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Cruising Guide to Belize and Mexico's Caribbean Coast, Including Guatemala's Rio Dulce Paperback – December, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Cruising Guide to Belize and Mexico's Caribbean Coast
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wescott Cove Pub. Co.; 2 Pap/Map edition (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091875223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918752239
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Just checked here for the availability of this guide and was suprized to see no review. Having recently returned from cruising with friends in Belize I can say that this guide is often the only chart info available inside the reef. If you intend to cruise Belize obtain all available charts of course but be sure to get this book. Capt. Rauscher has obviously spent countless hours charting Belizean waters and although they are really no more than sketches (and do not purport to be more) they are invaluable for piloting within the 10 fath. curve. The guide also includes sailing directions and commentary on the various destinations.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Grey on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I used this guide for pre-cruise planning and while on a 2 week charter in Belize last month. The book is well-written with good information. We cruised from Ambergris Cay to Placencia and found enough accuracy and detail to keep out of trouble (assuming you pay attention to your other sources of navigational information) and to make decisions about what to see and do. The sketch charts and regional maps provided were very helpful. Some of the assesments of the holding ground offered in various locations were a little more dire than we experienced. (We had a Delta, the author used a Bruce). Overall, the guide is well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patty Lamberson on March 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
...We used your books for years to guide cruisers passing thru New Haven, Belize. Your guide is the most accurate and informative of it's kind on southern Belize and the Rio Dulce...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Redd on April 6, 2013
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The book is the first of three editions. Many things have changed between the three books. It is good for ballast
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By Curtis Collins on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
An impressive work -- especially true given the extensive and complex waters of Belize.

I have cruised and skippered charters in Belize since 2005. Freya's guide is very accurate (only a few inaccuracies or omissions that I have found) and is the only comprehensive source of up-to-date navigation information on Belize.
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More About the Author

Freya Rauscher graduated in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and completed research in Medical Anthropology and Mesoamerican Archeology. She holds a Master 100-ton Coast Guard Captain's license and has logged over 60,000 nautical miles cruising the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic. Freya was the spinnaker designer for Hood Sails and later worked for North Sails in Florida. She is currently teaching high school math and science. Freya, and her husband Tom, built a custom 33-foot sloop, and now cruise aboard their 42-foot Kadey Krogen trawler.

"We first sailed this coast in 1984 as participants in the St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres Race. The inspiration for this guidebook came shortly after discovering that the entire coast desperately lacked good harbor charts to show cruising yachtsmen where to go and how to get there safely. We have logged over 8,000 nautical miles exploring this coast, personally investigating every pass, channel and anchorage suggested in this book."