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Old 02-28-1999   #1
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Cruising Guides aboard Safari

Here is a quick list of some of the cruising guides we have on board for our cruise.

Reeds Nautical Almanac-North American East Coast
Publisher: Thomas Reed Publications
Contents: Overview of inlets, lat/long of major navigational aids, tides and currents for virtually every location (Bahamas and Bermuda included), radio frequencies and times for weather broadcasts.
Comments: This is not a cruising guide, but an invaluable reference that no boater should be without. We probably use this book more than any other in our cruising.

Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida & Cruising Guide to South Carolina and Georgia
Author: Claiborne S. Young
Publisher: John F. Blair, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Contents: Covers primarily Intracoastal Waterway navigational information, with anchorages and marinas. Provides history of each area, along with photos and sketches. Discusses navigability of most inlets along the coast.
Comments: These are good guides to have aboard. We find that it has almost all of the information that you need, but it is not always easy to find specific information quickly. We like the fact that there is no advertising in this reference book.

Southern Waterway Guide, Mid-Atlantic Waterway Guide & Northern Waterway Guide
Publisher: Intertec Publishing
Contents: Southern (all of Florida, the Bahamas and the Gulf Coast to Mexico) mid-Atlantic (Chesapeake Bay to northern Florida), northern (New England coast, Long Island Sound, Hudson River and the Triangle Loop) and lots of marina information and advertising in these publications. Covers most navigation and anchoring information needed for each area, as well as shore facilities.
Comments: Probably used by more boaters than any other guide. If you only want to buy three guides to take you from Maine to Mexico, these would be the ones. We found them our least favorite as they are oriented towards spending money at marinas. Every other page is a full-page advertisement.

A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast
Author: Hanke and Jan Taft
Publisher: Diamond Pass Publishing, Inc., Peaks Island, Maine.
Contents: Covers the entire coast of Maine and connecting parts of New Brunswick
Comments: The best cruising guidebook we've ever seen. Every other guidebook writer would do well to reorganize all of their information into the same clear, logical and useful manner in which this book is done.
The guide covers just about every nook and cranny of Maine you would want to try and visit, and rates each one as to beauty, interest, safe harbor, etc. It also covers interesting history of some of the ports and describes in detail much of the wildlife you will see from your boat.

- - S. H. and L.H.

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