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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  • $16.95 $19.95
    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...
  • $27.95 $29.95
    This 28th edition of the only annually updated cruising guide to Abaco includes updates for 16 of the 81 navigational charts and marina maps in the book including updates and expanded information on Sand Banks and Dont Rock passage. This edition also contains new information and suggestions for d...
  • $29.95
    Bob and Carolyn Mehaffy spent over a year on their Hardin 45 ketch, Carricklee, researching all of the anchorages and harbors on all the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, including Midway atoll. The result is the Cruising Guide to the Hawaiian Islands, Second Edition. This updated and revised edition i...
  • $27.95
    A new frontier for Caribbean cruisers is explored in this guide. New and existing yachting facilities, as well as proposed developments. Numerous GPS coordinates are among the first ever published. Also contains sketch charts for anchorages. Devoted to the piloting information you need to enter t...
  • $27.95
    This is the most updated version of the only seriously researched guide to this area. The book includes color aerial photos of many anchorages, clear and concise navigational charts, with information on things to do and places to go while on shore. The guide is linked to the author's website ...
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    One of the most complete guides ever written to this popular cruising area, 256 pages, 129 photos, 56 sketch charts, street maps, GPS waypoints and course lines to aid in navigation, covering Biscayne Bay, Hawk Channel, the shallow inside route, including the area from Miami to Key West and on...
  • $16.95 $19.95
    Abaco Waterproof Chart A single-sheet colour chart of Abaco and its Cays including waypoints and suggested courses. Companion chart for The Cruising Guide to Abaco, Bahamas.Provides excellent overview of entire cruising area. Walker's Cay to Hole-in-the-Wall on side one; and Florida to Abaco on s...
  • $73.95
    This well-established pilot, now in its third decade, covers the Azores, Canaries, Madeira and Cape Verde Islands. The sixth edition of Atlantic Islands builds on solid foundations - the author's long familiarity with the area, an invaluable network of local contacts, and the constant flow of inf...
  • $42.95 $49.95
    This third edition of the RCC's guide to the beautiful cruising coasts of Corsica, the Bouches de Bonifacio and Sardinia's island-studded north coast has been thoroughly updated and revised by John Marchment during 2013.Throughout there are changes to the plans and text and new photos have been i...
  • $56.95
    Cuba: A Cruising Guide is an absolutely indispensable guide for anyone planning a cruise. In researching this guide Nigel Calder left no stone unturned. His meticulous attention to detail, which has made his other books international bestsellers, shows on every page. This new edition contains a l...
  • $55.95
    This popular book covering the Caribbean from Grenada and Barbados to the Virgin Islands is a translation from Jacques Patuelli's original French version. Each island is dealt with in detail and pilotage notes are followed by tourist information and the usual data on formalities and facilities. ...
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    A guide to the French Mediterranean coast and the island of Corsica Rod Heikell. This is a comprehensive companion to the long coastline that ranges from Spain and the edge of the Pyrenees to the Alpes Maritimes and Italy. It covers the flat country of Languedoc-Roussillon, the coast of the Golfe...
  • $55.95
    Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America. 
  • $67.95
    Indonesia, East Timor, Singapore, West Thailand, Papua New Guinea  Davies & Morgan This is the first of the two-volume set of the Southeast Asia Cruising Guide to reach a second edition. It is the only guide that covers the entire length and breadth of a region frequently visited by round-the...
  • $29.95 $49.95
    Like its companions, West Aegean and East Aegean, Ionian contains detailed information on many of the smaller harbours and anchorages which cannot be covered as comprehensively in Rod Heikell's major guide, Greek Waters Pilot. These handy cruising companions are ideal for charterers and flotilla ...
  • $54.95 $64.95
    This is the only fully comprehensive pilot guide in English to Spain's Balearic Islands. This tenth edition of Islas Baleares - Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Cabrera and Menorca - has been thoroughly revised for the RCC Pilotage Foundation by Graham Hutt who has visited the islands during 2014. T...
  • $54.95
    This fully updated 6th edition has had a complete facelift and is now published in full colour in a new format. Throughout, the work has been updated, and in places, expanded. It now includes a list of useful waypoints and routes for the entire Mediterranean which are shown on overprinted charts ...
  • $59.95
    This new edition of the RCC PF's well known guide to the long Spanish Mediterranean coast between Gibraltar and Denia has been compiled by Graham Hutt who suceeds John Marchment as editor. This is an important pilot for yachts coming to and from Northwest Europe and the Atlantic from the Balearic...
  • $63.95
    Ocean Passages and Landfalls is a handbook for world cruisers. It provides invaluable passage-planning information for crossing the oceans, with discussions on climates, seasons, oceanography and the merits of different world cruising routes. The heart of the book is an ocean-by-ocean round-up, a...
  • $109.95
    A guide encompassing approximately 600,000 square miles of some of the best cruising grounds in the world. From the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the west to the gulf of Thailand in the East. A lot has happened since the first issue of Andaman Sea Pilot. New marinas, marinas under development, n...
  • $54.95
    Based on previously published cruising notes this guide provides sailing directions for all the countries surrounding the Black Sea. Packed with useful background information and supported by the RCCPF's access to the latest and often changing information this is an essential companion for anyone...
  • $24.95
    A summary of the legal requirements, procedures and protocols required upon entering and leaving popular cruising areas in the Caribbean. Includes many of the actual clearance forms. A great aid and time saver for the cruising skipper and crew.