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Compendiums:  Collection of useful tidbits from other cruisers, our own experiences, and various online sources.  Valuable updates to old (but still very useful) cruising guides.

General Pacific Crossing Articles and Info

Name Format Size Comments
Pacific Crossing Considerations and Options (SSCA Article) 
Alt: Our SSCA Presentation
pdf   After 5 years bouncing north and south across the Pacific, here are our thoughts on how to not zoom through the best cruising grounds in the world.
Last Updated Nov 06, 2010
South Pacific Cruising Strategies
(Latitude 38 Article)
pdf 590 K Article on options for crossing the Pacific and seeing as much as possible
Understanding South Pacific Weather htm 2k Everything we know about South Pacific Weather - Links to useful wx info
Last Updated Feb 14, 2011
Jim Corenman's Letters from the South Pacific pdf 650 K (Published in Latitude 38 in the late 1990's, but still relevant)  Great info, especially the part on South Pacific Weather

 
South Pacific Cruising Information
French Polynesia    Cooks, Samoa, Niue      Tonga      Fiji      Between Fiji and Marshalls   Far Western Islands


French Polynesia
Name Format Size Comments
Timing Your Visit to French Polynesia html   When to go where in French Poly
        by s/v Pitufa
The Marquesas Compendium
Rev 2020.1  
pdf 2.4 MB Still being updated, thanks to passing cruisers.
Last Update June 12, 2020
The Tuamotus Compendium
Rev 2020.4  
pdf 2.5 MB Major revision to remove old info and add new updates and restructured for better usability.
Last Update July 27, 2020
The Tuamotus Current Guestimator for 2020
 
Apple "Numbers" Version (note 2019 v)
zip
(xlsx)
400K Updated for 2020
Short "How To" Guide
Numbers version compliments of s/v Greyhound
Fakarava Bommies (gpx)
zip 17K Supplied by Kevin Hiscox s/v Mat-Lau
Short "How To" Guide
The Gambiers and Australs Compendium
Rev 2020.1
pdf 2.5 MB Brand new stand-alone compendium for southern French Polynesia.  Last update June 1, 2020
The Societies Compendium
Rev 2020.1  
pdf 2.1 MB Major revision to remove old info and add new updates and restructured for better usability.
Last Update 22 Feb 2020
Jacaranda's Supplemental Info for French Polynesia Link Link Lots of good info from s/v Jacaranda who are in their 5th year in French Polynesia.
Clearance Procedures for Tahiti and Moorea  pdf 52K Information for cruisers on clearance into and out of Papeete and Moorea, produced by Marina Papeete.
Marine Protected Areas in French Polynesia  pdf 6MB Information for cruisers on Marine Protection Areas in French Polynesia.
TahitiCruisersGuide.com  Link Link New initiative--an online guide to Tahiti, updated by locals for cruisers, downloadable as a PDF file.
Mr. John's Guide to French Polynesia pdf 900K Last Updated Dec 2008
Stopover Handbook for French Polynesia (English) 2020-2021 Version pdf 29 MB Yellow Flag Guide for Yachts Visiting French Polynesia  2020/2021 version (published pre-coronavirus!!)
Tahiti Tourism Site (several downloads) pdf 2 MB Link to Tahiti Tourism website, where they have a number of updated publications.
Dream Yacht Charters Leeward Islands Pilot Guide pdf 2 MB Updated June 2014.  Contains lots of good info for yachts in the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia.
Moorings Charters Leeward Islands Guide pdf 2 MB Downloaded from Moorings Site Nov 2015.
Diving in Tahiti
Covers diving in the Societies and Rangiroa and Manihi in the Tuamotus
pdf 7 MB Excerpts from an out of print diving guide from 1992
Charts for Society Islands     Google Earth and other charts for Society Islands (thanks to Stephano)
    A great guide to help you get around French Polynesia.  More than just "Hello" and "Thank you", it has nautical terms and the French terms for those critical boat parts you may have to go looking for, along with a helpful diagram. A must have in French speaking countries!  Click to buy on Amazon


Cook Islands and Samoa Islands and Niue
Name Format Size Comments
The Cooks Samoas Compendium (Including Niue) - Rev 2019.1 pdf 2.0 Mb As good as it gets, unless we get cruiser updates. 
Last updated July 28, 2019
Mr. John's Guide to The Dangerous Middle pdf 4Mb Covers the Cook Islands and Niue
Last Updated Feb 2009


Tonga
Name Format Size Comments
The Tonga Compendium -
Rev 2019.1
pdf 1.2MB Getting more complete, still being updated.  
Last updated May 5, 2019
Tonga Diving Information html 1.2MB Getting more complete
Mr. John's Guide to Tonga pdf 14Mb Last Updated Sep 2010


Fiji
The Fiji Compendium -
Rev 2016.3
pdf 4Mb Now over 300 pages!!   
Google Earth Charts for Fiji
Last Updated November 1, 2016
Fiji Marine Guide 2014 Edition pdf 11Mb From Yacht Help Fiji
Fiji Shores and Marina Guide 2015 pdf 30Mb From Fiji Marinas
Mr. John's Guide to Fiji pdf 4Mb Last Updated June 2011
Google Earth Charts     Soggy Paws' home-made Google Earth based navigation charts for Fiji


Wallis, Futuna, Rotuma, Tuvalu, Kiribati
The Fiji-to-Marshalls Compendium
Rev 2016.2
pdf 750K Includes Wallis, Futuna, Rotuma, Tuvalu, Kiribati (Tarawa & nearby atolls)
Updated November 1, 2016
Mr. John's Guide to Kiribati pdf 14Mb Includes Rotuma, Tuvalu, and Gilbert Islands of Kiribati.  Last Updated June 2011
Pacific Cyclone Season, North instead of South pdf 500K s/v Streetcar's voyage and info on going to the Marshall Islands instead of NZ for South Pacfic cyclone season. Published on Noonsite July 2013  
Google Earth Charts     Soggy Paws' home-made Google Earth based navigation charts for this trip         

 
PNG, Solomons, Vanuatu, New Caledonia
The Papua New Guinea Compendium      
Rev 2019.6
pdf 5.5MB Getting there.  Last updated Nov 15, 2019
The Solomon Islands Compendium     
Rev 2019.9
pdf 3.5MB More new updates from Honiara north.
  Last updated Sep 20, 2019
Vanuatu Compendium   
Rev 2019.3
pdf 1.5MB Getting there.  Last updated May 27, 2019
Valhalla's Charts & Waypoints gpx & KAP   Extensive Collection


North Pacific Cruising Information

Federated States of Micronesia and Palau

The Micronesia Compendium
Rev 2016.4
pdf 2.7Mb Still a little rough, but lots of good info somewhat organized. Updated Aug 20, 2016
Google Earth Charts     Soggy Paws' (and friends) home-made Google Earth based navigation charts for this trip (still under construction)
Sherry's Skin Infection Micronesia zip 1.2Mb Sherry got a serious and persistent skin infection in the outer islands of Micronesia.  Might have been mycobacterium marinum aka fish tank disease.  Here is her research.

Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands Compendium Rev A.3 pdf 1Mb About as complete as it will get unless I get more inputs from others.  Updated 15-Feb-2014
Mr. John in the Marshall Islands pdf 6Mb Last updated Nov 2011
Practical Marshallese pdf 1.5Mb WorldTeach manual for Marshallese copyright Peter Rudiak-Gould
Google Earth Charts     Soggy Paws' and others' home-made Google Earth based   navigation charts for this trip (still under construction)


Hawaii
The Hawaii Compendium
Rev B.1
pdf 240K A bit rough around the edges, but lots of useful information
Last Upd June 30, 2014


SouthEast Asia Cruising Information


Philippines
Cruising Guide to the Philippines - Conant Webb pdf 2 MB Nice guide self-published by a longtime cruiser in the Philippines.  Last updated 2009.
The Philippines Compendium
Rev 2020.1
pdf  4.1 MB Over 300 Pages! Last updated Feb 2020
Presentation: Cruising the Magnificent Philippines pdf  17 MB 180 Page presentation on our 6 month cruise through the Philippines in 2018
Valhalla's Charts & Waypoints gpx & KAP   Extensive Collection


Malaysia
The Malaysian Compendium - Rev 2019.01 pdf 1.7 MB A bit rough. Last updated  07-Aug-2019
Sail Malaysia Rally Cruising Guide - Rev 2019 pdf   Last updated  17-Oct-2019
Valhalla's Charts & Waypoints gpx & KAP   Extensive Collection


Indonesia
The Indonesia Compendium
Rev 2019.5
pdf 7.1 MB Over 400 pages of useful information on cruising Indonesia.  Totally free, no ads, no gimmicks
Updated 16-Nov-2019
Getting Your Indo Paperwork in Davao, Philippines pdf .6 MB The full process of applying for a visa in Davao and checking in in Bitung, plus visa renewals in several ports are detailed.  This info applies to anywhere you are trying to get a visa in advance for Indonesia. Updated December 30, 2018.
Indonesian Consulate in Davao's Visa Form pdf 130 KB The form used by the Davao Indonesian Consulate.  Note that it is longer than standard A4 or US Letter size.  They won't accept a taped-together copy, but it does give you an idea of the information they will be asking you with any Indonesian Social Visa application (seems every consulate has a different form!).  Last updated Feb 2017
Sail Samal 2 Raja Ampat Rally Info Booklet for 2016 Rally pdf 1.7 MB The old Rally Information Booklet, with some useful info in it.  There was no Rally in 2017 from Samal (not enough boats).  Last updated Feb 2017
Valhalla's Charts & Waypoints gpx & KAP   Extensive Collection

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Panama and Ecuador Information

From s/v Sarana
Central America Guide
Other Free Guides
pdf   May be more up to date than the below Ecuador guide.
From s/v Serenity, hosted by Noonsite
Panama-Cruisers-Resource-Guide
pdf   If link not working, try this one:
 Noonsite Panama Yachting Essentials
Ecuador Cruiser's Guide (includes the Galapagos) pdf 740 K Last Upd October 2013.
Also includes some great info on backpacking / touring in South America from Ecuador.
Puerto Lucia Cruising Information   pdf 446 K Updated Info on Puerto Lucia Ecuador from s/v Dreamer 2019, includes info on Fr Poly visa in Ecuador
La Libertad Port Guide pdf 160 K Last Upd Nov 28, 2009
Extending Your Visa in Ecuador pdf 76 K Probably Obsolete, Last Upd Nov 28, 2009


Anchoring & Surviving Hurricanes in Port

Name Format Size Comments
Creative Anchoring by Captain Fatty Goodlander ebook   A great book on anchoring tactics from all aspects by one of the masters of cruising. (Amazon)
How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane in the VI pdf 6 MB By Cap'n Fatty Goodlander for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (Written ~2000)
Presentation on Surviving Big Storms in Port pdf 20 MB By Dave McCampbell s/v Soggy Paws. Presented at SSCA Melbourne Gam 2012
Presentation on Modern Anchors and Ground Tackle pdf 16 MB By Dave McCampbell s/v Soggy Paws. Presented at SSCA Melbourne Gam 2013

SeaClear Chartlets

Name Format Size Comments
Helping Sea Clear to Find Your Charts txt 2 K  
Making Your Own Sea Clear Charts txt 2 K  

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Our Articles in Various Publications

Florida Keys Reefs & Anchorages (2006) pdf 139 K Guidebook prepared for Florida Sea Base Boy Scout Charter Captains
Pacific Crossing Considerations and Options pdf 43 K SSCA Article September 2010
South Pacific Cruising Strategies pdf 590 K Latitude 38 Feb 2012
Sneaky Cyril Smacks Neiafu pdf 148 K Latitude 38 March 2012
W. Carib - Panama to Roatan pdf 107 K SSCA 2000

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Technical Articles on SSB/Ham Radios Afloat--Antennas, Grounding, Tuners

Name Format Size Comments
Stan Honey's Marine Grounding Article PDF 1.3 MB Originally published as part of West Marine's Advisor series, an EXCELLENT article that explains the differences between Electrical Grounds, Lightning Grounds, and Radio Grounds, and how to set your grounds up properly.
.15uF Capacitors $.33 ea     A source for the capacitors for the RF Ground Stan Honey Mentions in his article.
Gordon West on using a Sea Water Ground PDF 115 K Stan Honey's idea for a HF ground plane with pieces of metal connected together inside the boat is old and was useful for older HF systems with manual tuners.  It is now superseded by Gordon West's testing on using sea water as a much more effective ground plane for modern HF radios with automatic tuners .
Gordon West on Antenna Tuners PDF 3Mb A 1987 Practical Sailor Article about Antenna Tuners and how to hook them up on a boat.
Clyde Kirlin on Marine Antennas PDF 280 K A few good tidbits in this 1987 article from Cruising World
How Long Should My Backstay Antenna Be? PDF 283 K Discussion from SSCA Bulletin Board between experts & newbies.
Using Auto-Tuners PDF 234 K Martin-G8JNJ explains the differences between different kinds of Auto Tuners
Icom 802 "Clipping" PDF 234 K Discussion from SSCA Bulletin Board about the Icom M-802 Clipping Issue

The Sailmail Primer

The Winlink Book of Knowledge

Diesel Engine Stuff

Perkins Engine Codes PDF 263 K How to read the codes on your Perkins engine to determine year and place of manufacture
Spanish Engine / Mechanical Terms PDF 57 K Handy reference for Spanish words relating to engines.  (For more complete copy: SpanishForCruisers.com)

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Winch Service Manuals

Name Format Size Comments
Identifying Your Lewmar Winch PDF 134 K From PYacht.com, how to tell what version of Lewmar winch you have  Direct Link to PYacht's Page
Pre-1980 Lewmar Winch Service Manual PDF 2.6 MB Has many Vol I and Vol II Winches
Thanks Dream Away for letting us scan!
Lewmar Winch Service Illustrated ~1999 PDF 1 MB From the Catalina Owner's Association, Lewmar 48's and 30's late 1990's design (no longer online at COA)
Lewmar Winch Parts List v10 1992-2002 PDF 750 K Official Lewmar Document
Lewmar Ocean Winch Service Manual 2002 PDF 500 K Official Lewmar Document, multilingual "Issue 5"
Lewmar Ocean Winch Service Manual 2005 PDF 1.6 MB Official Lewmar Document, multilingual "Issue 6"
Barient Winch Service Manual Model 27 2-sp PDF 250 K  

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Medical Reference Material

Name Format Size Comments
International Medical Guide for Ships - 3rd Edition pdf 2 MB Too much info!
Offshore Medicine eBook (Excellent, Simple!) pdf 3 MB Excellent, geared for the yachtsman
Where There is no Doctor pdf 15 MB Geared for people in remote locations
Where There is no Dentist pdf 12 MB Geared for people in remote locations
Your Offshore Doctor (Amazon Link) ebook   A cruising doctor (circumnavigator) published book

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