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Question Caribbean navigation

I'd like some suggestions on navigation books for the Caribbean and South America. Currents, trade winds....time of year. I'm looking at a fairly broad area from the Bahamas, Coata Rica, Grenada to Brazil.

I'd appreciate suggestion of books that Ya'll have found helpful, but mostly maps of currents and seas at different times of the year, etc

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Get the Explorer Chartbooks for these areas, and use this website for currents, wind, storms. Just change the month in the URL that you are interested in. For example, this URL covers november.
http://msi.nga.mil/MSISiteContent/St...106/106nov.pdf

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Get out your credit card and go to Cruising Guides

Also have a look at Chris Parker's Wx book at Marine Weather Center - Marine Weather Books

BTW, its' not easy to get from Grenada to Brazil without going to Bermuda, Canaries and Cape Verde Islands. Buy pilot charts for the North and South Atlantic, study the winds and currents and you'll see what I mean. Grenada to Brazil is a great example of "you can't get there from here" (without bashing your brains out for a month or more).
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Not really seeing what I'm looking for.....currents, tides, winds and best routes. I don't mind spending some, but it's hard to figure out what these books have in them.

Would really like to find a few large maps with currents and winds.


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Would really like to find a few large maps with currents and winds.
Go to Search and buy the first two items on the page -- the Atlas of Pilot Charts for the North Atlantic and Caribbean, and the same for the South Atlantic. It will have everything you're looking for.

There's a chart for each month of the year showing.....well, it shows a lot. Spend some time reading the ledgends and you'll figure them out. They are the essential planning tools for long ocean passages.
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Better yet.....go here

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Thanks! I was getting lost in the vast amount of data I was getting from google. This looks good.


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Billy - free is relative - If I am out there somewhere and need the pilot chart what do I do? If I want to print them all off and bind them - that shoots the heck out of free.

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Jimmy Cornells book World Cruising Routes is a summary of lots of information about the routes commonly used to get from one place to another. I have heard people diss his book as merely a rehash of info available elsewhere and that is certainly true - but it is a single volume with a huge amount of information in it distilled from the experience of lots and lots of cruisers - if you are wondering how to get from Point A to Point B it is worth looking at his book to see how most folks do it given prevailing winds and currents. You can certainly get more detail from other sources but Jimmy Cornell would be the first one to tell you that as well
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Billy - free is relative - If I am out there somewhere and need the pilot chart what do I do? If I want to print them all off and bind them - that shoots the heck out of free.

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Rik, Download them to your hard drive and take them with you. But then, the hard drive can fail.... when paper won't.
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