Cruising Notes: Things to Know Before You Go
This book offers a “how to” discussion for sailors interested in throwing off their dock lines and heading to sea for extended cruising. The authors each have more than 40 years of sailing and thousands of miles logged at sea in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and, more to the point of this book, the west coasts of North and Central America – including several Baja Ha Ha’s and Baja Bashes. They have also conducted seminars for many years, helping thousands of sailors prepare for cruising.
Divided into two sections, the first section of the book covers all aspects of cruising, from the selection and preparation of a boat, the costs involved, navigation, anchoring, weather, and the myriad of other issues that may arise. The second section of the book focuses specifically on transiting the Pacific coasts of the Americas from Puget Sound to as far south as Panama, with descriptions of the many ports of call such as Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, and the infinite smaller, more intimate anchorages tucked in along the way. But, equally important, the book’s discussion of getting from wherever you are to wherever you want to go is relevant to virtually all destinations beyond the horizon.