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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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  • $42.95 $44.95
    Updated annually, the Waterway Guide Atlantic ICW 2020 edition is the indispensable cruising companion for boaters exploring the Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk, VA to the Florida border.The guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina list...
  • $42.95 $44.95
    Updated annually, the Waterway Guide Bahamas 2020 edition is the indispensable cruising companion for boaters exploring the Bahamas Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.The guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina listings and locator...
  • $42.95 $44.95
    Updated annually, the Waterway Guide Chesapeake Bay 2020 edition is the indispensable cruising companion for boaters exploring the Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware Bay and the Delmarva Atlantic coast from Cape May to Norfolk.The guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography w...
  • $42.95 $44.95
    Updated annually, the Waterway Guide Southern 2020 edition is the indispensable cruising companion for boaters exploring Florida's East coast, the St. John's River, the Okeechobee Waterway, the Keys, Florida's West coast and the Gulf of Mexico to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The guide features mil...
  • $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...
  • $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...
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    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 ...
  • $24.95
    From the back cover: This is the fourth edition of the Drinking Man's Guide and is now more appropriately named the Drinking and Eating Guide to the BVI to include some of the better eateries in the islands. Each bar/restaurant has been invited to submit one or two of its specialty dishes with a ...
  • $29.95 $32.95
    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...
  • $64.95 $74.95
    Atlantic Spain and Portugal is the classic guide to this varied coast which includes the rias of of Galicia, the estuaries of the Douro and Tejo with Lisbon, the Algarve and then the coast of Andalucia down to Gibraltar. It's the essential companion for yachts making passage to the Mediterranean ...
  • $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...
  • $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...
  • $39.95 $49.95
    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...
  • $54.95 $64.95
    This eleventh edition of Islas Baleares, covering Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Cabrera and Menorca, has been revised and updated for the RCC Pilotage Foundation by David and Susie Baggaley, whose Beneteau 42, Kookaburra has been based in Addaya, Menorca for several years. In their research for th...
  • $42.95 $44.95
    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 ...