high-speed pumps.

Day Trips

Day Trips: If you leave the dock for a day trip, and return later, you may or may not have exactly the same slip. In this instance, dock hands will assist with the movement of lines, fenders, new water/electric readings, etc. As our docks are “side-to” rather than back-in slips, changes in arrivals and departures involving yachts of different sizes sometimes necessitate such slip changes.

Fishing

Fishing: Absolutely no fishing is permitted in the marina area … either from the dock or from vessels tied to the dock. The nurse sharks are pets. Any person or vessel seen harassing them will be asked to leave. Please note: by Bahamian law, nothing may be taken from the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park waters and this includes fishing of any kind. All guests are responsible for knowing Bahamian fishing regulations (click here for more information).

If you enjoy fishing, this is the place to be. Bonefish out at Harvey Cay or in Pipe Creek, both just a few minutes away. For deep-sea fishing, the expansive water of the Exuma Sound is full of grouper, snapper, dolphin, tuna and more. For the fit and adventurous, try free-diving and spear-fishing for lobster and grouper. Please note: by Bahamian law, nothing may be taken from the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park waters and this includes fishing of any kind. All guests are responsible for knowing Bahamian fishing regulations (listed below).

For kids, try bottom fishing for snappers and other smaller fish. They will enjoy non-stop action during this unforgettable experience.

Information on Bahamian Fishing Regulations

Guide to Bahamian Fisheries Regulations (Booklet)

The Bahamas Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)

Summary of Fishing Regulations of the Bahamas

Bahamian Department of Marine Resources Forms

Information on Bahamian Customs & Ports of Entry

Drone Use

Drone Use: Due to privacy and safety concerns, drone use is strictly prohibited anywhere on and around the property and docks at SCYC. By law, use of drones anywhere in the Bahamas requires a special permit and registration with Bahamas Civil Aviation. See Bahamas drone policy BASR Schedule 27 for more information.

Checkout

Checkout: 10:00 a.m.

Late checkouts (after 11:00 a.m.) will be billed another day dockage and electric or mooring.

Information For Foreign Boats Entering Bahamaian Waters

INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN BOATS ENTERING BAHAMIAN WATERS AS OF JANUARY 1, 2020

The following fees will be applied to boats staying in The Bahamas for up to 3 months:
  • Boats up to 34 feet: $150
  • Boats 35-99 feet: $300
  • Boats 100-149 feet: $500
  • Boats 150-200 feet: $800
  • Boats over 200 feet: $1,000
The fees cover both a cruising permit and fishing permit, as well as the departure tax for up to three people. Each additional person will be charged a $20 departure tax. The fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.
For stays longer than 3 months:
  • Boats up to 34 feet: $300 annually
  • Boats 35-99 feet: $600 annually
  • Boats 100-149 feet: $1,000 annually
  • Boats over 150 – 200 feet: $1,600 annually
  • Boats over 200 feet: $2,000 annually

For additional information, please visit the official Bahamas website at https://www.bahamas.com/faq/enteringexiting-policies

Weather

Weather: Because SCYC docks are exposed to the west, it may become necessary to vacate the docks in the event of strong west/northwest winds. Management will do its best to give notice when this is forecast. For your convenience, SCYC posts Chris Parker’s 3-4 day weather forecast in the clubhouse every day (except Sunday). We also post the Windfinder forecast. Please ask at the bar if you do not see that day’s forecasts posted.

 

Grilling

Grilling: Grilling on the North Dock (fuel dock) is not permitted, either on board or on the dock itself. Grilling on your boat on the South Dock (main dock) is permitted, provided that the smoke is not a nuisance to neighbors. If you grill, please monitor wind conditions and be considerate of your neighbors and very conscious of any tenders/gasoline nearby.

Music

Music: Loud music is not permitted at the marina (or anywhere on SCYC property). Music played at a low level is fine. As a rule, music is defined as “too loud” if your neighbors can a) hear it and/or b) might possibly be bothered by it.

Land and Sea Park Boundaries

Land and Sea Park Boundaries

(Ensure you use the right coordinates based on your GPS setup)

In Degrees / Minutes / SecondsIn Degrees / Thousandths of a Minute
NW corner:Lat 24 deg 30′ 37″ N Long 76 deg 52′ 37″ W
7.87 NM, Hdg 058 deg T to
NW corner:Lat 24.30.617 N Long 46.52.617
7.87 NM, Hdg 058 deg T to
NE corner:Lat 24 deg 35′ 30″ N Long 76 deg 45′ 50″ W
22.92 NM, Hdg 143 deg T to
NE corner:Lat 24.35.500 N Long 76.45.833 W
22.92 NM, Hdg 143 deg T to
SE corner:Lat 24 deg 18′ 37″ N Long 76 deg 28′ 47″ W
7.84 NM, Hdg 246 deg T to
SE corner:Lat 24.18.617 N Long 76.28.783 W
7.84 NM, Hdg 276 deg T to
SW corner:Lat 24 deg 14′ 25″ N Long 76 deg 36′ 02″ W
22.14 NM, Hdg 323 deg T back to NW corner
SW corner:Lat 24.14.417 N Long 76.36.033 W
22.14 NM, Hdg 323 deg T back to NW corner

Agreements

Vacation Package Plan Agreements

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims,
Assumption of Risks, and Indemnity Agreement

Package Plan and Coral Villa Meal Plan
Terms and Conditions

Activities Agreement