Jan 26, 2023

January weather got you down? Dive into a Cruise guide (from Canada or down south) and get away from it all.

Dreamspeaker VancouverA Dreamspeaker Cruising Guide Vol. 3: Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast
by Yeadon-Jones, Ann & Laurence Yeadon-Jones
CAD $51.95

4th ed. This third volume in the Dreamspeaker series offers chartlets, tips, and data for cruising the Strait of Georgia’s eastern shoreline, including metropolitan Vancouver and nearby Indian Arm and Howe Sound. Also covers northwest from Gibsons up the Sunshine Coast and, Princess Louisa Inlet, and Jebediah Island. Updated edition reflects a changing coast, with new microbreweries, marinas, parks and restaurants to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PORTS Cruising GuidePORTS Cruising Guide: Lake Ontario & The Thousand Islands
by Ritchie, Craig & Allegra Smith-Herriot
CAD $79.95

Freshly updated, PORTS is the most complete cruising guide to American and Canadian Lake Ontario destinations and also covers the Thousand Islands as far downriver as Prescott. Inside you’ll find sailing directions, town maps, GPS waypoints, full-colour aerial photographs, and hundreds of cruising tips. Plus there’s detailed information on anchorages, moorings, yacht clubs, shoreside facilities, and nearby restaurants, shopping, and provisioning outlets. An invaluable resource. One free download is included with purchase of the guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea of CortezSea of Cortez: A Cruiser’s Guidebook
by Breeding, Shawn & Heather Bansmer
CAD $87.95

4th ed. A comprehensive guide detailing the remote and pristine anchorages of the Baja peninsula and Mexican mainland within the Sea of Cortez. The harbors and anchorages listed in this guide are illustrated with over 100 GPS accurate chartlets, derived from satellite photography and first-hand exploration. GPS waypoints, along with prime anchorage locations, accompany each chartlet. Important cruising information such as weather, HAM and SSB radio nets, customs and immigration information, marina locations and layouts, fuel availablity, boat haulout facilities and marine chandleries are among many of the features detailed throughout this guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adriatic PilotAdriatic Pilot: Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro
by Thompson, Trevor & Dinah Thompson
CAD $109.95

8th ed. Covers the Adriatic from Albania via Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia to Trieste, Venice, and along the eastern coast of Italy to Brindisi.
The only English guide to the Venice lagoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruising Guide Virgin IslandsThe Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands
by Scott, Simon
CAD $62.95

22nd.The most popular guide for anyone sailing, diving or fishing the British or U.S. Virgin Islands. This edition is packed with the latest information on navigation (including key GPS coordinates), customs and immigration regulations, weather, communications, marinas, haul-out facilities, chandleries, dive services, shore-side services, shopping, and an indispensable wealth of other valuable information. Many sketch charts, photos, some advertising, and piloting information blended with local history. Spectacular colour aerial photos. Includes a colour planning chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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