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Date Posted: - Thursday - 07/ 1/10 - 1:03am
Subject: Sea of Cortez, a Cruiser's Guidebook
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's message, "Pacific stops" on - Wednesday - 06/30/10 - 6:08pm
Just bought it. Thanks for the recommendation. The book looks gorgeous. It was great to tool through the color photos on the web and remember again why I'm bustin my ass to make this happen. I know Baja is not everyone's cup of tea, but what a remarkable place! Fawn colored rock baked bare and blue sea.
I've read MEXICO BOATING GUIDE by Capts Pat and John Rains and can recommend it as very thorough as well--chartlets, gps coords, etc. Most valuable to me in its hints for negotiating the check in process and hidey holes in bad weather. Not a pretty book but well put together.
If you marvel at a well constructed book as I do, I can also recommend Capt Leland R. Lewis's SEA GUIDE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WATERS and BAJA SEA GUIDE. Big, hardbound books, meticulously researched and beautifully laid out--tons of ariel photos and neat and detailed, hand drawn charts. The books were first published in 1965, so are out of print and very dated at this point, but, to me at least, are all the more impressive because of the work required to do them so well (no computers, no gps, no NOAA, poor charts for much of the area).
Lewis captained working sail craft up and down this coast much of his career, so knew what he was about.
These opening remarks in the forward about Lewis are also suggestive of his skill as a sailor and are fun reading:
"It seems only a few afternoons ago that a sleek black 75 foot schooner tacked up the bay in the afternoon breeze. Wearing an ancient frock coat, the tails flapping, an agile boy moved easily up the deck dropping a sail on each tack. Teak gleaming, "Idalia" came neatly to anchor just astern of me. The single handed skipper smiled merrily in my direction and disappeared below. To a fifteen year old girl he was the essence of all adventure found in a book."
Wow, no kidding!
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