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Cuba: A Cruising Guide

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product no: 19910
author: Nigel Calder
publisher: Imray
edition: Revised Edition
edition date: April 1999
pages: 264
size: 216 x 280 x 18 mm
weight: 1 kg
format: Paperback
sales rank: 11789

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Cuba is a unique island at a turning point in its history. It is almost the last major destination in the Caribbean unexplored by the cruising community. For thirty-five years this island on the doorstep of America has been off-limits - a tantalizing Shangri-La hidden behind an iron curtain of gunboats and coastal defenses. In recent years, the iron curtain has been lifted; tourists, including sailors, are welcome. The one remaining bar to cruising the island has been the lack of a good, widelyavailable, cruising guide. But not anymore.

Cuba: A Cruising Guide dispels the navigational fog that has long surrounded the island. In researching this guide Nigel Calder left no stone unturned. His meticulous attention to detail, which has made his other books international best sellers, shows in every page. The information in this book is condensed from over $3,000 in Cuban, American and British charts, supplemented with archival materials from the British Admiralty and the DMA, and checked, tested and corrected with the latest in satellite-based chartmaking technology.

This 1999 revised edition contains a large number of revisions, an updated introductory section and includes the addition of a section of colour plates.There are almost 200 sketch charts, showing details of well over 200 anchorages, with entry waypoints for each and everyone. The charts are supplemented by excellent horizon sketches drawn by Nigel's artist wife, Teresa Frisbie-Calder.

There has never been a cruising guide with sketch charts of this caliber , or with this amount of detail. This guide sets a new standard. For anyone contemplating or planning a cruise in Cuban waters, it is an absolutely indispensable resource. With this book, the navigational mysteries surrounding Cuba are dispersed once and for all, and the island is finally opened up to full enjoyment by cruising sailors worldwide.

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This handbook shows you not only how to select and equip a boat for coastal and offshore cruising, but also how to sail and navigate it. Covering all this in one volume is a monumental task, one not attempted since the pioneers of blue-water voyaging wrote the first generation of cruising bibles decades ago.

Since that simpler, more spartan era, the typical cruising sailboat has become faster and more comfortable, but also more complex. Even as they've made distant horizons more reachable, the marvels of modern technology have paradoxically raised the ante on the entry-level skills required for cruising. Small wonder then that books about boat handling and seamanship have little to say about the special demands of cruising, while books about cruising presuppose a mastery of the fundamentals of seamanship and navigation.

Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook presupposes nothing. It sifts through, organizes, and makes sense of the hundred disciplines of the cruising avocation. It will help you through your first coastal hop or your umpteenth offshore passage. Here you will find:

  • Comprehensive coverage of cruising sailboat design
  • The elements of a comfortable interior and a workable deck presented in depth
  • The background you need to decide which of today's technological advancements may detract from rather than add to your cruising enjoyment
  • Thorough coverage of cruising skills, from boat handling to transoceanic voyaging
  • Fresh wrinkles for even the most experienced sailors

Compiling in one volume all the knowledge needed for successful cruising under sail, Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook provides an inestimable service for sailors. There is nothing else like it.

'If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and could choose only one book to help get you off, this is the book.'
- Patience Wales, Editor, SAIL

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The classic How to Read a Nautical Chart explains every aspect of electronic and paper nautical charts: how a chart is assembled, how to gauge the accuracy of chart data, how to read charts created by other governments, how to use information such as scale, projection technique and datum that every chart contains; how not to get fooled or run aground by overzooming.

Nigel Calder teaches you how to squeeze every ounce of information out of a nautical chart (on your GPS, chartplotter, or nav station) and understand the limits of accuracy for all charts, paper and electronic, raster and vector. This much-awaited second edition addresses the changes in the world of electronic charting, integrated onboard navigation systems, as well as radar overlays and AIS and their interfacing with charts.

A new chapter on the Wiki Revolution explores the mechanisms allowing you to incorporate user-generated content into navigational products and share this content with others?harnessing a user-base never before possible. Calder also explores how 3D-technology and real-time depth and weather information is creating interactive charting capacities that are fundamentally changing how we navigate.

Calder's unique, practical insights will help you to navigate safely for years to come.
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