Pacific Crossing Notes covers everything from preparation, weather, and safety to detailed information on the island groups of the Coconut Milk Run: the trade-wind route from the Americas to Australia. Along with information on clearing-in procedures, availability of supplies, and top anchorages and sights, this book covers Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Separate sections describe a trip down the US East Coast, the Panama Canal, New Zealand, and Australia (including tips on selling a boat there for a one-way trip). This guide strives to balance facts with flavors, making it a book to keep you company during the countdown to your own passage as well as a practical guide to pull out as you face each successive landfall in the voyage of a lifetime.
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About the Author
Markus Schweitzer worked in the tourism, logistics and aviation industries before casting off the shorelines. His background is in engineering and computational mathematics.
Table of Contents
Part I: Preparation (From Weekend Warrior to Ocean Voyager, Getting the Most Out of a Survey, Fitting Out a Small Boat for Pacific Cruising, The Costs of Cruising, Solar Power, A Cruiser's Library)
Part II: Safety (Offshore Safety, Installing a Life Raft, Simulating Life Raft Entry, Other Safety Considerations, Family Health in the Pacific)
Part III: Underway (Radio Nets, Weather, Celestial Navigation, Convenience Foods for the Offshore Sailor, Working While Cruising)
Part IV: US East Coast to the Caribbean (Shakedown Cruise Along the US East Coast, The Intracoastal Waterway, To Panama in a Hop, Skip, and a Jump)
Part V: Panama (San Blas Islands, Portobelo, Approaches to the Panama Canal, Transiting the Panama Canal, Islas Perlas)
Part VI: Easter Pacific (Panama to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, The Magnificent Marquesas, Marquesas to the Society Islands, Atoll Cruising 101: the Tuamotus, Highlights of the Society Islands, Tahiti's Heiva Festival)
Part VII: Central Pacific (Connecting the Dots in the South Pacific, Book Swaps, Niue: the Rock of Polynesia, A Tongan Feast)
Part VIII: New Zealand (Picking a Weather Window, A Season in New Zealand - a Practical Guide, New Zealnd to Fiji)
Part IX: Western Pacific (Fiji, Southwest Pacific: Lessons Learned, Paradise Unplugged: Southern Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Comparing Two Routes from Vanuatu to Australia)
Part X: Australia (Sailing Sydney, Navigating The East Australia Current, Along the East Australian Coast, Sail to Sell Down Under, Practical Considerations for the Return Home)