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Wonder what cruising guides folks have found most helpful for B/USVI and eastern Caribbean? Prefer paper rather than e books for this function as usually read in cockpit.Thanks
 

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I cruise those areas and use the Doyle guides and am very happy with them.

He has all the waypoints in the guides available for download to your GPS.
 

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Thanks much all. Does it matter much if they are 2013-2014. Leaving before the November 2014-15 editions come out. It not like Bahamas where everything moves is it?
 

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Should not matter that much.
 

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For the Virgins, we've had good luck with this:

The 2013-2014 Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands | Cruising Guides

We also liked the Doyle guide for the Grenadines--available from the same site.
That guide is the one that I used two years ago.

If you book your charter through Ed-Hamilton Company, they'll send you that cruising guide for free. Using the broker did not cost me any more, in fact they got me an additional 5% off beyond the discount that I had found on my own.
 

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Thanks 5 but on my own boat.
That's fine. There are dozens of others who will read this thread who may be planning to charter down there, and could benefit from this information.
 

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You're right it's good info to share. Appreciate K' s re assurance as well.
 

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Doyle's guides not only give the navigation side of cruising, but also a head's up on the officials (their hours and costs), touring, shopping and eating ashore. Really can't be beat his guides and you'll wish he made them for everywhere if you move beyond them.
The Virgins however, are covered very well by Nancy and Simon Scott's book, Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands.
Most of the important info doesn't change significantly, so if you buy a current guide it will last many years as you are learning the changes from personal experience, if you sail the area more than once. Under no circumstances trust any buoy or light information, from the guides or charts. Use your eyes and common sense, only. Things can change overnight and they aren't too swift to replace or reposition buoys that have gone off station down this way.
 
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