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New Plymouth Yacht Charters

The picturesque town of New Plymouth is often said to resemble a living museum. The town was originally settled in 1783 by Loyalists – American colonists remaining loyal to the British monarchy who fled New England at the time of the American Revolution. The clapboard cottages and white picket fences on the New Plymouth waterfront look as if they have been transplanted directly from New England.

The Albert Lowe Museum in the town is housed in a meticulously restored Loyalist house and the collection of artefacts, furniture and photographs does a good job of imparting a sense of how arduous life has been here in the Out Islands since the Loyalists first arrived. There is also a fine array of model ships made by the man after whom the museum is named and paintings by Alton Lowe, Albert’s son, a respected local artist whose work appears on Bahamian postage stamps. The Memorial Sculpture Garden, across the street from the New Plymouth Inn, is laid out in the pattern of a Union Jack flag and honours some of the original Loyalist settlers and their descendants. The ecology of reef systems is well explained at the Captain Roland Roberts House Environmental Centre.

These days, the town is a popular stop-off on a New Plymouth yacht charter with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to interest modern-day sailors. The Wrecking Tree Bar and Restaurant on the waterfront is renowned for its grouper fritters and the Ocean Blue Gallery has a good collection of work by local artists. The two main harbours are White Sound to the north and Black Sound to the south. The Green Turtle Club and Bluff House at White Sound are relaxed places to chill out if you’ve overdone it on the history and are in need of a drink to restore equilibrium.

 

Mooring:

  • No moorings are available but there are a number of marinas on Green Turtle Cay and some at resorts which allow charterers to use their facilities
  • There are anchorages at Cocoa Bay and Bluff Harbour. Holding is good in White Sound and there is space for anchoring
  • At Black Sound the holding is poor. Dinghy dockage is available

To Do:

  • Explore local history

Facilities:

  • Fuel
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Provisions
  • Taxis