Caribbean Passagemaking, 2nd edition


The chain of islands from the Virgins to the southern Caribbean is considered one of the most desirable tropical cruising grounds for any sailor. While the Caribbean Sea is a forgiving sea to sail, understanding the unique conditions and challenges presented by these waters can make the difference between a hard voyage and smooth sailing. Learning how to sail in harmony with the winds and currents that surround the Virgins, the Windwards, and the Leewards is key to making your ...

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The chain of islands from the Virgins to the southern Caribbean is considered one of the most desirable tropical cruising grounds for any sailor. While the Caribbean Sea is a forgiving sea to sail, understanding the unique conditions and challenges presented by these waters can make the difference between a hard voyage and smooth sailing. Learning how to sail in harmony with the winds and currents that surround the Virgins, the Windwards, and the Leewards is key to making your Caribbean sailing experience a good one!

This updated second edition of Caribbean Passagemaking is an entertaining mine of information for the sun-soaked passage planner as well as the dreamer back home. Here is the full, vital background to help skipper and crew enjoy sailing the Caribbean islands.

Topics include:

How to achieve easier passagemaking and sail in comfort

Which are the safe and easy harbors

How to spot the weather windows

Prevailing winds and currents

Ideal equipment for Caribbean waters

Plus a wealth of practical, down-to-earth hints and tips.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The word practical keeps coming to mind in describing this book...Take a copy with you and I'm sure it will be dog-eared by the time you return."—Atlantic Boating News
Midwest Book Review
There's more than sunny beaches to enjoy in the Caribbean. Caribbean Passagemaking: A Cruiser's Guide is a guide to planning a trip through the Caribbean islands when one is in the charge of a ship's path through the islands. For the captain of a small vessel who is planning on taking their friends and family through quite the trip through these tropical isles, with a certain degree of practicality as the focus. With tips on comfort, finding good harbors, watching the weather, and being equipped for anything, Caribbean Passagemaking is a strongly recommended pick that shouldn't be overlooked for any person who enjoys do-it-yourself travel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574093087
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/2011
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,449,607
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

From novice deckhand to trans-Atlantic navigator, Les Weatheritt, a reasearch economist, has sailed throughout the Caribbean and back-and-forth to Europe for nearly 20 years. A self-taught sailor, Les and his partner Gloria live on a 60' narrow boat near Bath in southwest England.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Pinch yourself 1

Columbus and me 1

Hitting the harmonic beat 2

The enchanted chain 4

Into the Virgins 7

Leeward and Windward 8

A simple passage plan 11

1 Coming to terms 13

What is this place they call the Caribbean? 13

The three regions of the Caribbean Chain 15

When the music of the empires stopped 18

2 The secret to your simple passage plan 21

Knocking on Aries' door 21

Prime is a small number 23

The passagemaking logic of the Virgins 25

Pilot books 26

Sea charts-fine food for Joshua's goat 28

A plot full of roses-those amazing pilot charts 29

Navigation techniques-GPS is better than a hungry pig 29

Taking comfort from others-those daring bareboat charterers 32

Surprise, surprise-sunset, sunrise 33

Staying put is no fluke-good ground tackle 34

3 The sea that flows 39

The Caribbean current 39

What a swell ocean this is 41

The mystery of tides 44

A lunar solution 45

A twist in the tale 45

4 The wind that blows 47

Constant like the Trade Winds 48

The Intertropical Convergence Zone-the Doldrums 50

Santa's clause-the Christmas winds 51

Summer waves 53

Out through a window 53

Local factors affecting winds 55

Tropical squalls 57

Well, just listen to that-weather forecasts 58

Hurricanes-something significant in the weather 63

Better to be hit by a simulation 68

Thank you, Buys Ballot 70

In a hurricane hole and digging 72

Names to remember 76

Testing the predictions 79

A breath of a boy, and his shy little sister 81

Global warming and/or extreme weather 81

Take to the hills 82

Picture this-a reading list for weather forecasting 83

5 The land that glows 84

From the gates of hell-the day St Pierre died 85

Still too hot to handle 86

Don't Kick-'em-jenny 88

Drive-in volcano 91

Get the book out 91

6 A people to know 92

Separated by a common language 93

Sugar and spice-no basis for an economy 94

Giving back-community relations 97

The good, the bad and the boat boys 98

7 Island passages 101

Sharp points of perspective 101

Bouncing checks on the banks 102

Road map of the ups and downs 102

Easy days among the Virgins 103

Go with ease 104

The long goodbye 107

All hail to e-clearance 110

Times of change 111

8 Tips to easier passages 112

Going south through the chain 112

Going north through the chain 130

9 Island guides 142

St Thomas 142

St John 144

Tortola 145

Virgin Gorda 148

Jost Van Dyke 149

Minor islands of the BVI 151

St Martin/Sint Maarten 151

St Barts, Saint-Barthélemy 157

Statia, Sint Eustatius 158

St Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis 158

Antigua 163

Guadeloupe 167

The Saintes, Iles des Saintes 171

Dominica 172

Martinique 175

St Lucia 178

St Vincent & the Grenadines 181

Grenada 193

Trinidad & Tobago 201

Another point of perspective-comparative costs of living 215

10 Islands off the list 217

St Croix 217

Anegada 217

Anguilla 218

Saba 218

Montserrat-paradise postponed 218

Barbuda 220

Marie-Galante and La Desirade 221

Barbados 221

11 Staying in touch 222

VHF radio nets-a treasure from the bilge 222

SSB-a fine net to be caught in 222

Coffee and cookies-finger-licking email cafes 223

Sailing newspapers 224

Security-lock it or lose it 224

Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday-not OK in this corral 229

12 Health and hazards 230

Dehydration 230

Sunburn 230

Mosquitoes and Dengue Fever 231

Sand flies 232

Snakes and other biters 232

Don't bite the bad apple-manchineel trees 233

So that's gravity-falling nuts 233

Poisoned fish-don't smoke the ciguatera 234

Fish are biting 234

Jolly jelly fish 235

Lionfish 235

Coral scratches 235

Cockroaches and their friends 235

Hospitals and health centers 236

13 Entertainment 237

Stretching your legs-best walks 237

Diving 238

Don't break the bank-taking care of coral 238

Whale of a time 239

Turning turtle 239

14 In your own wake 241

Staying on 241

Fitting out for the tropics 241

Shopping and sailing 242

Ventilation 244

Sun protection 245

Personal care 245

Electricity generation 246

Clean diesel 246

Outboards and dinghies 247

Liferafts 247

The aft gantry 248

Not hoist by your own petard 248

Epilogue 249

Appendix 1 Glossary of local terms 251

Appendix 2 Measures of wind strengths 253

Index 255

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