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Cruising Guides

When planning a voyage in unfamiliar waters, experienced owners and crew members of recreational vessels often consult with cruising guides. These guides give recommendations about specific paths, navigational hazards and other obstacles of which all crew members should be aware.

These navigational guides offer color photographs, nautical charts and in-depth information about how to successfully navigate local waters. Many places to go and things to do when in port are featured as well.

Cruising guide destinations available include: Intercoastal Waterway of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, Abaco, Hawaiian Islands, Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, Windward Islands of the Caribbean, Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Venezuela, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida Keys and Everglades, Grenada to the Virgin Islands, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Cuba, Panama and many others.

Cruising guides may contain information with regards to changes to major marine navigational routes and other potential hazards. The guides may also give advice about hotels, restaurants, sporting events and other attractions that are popular with visitors. If you are unsure about the local customs of the ports your voyage may take you to, be sure to consult a cruise guide for information and guidance.

Any navigational chart can tell its users that there is a beach at a certain location. A cruise guide can do much more, such as inform its users as to the best and most popular beaches. It can help surfers to locate beaches with the best waves and swimmers to locate beaches with clear and calm waters. A cruising guide works alongside official nautical charts and acts to supplement the information available to yachts and recreational vessels.

A crew that has been prepared for a voyage in a manner that includes study of a cruise guide is more prepared, and engaged, to meet and overcome any challenges that it may encounter. Further, cruise guides serve to enrich the experience of all who take part in recreational maritime activities. Know what to expect in any port along your route: consult a nautical cruising guide as part of your regular trip planning and carry at least one with other important navigational documents, such as charts and notices to mariners.

Browse the many nautical cruising guides available in our broad selection. We are sure to have a title for your destination.


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  • $54.95 $59.95
    The Cruising Guide to the Down East Circle Route (2nd Ed.) provides cruising directions for  yachtsmen seeking an adventure and the rewards that the most beautiful and unspoiled cruising  ground on the eastern seaboard of North America has to offer. Navigational details for: Hudson  River, Erie C...
  • $24.95
    By Steve Dodge, Professor of History, Millikin University, Third Edition. This is the only general, comprehensive history of Abaco, Bahamas available. Cover art by Randy Curry,; illustrated by Laurie Jones. 112 illustrations, photographs, and maps. Appendix on boatbuilding in Abaco. 282 pages.
  • $25.95 $29.95
    White Sound Press is pleased to announce the re-publication of the classic book on Bahamian Sailing Craft by William R. Johnson, Jr. First published in 1973 and long out of print, this second edition replicates the first and includes a new section on Haitian sloops. Beautiful line art and hand le...
  • $49.95 $59.95
    Cuba, the last unexplored cruising destination in the West Indies. It has more than 2,000 nautical miles of coastline, the reefs are pristine, isolated cays with white sand beaches are numerous and there are more anchorages than one could hope for. Is it true that a voyage to Cuba is akin to sail...
  • $28.95 $32.95
    This 30h edition of the only annually updated cruising guide to Abaco includes two new charts this year and updates for 17 of the other navigational charts and marina maps in the book. The accurate easy-to-read color charts are based on original hydrographic research and 45 years of local knowled...
  • $39.95 $49.95
    Cruising sailors around the world know that San Francisco Bay is an excellent cruising area, but few know of the multitude of destinations available here. Within a few hours’ sail of each other are the generally cool City Front and the often sunny Alameda Island, busy Sausalito and sleepy Petalum...