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A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: Olympia to Port Angeles Spiral-bound – January 6, 2005

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"This would be a welcome addition to the library of any Puget Sound sail- or powerboat owner. It could well become a hit among landlubbers searching for that elusive Sound-side getaway." - The Seattle Times "Simply, every local boater should have a dog-eared, well-thumbed copy of this guide as a permanent feature in the nautical library." - 48 North "Everything a yachtsman's pilot ought to be: shipshape and workmanlike in its approach, unusually well written, very thoughtfully researched...." - Jonathan Raban"

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"Simply put, every local boater should have a dog-eared, well-thumbed copy [of this guide] as a permanent feature in the nautical library."―48° North

A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands has earned an outstanding reputation for the accuracy of its piloting instructions, the clarity of its writing, and the high quality of its information. This second edition includes color photos and nautical chart segments throughout, as well as:

    Approaches and anchorages for hundreds of bays, harbors, and inlets―many with annotated charts
  • Weather, tides, currents, and commercial traffic patterns
  • Local history and attractions
  • 240 full-color photos
  • 75 color chartlets
  • Larger size and lay-flat binding for ease of use

With at-a-glance ratings of every harbor and anchorage, A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands is the definitive resource for Pacific Northwest cruising.

"Everything a yachtsman's pilot ought to be: shipshape and workmanlike in its approach, unusually well written, very thoughtfully researched."―Jonathan Raban, bestselling author, Waxwings: A Novel and Passage to Juneau

"All the necessary nuts and bolts about navigating local waters is found in A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound. . . . A welcome addition to the library of any Puget Sound sail- or powerboat owner."―Seattle Times

"An elegant, beautiful book. . . . For even those few boaters who think they know all Puget Sound has to offer, this invaluable reference guide will introduce them to hundreds of new places yet to explore."―48° North

"An encyclopedic sailing guide to area waters, written with exhaustive first-hand research to almost every cove and inlet, and complemented with a remarkable series of maps, charts, and pictures."―Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A keeper for my 'to take cruising' box."―Sailing

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 320 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 2 edition (January 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071420398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071420396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David A. Houpt on August 11, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This is an excelent book for Puget Sound boaters, A DEFINATE MUST BUY!

It is very easy to find locations and is up to date. A crusing guide lists, Beauty/interest, Protection, Facilities, Latitude and longitude, Phone numbers and web sites of marinas, parks, etc. It also has many wonderful color pictures of area atractions, plus charts and tidal curent charts

This is a much better book than Gunkholing in the South Puget Sound which is eight years out of date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina on June 14, 2007
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This is a must have boaters book if you live in the Puget Sound area. Very detailed in the points of interest, each one is clearly described and rated. Some charting is included for difficult harbors, approaches are described. This gives us (new boaters and new Washingtonians) a great place to start in our explorations. Highly recommended!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Cox on August 28, 2005
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An excellent guide to this outstanding cruising area; obviously well researched and very well written and compiled. From a pilotage viewpoint, it could be improved with a few, more detailed "chartlets" of some of the more difficult approaches and port/dock entries, but the first rate collection of photographs and especially the superb aerial photographs (by Neil Rabinowitz) provide make up for this very minor deficiency.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patty Star on September 4, 2014
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A must have for cruising down sound or in the San Juan Islands. There are not any good cruising books for South Sound and this was and still is a "Bible" of information. I live in the San Juan Islands and we gleaned more information about our own waters. Highly recommend this book. ONE THING THOUGH.....American Camp anchorage is NOT protected from south westerlies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Heinz on May 14, 2009
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With this book at your helm, you'll navigate Puget Sound with confidence. A beautiful, accurate, indispensable guide.
The other reviewers say it all -- This is a fine cruisng guide.
Wayne Heinz, author of, How to Catch Salmon, Sturgeon, Lingcod, Rockfish, and Halibut Along the Pacific Coast: Fish On!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DGL on June 20, 2013
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Nicely put-togther book. Well thought-out. Nice photos, mini-charts, and explanations. A bit dated (2005 version). Some information is obsolete. I wish there was a newer version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Silva on August 23, 2008
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Excellent guide book with great information (docking, fuel, eateries, malls, to do lists) for cruising the Puget Sound area. It has become part of the boat library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Ferris on August 9, 2006
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Very informative, well written, nice layout. Looking forward to much more future use! If I find gunkholing the Gulf Isl by same author next, I'm buying it!
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