Pilot books are absolutely essential, as they provide detailed information about coastal waters and anchorages that very often are not available from any other source.
The BWR gave us a list of recommended books, which I have integrated with few more that we found to be better value or covering areas not in any of the other books (in blue). We did not particularly like "South Pacific Anchorages" and found "Charlie's Charts" to be much more detailed, and it must be noted that "Cruising Guide to SE Asia" is very short of information concerning the Spice Islands of Indonesia, which are better covered by "101 Anchorages", an Australian book.
RECOMMENDED PILOT BOOKS
Most books are easily available (also on-line from Amazon) but Pilot Books need frequent updates, so they may be momentarily out of print: for example we had trouble getting the new edition of the "Cruising Guide to SE Asia" which was out of print by mid-2007 and were able to get the new edition only one year later in Australia.
Two exceptions: the "101 Anchorages Within the
Indonesian Archipelago" which we found very useful as there is very little
information concerning Indonesia in the "Cruising Guide to SE Asia", is
printed in Australia and you may have to order it from there.
OTHER RECOMMENDED READINGS:
There is a huge number of books which are of interest for the perspective long-distance sailor, but the following are mandatory reading, and it would be advisable to have them on board for reference during the voyage:
World Cruising Routes
The "Maritime Safety Information" section of the
U.S. NGA's website is a
treasure-trove of downloadable nautical documents, such as Pilot Charts, Chart
no.1 (symbols used in nautical charts), the "Bowditch" navigation manual, sight
reduction tables, lists of lights, sailing directions, international Code of
Signals, and more.
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