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A Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands, Second Edition
A Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands, Second Edition, is the completely updated version of Steve Pavlidis’ comprehensive guide to the Leeward Islands that stretch from the northernmost, Anguilla to the southernmost, Dominica. Now in full-color with many new charts and aerial photos of the principal harbors, it contains 294 pages of text with 85 sketch charts that have GPS-accurate data based on independent surveys personally conducted by the author. In addition it contains detailed piloting instructions, GPS waypoints, aerial photos, approaches and routes, anchorages, services, dive sites, history, index, bibliography and more. Filled with valuable information based on actual experience and local knowledge, A Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands, Second Edition will greatly enhance your Caribbean cruising experience.
Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, Second Edition
This is the new 2nd edition of the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands by Stephen J. Pavlidis. Printed in 2011, the new Second Edition is vastly improved with extensive full-color aerial photography and completely updated harbor charts. Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands covers the entire Virgin Islands region including US, British and Spanish Virgin Islands. This is a comprehensive cruising guide including 84 GPS-accurate sketch charts, piloting instructions, GPS waypoints, photos, approaches and routes, anchorages, services, dive sites, history and loads of local knowledge. Excellent.
Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands is the first and only cruising guide for the Cape Verde Islands. Printed in 2011, it is a completely up-to-date, full-color guide that includes charts and sketches not available through any other source, as well as GPS waypoints, harbor and marina information, local knowledge and much more.
Don Street has a message for all sailors planning to cross the Atlantic via the trade-wind route: “Forget about spending Christmas in the Caribbean, which forces you to cross the Atlantic in late November and early December when the trades are erratic and sometimes light to nonexistent. Instead, spend Christmas cruising and exploring the Cape Verde Islands and set off in late December or early January, after the trades have settled in, and be almost guaranteed a fast passage. They’re not called the Christmas Winds for nothing! ”
To back up this advice, Don has written Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands. In it, he provides a historical and cultural commentary to add color to his down-to-earth descriptions of more than 50 potential anchorages (potential, because while a few are well known, a great many of them are rarely visited by any other than local boats). Any sailor with a sense of adventure who reads this guide will find plenty of reasons to go exploring in the Cape Verdes — enough, perhaps, to occupy the entire month of December.
Don’s first hardback cruising guide, A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles, opened up the entire eastern Caribbean to cruising sailors, and made chartering a bareboat there a realizable dream for thousands. Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands could have a similar impact on sailors’ ideas about the Cape Verdes.
As well as writing his cruising guides, since 1979 Don has been plowing his research of all the Atlantic and eastern Caribbean islands into the Imray-Iolaire charts published by Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson. Since a series of articles mentioning the Cape Verde Islands and Don Street’s guide appeared recently in Yachting World, Imray reports a spike in sales of the Imray-Iolaire chart of the Cape Verdes. Don estimates that sales of this chart will triple this year over the average sales. The numbers indicate a marked growth in interest in the Cape Verdes, which could very well translate into strong sales of Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands.
Life at Sea Level
Tales of island adventures from one of America's finest travel guide authors, Stephen J. Pavlidis.
Life at Sea Level is the latest work of one of America’s finest travel guide authors. For nearly 20 years, Stephen J Pavlidis has been writing books about The Bahamas and the Caribbean islands. He has written 14 guides covering virtually all the geography from south Florida to Trinidad and Tobago, including many lesser known destinations such as Guatemala and Honduras. That writing was done aboard his 40-foot sailboat, IV Play, making careful notes, tedious maps and talking to the locals he met ashore.
Most of Steve’s books report facts about the regions and islands he visited. Finally, in Life at Sea Level he tells some of the other stories of the very real things that happened during his island time and of the very real people he knew or historically researched. He tells us some things that are at once serendipitous and humorous. He also tells us some things that are not always comfortable…even things some people would rather were not retold.
The islands of the Bahamas and Caribbean have a long history. From times during the Civil War, to the present moment the islands deliver whenever and whatever the United States seems to want or need. Money moves in and out of them like a flowing tide. Crimes are perpetrated and vast fortunes change hands all in the name of the opportunity of the moment. You can also just visit for the fishing or to drink a cold bottle of Kalik or Red Stripe in a hammock on the beach. Steve gives us the real perspective of life on these islands; sometimes peaceful and relaxing; sometimes wild and dangerous. But that is the reality of Life at Sea Level.
Here's what cruising author Bruce Van Sant has to say about Life at Sea Level:
I have for many years admired Stephen Pavlidis' ability to spin an honest tale. In Life at Sea Level he ties up the loose ends and untold stories that underpin his many successful cruising guides. As in his guidebooks Stephen's intimate and open style grabs the reader in Life at Sea Livel. Whether he's running after poachers with the park wardens of the Bahamas National Trust, or yarning on islands, islanders and cruisers, authenticity accents his accounts. Piracy back then or right now, drug and gun running, ghosts and hauntings, voodoo and hoodoos — all get chronicled with as good a flare and timbre as Stephen gives to his guitar when he plays the blues. Take this book with you this summer, then head out for the Bahamas and the Caribbean this fall.
CMRC Closed on Lee Stocking, Exumas
Written by Stephen J. Pavlidis
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:48
The Caribbean Marine Research Center at Lee Stocking Island is closed. There is no staff on the island yet visits ashore must be by invitation. There are still six moorings off the Center, but their reliability is not known.
Bahamas Entry Fee Change
Written by Stephen J. Pavlidis
Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:40
The Government of The Bahamas has changed the entry fees for vessels entering The Bahamas. The new fee is $300 for vessels of 30' or larger.
New Fees in Turks and Caicos
Friday, 13 July 2012 13:29
As of Summer, 2012, vessels staying in the Turks and Caicos Islands for 7 days or less will now pay a fee of $100 (up from $15), even if the stop is just to purchase fuel.
Bahamas to Introduce a VAT?
Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:15
The Government of The Bahamas is heavily in debt and is planning to modernize the tax code to generate new revenue. The Progressive Liberal Party, PLP, which returned to power in recent elections, says it will consider introducing a Value Added Tax or levying fees on certain services. Details are few at this point as to how the new tax code will affect cruisers and Seaworthy.com will pass along any information as soon as we recieve it.
New Marina on Puerto Rico's West Coast - Easy to Clear Customs Here!
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:17
Located at Puerto Real on Puerto Rico's western coast, the new Marina Pescaderia (formerely Pescaderia Rosas) welcomes cruisers with 97 slips, a fuel dock, restaurant, all new docks, full electric and water, free pump outs, 24-hour security, laundry facilities, free Wifi, fishing gear, a dive shop, a mini-market, and Twin Marine Electronics who can help you with your electric and airconditioning problems. But the best news is that you can clear Customs here. Upon arrival the marina will contact Customs and Immigration officials and the officials will arrive at the marina to handle the paperwork. In cases where the skipper and/or crew are not American citizens, they may be asked to appear at the Immigration office in Mayaguez, a short cab ride away (the marina can also provide transportation).
The entrance to Puerto Real is now marked by three pairs of red and green buoys. Draft is limited to 6' at MLW although the marina frequently hosts vessels with drafts to 7' and lengths to 83' LOA.
For more information contact Marina Pescaderia at 787-717-3638, or email them at
. Their web site is www.marinapescaderia.com.
Hospital Construction Planned for Great Exuma
Monday, 09 April 2012 14:35
The National Insurance Board of The Bahamas, and Reef Construction, have signed a contract for $14 million to build a hospital on the island of Great Exuma. The hospital will be built in a new township just outside George Town. Plans are also in the works to build a new government administrative center nearby. The Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, has also promised residents of Exuma cable TV service.
Berry Islands Club Open Again!
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 15:03
Several months ago we mentioned that the Berry Islands Club on Chub Cay in The Bahamas was closed. We are happy to announce that the marina is up and running once again. The club offers 15 moorings for $25 per night, dockage, gas and diesel, and a wonderful restaurant. They can even arrange transportation to the Customs officer on the island. For more info call the club on VHF ch. 16 or telephone Howard at 242-357-5617 or Harry at 242-466-9364.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 18:47
Rio Dulce Security Patrols Resume
Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:46
Cruisers will be happy to note that the Guatemalan Navy has resumed their 24/7 river patrols in February, 2013. The patrols are fully funded by the navy without funds donated by local businesses or marinas. The navy has 6 patrolmen on duty and added a second Tibueron patrol craft with a 74 hp Yamaha engine. For Semana Santo (Easter Week), and other high-season events, the navy will reinforce the security patrols. Here are the phone numbers for the navy patrol; Officer in charge, 502-5245-2569; patrol boat, 502-4482-7001
Trinidad Renames Lighthouse
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:51
The Galera Point Light (10° 50'N, 60° 55'W), also known as Toco Lighthouse, has been renamed the Keshorn Walcott Lighthouse, after the teenage athlete who won the Olympic gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago in the men's javelin at the recent London Olympic Games.
eSeaClear Undergoing Maintenance
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:59
The eSeaClear system is temporarily suspended, therefore cruisers visiting the Caribbean must proceed for now with Customs clearance as it was prior to the relatively new eSeaClear system being implemented (more paperwork, more waiting time). This affects cruisers in Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, BVI, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Sint Maarten, St. Barths, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Statia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The reason for suspending the eSeaClear system is maintenance during the off season. When the expanded eSeaClear service comes online again cruisers who have used the system before will have to complete the basic information forms again.
There is no date for the system coming back online.
George Town Marina in Exuma Under New Management
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:38
George Town Marina and Repair is under new management and is now known as Master Harbour Marina Repair. Their phone number is 242-345-5116, and their email is
. Their web site is http://www.turnquestinvestments.com/services.html
Customs Strike in The Bahamas
Monday, 09 April 2012 14:42
Several hundred Customs and Immigration officials went on strike on April 5, 2012, after efforts to negotiate a new industrial contract with the government stalled. For more information click here. As we learn more about this situation we will pass it along here.
Sloop Racing in The Bahamas
Monday, 09 April 2012 14:27
It's that time of year again, time for sloop racing in The Bahamas. The 59th National Family Islands Regatta will be held in George Town, Great Exuma, from April 24-28, 2012. A little over a month later you can enjoy the Long Island Regatta at Salt Pond, Thompson Bay, Long Island, from May 31-June 2, 2012.
No Anchoring, No Moorings, West End, Roatan
Monday, 12 March 2012 15:09
This has just come in from Kent Trompeter, S/V Southern Mist II.
Authorities in West End, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras, have prohibited anchoring in their waters. Mooring is also no longer permitted at West End and this may soon extend to the French Cay area. At this time there are no restrictions from Second Bight eastward.
We'll keep you informed as we find out more about this situation.