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American Version

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guide



The Pacific Crossing Guide

Caribbean Islands Cruising Guide


French Canal Charts. Fluviacarte

French Canal Routes to the Mediterranean

Gentle Sailing Route to the Mediterranean

Strait Sailing to Gibraltar

Living Aboard Around the World

Easy Navigation

Gentle Mediterranean Routes to the Islands

Who is Michael Briant

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If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this book contains all the information you need. 


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Why not take your boat to the Mediterranean next summer?


It can all be done in easy stages, to suit a lightly crewed boat, with perhaps only a couple of people on board who are without ‘offshore’ experience.


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This version of the popular ‘Caribbean Islands Cruising Guide’ is for sailors coming from the USA or Canada and heading into the islands  All the routes are geared to Southbound Yachts


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With routes for folks coming from Europe.


The Caribbean is probably the biggest and best cruising ground in the world. Wonderful climate, beautiful islands, nice people and for the most part very inexpensive with predictable weather.


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 are the canal and river route charts, which detail all the stopping places, locks, fuel points, marinas, port de plaisance and tourist information.

All at French Prices

(hardbacks not downloads)

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If you are thinking about going cruising then this is the book for you!   



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The Pacific Crossing Guide


From the Caribbean and Panama to Australia via New Zealand and the Islands of the South Pacific including Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti, Cook, Fiji & Tonga plus all details of the Panama Canal


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If you are heading for the Mediterranean this book details the final challenge entering the Straits of Gibraltar, the last hurdle.


The straits need approaching with some idea of tides and strategy.

Including tidal flow charts


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If you are currently or planning to sail in the Mediterranean then this book will show you the best routes to the islands, how to do it in both the fastest and easiest way 

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If you want to learn how to navigate with GPS and Chart plotters safely then this book will give you enough basic information to get started.  

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The Pacific Crossing Guide



From the Caribbean and Panama to Australia via New Zealand and the Islands of the South Pacific including Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti, Cook, Fiji & Tonga plus all details of the Panama Canal


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La Rochelle Guide Book


This excellent guide book is perfect for planning your visit to La Rochelle, booking hotels, site seeing or even thinking about living in this special West Atlantic French Town   



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The EBooks will be downloaded to your mobile device - reader - pc.
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Because I am based in Spain the payment page sometimes it comes up in Spanish but may be changed to UK as follows:
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Various charts for a circumnavigation, pilot books & ICW

Various Routes from UK to the Mediterranean

Canal du Midi Log and information

St Valery to Mediterranean Canal Log

West Coast of France - Ports, marinas and anchorages

Sailing into La Rochelle

Northern Spain from La Rochelle

Gibraltar marina and facilities

General Sailing information

Listed below are my DVD's available from Bennett Marine in the USA

You should copy to paste the ref number beside the US$ price in order to find the DVD in their extensive catalogue

DVD Blue Water Destinations: Australia 

To sail into Sydney harbour is an ambition of many cruising sailors. It is probably the nicest city south of the Equator and is full of life and fun. Northwards along the Australian East coast can be quite challenging especially towards the lagoon of Lady of Musgrave Island. Travel through the interesting and beautiful islands of the Great Barrier Reef and on to Darwin, an excellent last stop for cruising boats heading out to Indonesia.

The passage to West Timor is calm and smooth accompanied by dolphins and light winds but the arrival is a real culture change - with street markets and villages that have not changed for a thousand years. 25 mins

$29.95 C8890DVD


DVD Blue Water Destinations: Marquesas Islands to the Tuamotu Coral Atolls 

An essential planning aid for anyone thinking of sailing to these mysterious South Pacific Islands.

Travel to the small Polynesian island of Fatu-Hiva and Tahuata which are almost never visited by outsiders except by sailing boat to the capital island of Nuku-Hiva with it’s ancient ruins of Polynesian villages. Then it's a downhill passage to the very dangerous Tuamotu Islands that are only a few feet above sea level and sparsely populated. 
25 mins

$29.95 C8888DVD


DVD Blue Water Destinations: Panama Canal to Galapagos Islands 

A must for anyone intending to transit the Panama Canal.

All three methods of locking are experienced – side wall, alongside and centre chamber as the crew transit the entire canal before descending the last locks into the Pacific Ocean.

From there the crew sailing onto the Galapagos Islands and visit all the permitted anchorages. Visit Wreck Bay in San Cristobal and Academy Bay on Santa Cruz to see the giant tortoise, lonely empty beaches and big marine iguanas. Finally travel to Isla Isabela in search of the Blue-Footed Booby. 25 mins

$29.95 C8887DVD
DVD Blue Water Destinations: Trinidad to Panama 

A guide to the southern parts of the Caribbean that are seldom visited and islands that may only be visited by sail boats.

This program takes you from Trinidad to Panama, Angel Falls in Venezuela & Colon in Panama.

Discover the fishermen islands of Los Testigos and the wonderful, islands of Venezuela. Visit Tortuga, Los Roques and the lonely Aves which are almost never visited by tourists and seldom by cruising yachts. Visit the Netherland Antilles – the famous ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and finally take the lumpy passage to Colon in Panama where all the cruising boats gather to prepare for the Transit of the Panama Canal. 25 mins

$29.95 C8886DVD


DVD Blue Water Destinations: Tahiti, Bora Bora, Cook Islands & Tonga. 

Anchored behind the reef, visit the throbbing, vibrant, very French capital of the Society Islands - Tahiti and onto the beautiful nearby island of Moorea.

A stop at Bora-Bora then onto the very special and unique Cook Island - Suwarrow - possibly the most beautiful in the world.

Discover the popular cruising area, towns and villages of Tonga to the culture shock and hustle and bustle of Fiji.
25 mins

$29.95 C8889DVD

DREAM .............