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Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, 14th edition Spiral-bound – December 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands
  • Spiral-bound: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications; 14th (2009-2011) ed edition (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094442886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944428863
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Nancy and Simon Scott are well qualified to write a guide book on the Virgin Islands, as they met while cruising in these fabulous islands in 1974. Managing a major bareboat charter company for the next eight years in the Virgins enabled them to see things through the eyes of both the cruising yachtsman and the charterer. Now living in Florida, Simon continues his work in the marine field, while Nancy manages the offices of Cruising Guide Publications. Several trips a year, sailing with their two daughters, keeps the Scotts informed and involved in the happenings above and below the sparkling blue waters of the Virgin Islands.

More About the Author

Orphaned by World War II, Van Sant worked his way through childhood at dozens of crazy jobs. He learned to sail early by borrowing sailing skiffs from beach lifeguards. After university he got a job and a sailboat with a plan that, when the sailboats got big enough, he'd get out of the rat race and go sailing to simpler places for a simpler life.

He spent four decades of cruising, working, writing and speaking in countries of Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, picking up six languages along the way, four of which he used well enough to make a living on local economies. By 1979 he had settled into cruising the myriad islands between Florida and South America.

Having long ago "copped out" or "gone Galt", Van Sant no longer copes as a tiny cog in the big machines of the so-called developed countries. He got used to living freely, without every step insured or hobbled by cat's cradles of regulations, government programs, monthly bills and nettling bosses. He lives without ever-present signs of "NO smoking", "NO fishinig", "No swimming, loitering, littering, entry, passing, parking in the park -- NO!".

The younger, freer America where he grew up haunts visits home, where he finds himself longing to escape to the America of his youth. He always did the next best thing and sailed away again. If you want to escape, he can tell you how. You can read some of his and others' adventures in world cruising in Margarita Cat.

Van Sant has, alas, sold his last boat and lives ashore with his wife Rosa in their home, Kembali ke Tanah, high over the sea in the Dominican Republic. See Kembali at www.LuperonCruising.com.

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Great pictures of bays, informative navigational tips.
Black
Great information that is helping plan a schedule for our trip to the BVI.
Paul A. Erdmann
I did like it better with the spiral binding in the earlier editions.
K. S. Duffield Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By David W. Paule on October 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
My main impression is that the book has as many ads as a magazine. I picked ten pages at random and six of them had ads. It does seem to be a reasonably good cruising guide, and many of the ads are topical, but some information is sparse, e.g., lengths of suggested walks or hikes ashore is missing. But the book does include much information.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan B. Scholl on January 8, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
I recently did a sailing course in the BVI and this book came as part of the package. It was an invaluable asset to sailing in the Virgin Islands and I highly recommend it before going there. Details on restaurants, places to anchor for the day and overnight anchorages. This is a great reference book!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Duffield Jr. on March 12, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
If you only had one publication to take on a trip to the Virgin Islands this would be it. The updates are good which means their research is working and I am really pleased to see the return to a spiral binding. This works so well when you want it to stay opened to a particular page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BVIBob on February 13, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
It's a good cruising guide, really the only one out there and sufficient to plan a trip to the BVIs. Note that this one isn't the current version - the 2011-2013 version just came out (a week after I bought this one) and it's the same price. Check out TravelTalkOnline for a seller who will ship the current version.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Duffield Jr. on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I wouldn't sail the Virgin Islands without the latest copy of this guide. It is one of the better cruising guides to the busiest charter area in the world. I did like it better with the spiral binding in the earlier editions. Much easier to turn to a section and leave it open.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vance Weldon on November 14, 2009
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" Cruising Guide to the Vergin Islands" is a wonderful wish book if you are getting ready to go to the Islands for a charter vacation. It is loaded with information on routes, anchorages, what to do ashore, what to eat at the many out of the way places located on the coves and harbors scattered around the Vergin Islands. It's divided between the Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands to keep things simple. It even gives some insight on how real estate can be had if you want to Live the dream..Even a chart so you can plot your routes around the Islands. Good reading even if you never make the trip.
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I purchased this book prior to a sailing trip through the British Virgin Islands. My family has bareboat chartered in other locations before, but was our first trip to the BVI. This guide was outstanding - gave thorough information about anchoring, mooring and also activities and amenities to enjoy on the various islands. I would highly recommend purchasing this book prior to boating in the Virgin Islands. There is so much to do - we plan to go back next year - we couldn't get to all of the great places this year on a 9 day trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Clancy on May 10, 2009
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This is the third cruising guide that I have purchased for the VI over the years, this one lives up to my high expectations for content and relevance.
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