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Gentleman's Guide to Passages South (2001) ebook

by Bruce Van Sant

Bruce Van Sant is more than a little over-bearing in his style. Smug and self-congratulatory are his middle names.

Bruce Van Sant is more than a little over-bearing in his style. That said, the man has written an excellent,excellent book chock-full of insights, caveats, how-to's,and how-NOT to's, right down to a great but simple recipe for beer bread! There are at least a dozen good books you should have on board when you depart Fort Lauderdale for the Islands and boy, this is ONE of them for sure.

For more than twenty years Van Sant repeatedly surveyed nearly 200 anchorages between Florida and South America. Orphaned by World War II, Van Sant worked his way through childhood at dozens of crazy jobs. He learned to sail early by borrowing sailing skiffs from beach lifeguards. After university he got a sailboat with a plan that, when the sailboats got big enough, he'd get out of the rat race and go sailing to simpler places for a simpler life.

It really is recommended reading and we found it essential to have this guide on our journey south to the Caribbean from the US. It made our trip so much better knowing how to navigate the coasts of the DR and PR, when to go, what to do, what not to do etc. For us it was easier to skim at first then read each relevant section in detail prior to handling that part of the journey as it makes more sense and is easier to relate when you're almost there.

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Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications, 1993. Bruce Van Sant may be opinionated about the best way to take a cruising boat down the "Thorny Path," but those opinions are based on years of experience. Not everyone agrees with everything he's written, but even those who disagree (typically on one detail or another) will tell you that in general Van Sant's methods are based on sound principles.

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By 1979 I had settled into cruising the myriad islands between Florida and South America. If you want to escape, I can tell you how. The younger, freer America where I grew up haunts my visits home. Many long term expatriates, even those living in truly poor countries, find it hard to return home and stay. They can no longer cope as a tiny cog in a big machine.

This updated guide is considered the "Bible" by many cruising yachtsmen traveling between Florida and Venezuela. Includes many sketchcharts and GPS coordinates, plus a wealth of information for the sailor who would rather take it slow and easy entroute to paradise.
Having made the trip. I wish I had read this first. Van Sandt gives a lot of solid information here. I still think 50% of the people heading that way will push too hard and not wait for the Windows he describes but if you have the time to wait, his plan should work great!
If you are planning to cruise the Bahamas and Virgins - Van Sant is as important as your GPS. Don't leave home without it. Then, USE IT. Follow his advice - to the letter. The "Gentleman Cruiser" knows of what he speaks. He's been there-done it-and has the t-shirt (or knowledge - if you will).
I have a Captain's license and have taught navagation, safe boating and Rules of the Road - and was associated with a very active USCG Aux. flotilla before adopting the crusing life. Van Sant's description of weather, air and patterns is undoubtedly the best I have ever come across. I have recommended that his narrative be used for the Auxilliary Weather classes. Boy am I glad that he did not listen to the "nay sayers" and delete that portion. If you plan to cruise - pay special attention to that section.
Happy sailing and may the wind be always on ur beam.~~~__/)~~~
Capt. Carrole Ward and Noel Robbins, LCDR, USN (Ret.)
aboard S/V Cassandra
I have just completed my old copy of Van Sant's book and will never look at cruising the same way again. My wife and I have lived on our 49 foot sailing catamaran, Millennium Dragon for the past 2 years. After reading the earlier version, I am convinced we must slow down and "wait for weather". This is not only a sailing guide to cruising south, it is a major work on adjusting your attitude regarding passages and how to reach your destination in comfort. I have just purchased the updated version to look for additional pearls of wisdom. Van Sant is opinionated and direct but very entertaining and informative. You will either love or hate the man but read the book!
It was not in "Very Good" condition, "Good" at best. Liked the book though. I guess that is what to expect from a book out of print.
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Cruising Guide Publications; 7th Rev edition (January 1, 2001)
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