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Who make the best cruising guides?

I am getting ready to depart for Mexico and then the South Pacific. This is my first serious cruise and am wondering who makes the best guides for these areas? Also, is it best to get the guides before you depart or is it best to get them as you go? Thanks for any information.
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I think you really need to get them before you go. Don't you want to do a little planning ? I really don't know where you could get them after you depart. Do you have charts ?
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Yes, I have paper and electronic charts for the first year of my trip but still have to get the cruising guides.
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Jimmy Cornell is a pretty big name in world route guides.
http://books.google.com/books?as_aut...print&ct=title

Noonsite has a load of info that is always being updated.
http://www.noonsite.com/

Also, consult NGA pubs like the World Port Index, and Sailing Directions:
http://www.nga.mil/portal/site/maritime/
(choose publications from the menu on the left, then find what you need in the menu options drop down box)
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While Cornell's book and website are both good references, who publishes the best specific cruising guides will vary by area or region.
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I am getting ready to depart for Mexico and then the South Pacific. This is my first serious cruise and am wondering who makes the best guides for these areas? Also, is it best to get the guides before you depart or is it best to get them as you go? Thanks for any information.
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I'm not sure where you will get them in the US but have a look at Boat Books New Zealand. They have a good listing of available South Pacific cruising guides which I'm sure you can obtain in the US. If not BB NZ do mail order. http://boatbooks.co.nz/

South Pacific Anchorages by Warwick Clay and the Royal Cruising Clubs 'Pacific Crossing Guide' are both worthwhile. Cornell's World Cruising Routes and World Cruising Handbook are highly regarded.

If you are coming as far as Australia and/or New Zealand there are some very good guides for both countries available from either Boat Books Australia (http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/) or New Zealand. The two businesses are not connected as far as I am aware nor am I in any way connected with either except by my Visa card bill.
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