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The Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California: Golden Gate to Ensenada, Mexico, Including the Offshore Islands Paperback – September 27, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071374647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071374644
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "One of the best cruising guides we have ever seen." - National Fisherman * "An exceptional book providing the best descriptions of the nature and causes of the various Channel Island weather systems." - SAIL * "This is the most complete set of sailing directions to come off the presses since the first coast surveys were attempted in the early 1800s." - SEA

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"An exceptional book."--SAIL

The Definitive Guide for Sailors and Powerboaters

The coast of Central and Southern California offers some of the most extraordinary--and challenging--cruising in the world. Whether you're planning a cruise of the Channel Islands, a weekend on Catalina Island, or an offshore passage around Point Conception, you'll want expert guidance. The Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California provides comprehensive coverage of all the anchorages and harbors from the Golden Gate Bridge to Ensenada, Mexico, including the offshore islands. It includes historical background, information on local weather and cruising conditions, passagemaking strategies for sailors and powerboaters, and photographs of all ports and anchorages as they appear from the water. Brian Fagan has sailed these waters for over thirty years and has visited every port and anchorage in the book, most of them many times. His Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California will give you all the information you need for a safe, comfortable, and spectacular cruise.

"One of the best cruising guides we have ever seen."--National Fisherman

"This is the most complete set of sailing directions to come off the presses since the first coast surveys were attempted in the early 1800s."--SEA magazine


More About the Author

Brian Fagan was born in England and studied archaeology at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum, Zambia, from 1959-1965. During six years in Zambia and one in East Africa, he was deeply involved in fieldwork on multidisciplinary African history and in monuments conservation. He came to the United States in 1966 and was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2004, when he became Emeritus.
Since coming to Santa Barbara, Brian has specialized in communicating archaeology to general audiences through lecturing, writing, and other media. He is regarded as one of the world's leading archaeological and historical writers and is widely respected popular lecturer about the past. His many books include three volumes for the National Geographic Society, including the bestselling Adventure of Archaeology. Other works include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of archaeologists and tourists along the Nile, and four books on ancient climate change and human societies, Floods, Famines, and Emperors (on El Niños), The Little Ice Age, and The Long Summer, an account of warming and humanity since the Great Ice Age. His most recent climatic work describes the Medieval Warm Period: The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. His other books include Chaco Canyon: Archaeologists Explore the Lives of an Ancient Society and Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World and Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age gave birth to the First Modern Humans. His recently published Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind extends his climatic research to the most vital of all resources for humanity.
Brian has been sailing since he was eight years old and learnt his cruising in the English Channel and North Sea. He has sailed thousands of miles in European waters, across the Atlantic, and in the Pacific. He is author of the Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California, which has been a widely used set of sailing directions since 1979. An ardent bicyclist, he lives in Santa Barbara with his life Lesley and daughter Ana.

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It has great details, suggestions and pictures.
Bridget Royston
It basically tells you all the places to go to, the best way to get there, and things to avoid when getting there (i.e. shallow reefs).
AS Roma
This is a great guide if you plan on visiting the Channel Islands.
W. Bischoff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ed S. Huckins on November 8, 2002
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We have used Brian Fagans guidebooks from SD to SF for many years, but this is the best of the lot. We recently led a cruise to the Channel Islands, and made this a "must" for the cruisers, all of whom praised it highly. Really THE guidebook to coastal cruising in Central-Southern California---and a bargain!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Warren Johnson on January 3, 2002
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From a recent sailing trip out of Santa Barbara through the channel islands I can tell you that this book is invaluable. His treatment of safe ports and refuges (arranged very well but conditions) was fantastic and kept us out of danger.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ferry on November 6, 2007
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I found this book to contain many useful tidbits of information, especially about prevailing weather conditions. The author gives insightful and non obvious ways for determining the approach of Santa Ana's which itself is probably worth the price of the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Walley on July 26, 2007
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This is a good book for those interested in cruising the west coast, you can always get something out of the book if you plan to make that trip up the coast, lots of good information to research and make plans from.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2007
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After cruising in the Pacific NW for the past two years using the Douglass and Hemingway guides and the Waggoner Guide, we were admittedly spoiled. If that's the quality you expect, you won't get it here. On the other hand, we couldn't find an alternative, and this is better than nothing. The harbor diagrams were nice, but there aren't enough of them and what there are don't provide enough detail. The landmarks mentioned in the text often don't appear in the diagrams. We also noticed inaccuracies, but this could be due to time. For example, the fuel dock in Morro Bay wasn't where the guide said it was. However, the woman at the Visitor Information Center also thought it was in the direction indicated in the book. (For others looking for it, it's across from marker 12, not beyond 18.)
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By David Hornung on January 14, 2014
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This is a great, super informative book for your ship's library if you are cruising California!! Must have guide book!
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By Bridget Royston on January 12, 2014
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Cruised up and down the coast of SoCal and the Channel Islands using the information in this book. It has great details, suggestions and pictures. There isnt another book out there for SoCal as good as this one. I think without the book, you would miss out on some real gems.
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By Sunkissed on December 16, 2013
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I got this for my son for celebrating his new ownership of a boat. Now he can navigate much easier in the ports here in So. CA. Thanks so much!
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