The 2016 Salish Sea Pilot cruising guides are here and along with the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and the San Juan Islands, they’ve added two new tomes to the mix: Georgia Strait & the Sunshine Coast and Puget Sound.
Covering the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, the Northern Gulf Islands, Comox and Powell River, the Georgia Strait ebook guide is a comprehensive look at everything from anchorages and hidey-holes to where to park your dinghy and get provisions.
And the Puget Sound guide hits on every spot from Olympia and Shelton to Hood Canal, Seattle and the lakes, up to Deception Pass and out to Port Angeles.
The Salish Sea Pilot’s interactive series of ebook guides are designed to be viewed on tablets, smartphones and desk or laptop computers as PDF files — and once you’ve downloaded a copy, you don’t need an internet connection to view them.
They are continuously updated with the latest information on marine services, moorage rates, aids to navigation, anchorages, parks and businesses. And if you see something that needs to be updated, just shoot them an email and they’ll get it in the guide.
Personally, aboard Yahtzee we’ve been huge fans of these guides since they first came out as free downloads and count them as our favorite cruising resources aboard. Being that we prefer to anchor, we particularly like them for finding anchorages that many other guides either don’t have info on or are lacking in specifics. When we read these pilots, we get the sense that the writers have actually been there before, dropped their hook and spent the night.
From skimming through the newest editions to the Salish Sea Pilot fleet, we are impressed by their newly drawn and colored chartlets, and seeming increase in information across the board. We can’t wait to use the Georgia Strait & Sunshine coast guide when we head that way later this spring, so expect a full review of it after we’ve had a chance to put it to the test.
Each guide is available for download at www.salishseapilot.com and comes with a reasonable price tag of $9.99 Canadian. Or you can buy all five for $39.95 Canadian.
About Salish Sea Pilot:
When sailors Jim and Lynne Burgoyne arrived home to the Salish Sea in 2011 after three years sailing through Asia, they were a bit lost. The adventures, the tropical sunsets and the powdery sands were behind them, but what was next?
A wonderful thing about sailing foreign waters is the friendships you make, in cluttered marinas or anchored off lonely islands. Not long after coming home, they began receiving emails from cruising friends, asking essentially the same question: “So if we sail up Juan de Fuca Strait, what will we find?”
Attempts to answer the queries led to their decision to build a guide or two and offer them as free downloads to anyone with a yen to explore this part of the world. It was fun, and if an advertiser wanted to jump on board, that might help pay the bills.
But the project soon took over their lives, becoming a full-time obsession. Many months were spent at sea doing research and many more ashore building the guides. With a twisted brow, their banker asked: “What part of ‘unsustainable’ don’t you understand?”
So with input from many of the cruisers who downloaded the “beta” versions more than 17,000 times, they completely upgraded the guides, redrawing most of the map illustrations and adding many new details. And “free” became “almost free.”
They are ad-free as well, if you don’t count their complimentary promotion of some amazing Salish Sea artists. All of the guides will continue to be constantly updated.
Jim and Lynne would like to ask for a little help. They’ve worked hard on these guides, and would be grateful if mariners respected their copyright and didn’t distribute copies. Doing so will ensure that the guides can be updated and expanded in the future.