Synopses & Reviews
Puget Sound is one of the largest and most attractive cruising grounds in North America, more varied by far than even beteran cruisers expect--great natural harbors, breathtaking scenery, and a mild climate that permits year-round cruising. Here is the first comprehensive boater's guide to the almost 2,000 miles of shoreline and more than 300 islands that lie between Washington's capital of Olympia and the Canadian border at Point Roberts, including the San Juans.
Veteran Pacific Northwest cruiser and award-winning author Migael Scherer brings more than 20 years of Puget Sound sailing to this guide, offering intricate, hard-earned local knowledge of the approaches, anchorages, and facilities of hundreds of bays, harbors, and inlets, with annotated charts for many. Here also are insights into local history and attractions, and a rating system that details every harbor and anchorage, how and where to get ashore, and what facilities to expect.
A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound shows you not only where to cruise but how to make your cruise safer and more enjoyable, with a detailed discussion of weather, tides, currents, and the effects of commercial shipping, logging, and fishing.
Migael Scherer is a graceful, meticulous, and observant writer whose love and appreciation of all that Puget Sound offers rings clearly. Here is her personal tour.
From Olympia through the San Juans to Point Roberts on the Canadian border and Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound offers nearly 300 islands and some 2,000 miles of shoreline.
Here is the definitive guide, including
- Tested piloting information, with comprehensive details on approaches, anchorages and moorage, getting ashore, and things to do
- Harbor and anchorage ratings, including beauty and interest, protection, and facilities-at-a-glance
- Advice on coping with tides and currents, weather, commercial traffic, log booms, and other navigational challenges
- Annotated chartlets
- Local history and seasonal highlights
"Everything a yachtsman's pilot ought to be: shipshape and workmanlike in its approach, unusually well written, very thoughtfully researched. . . . I wish you'd put the price up to, say, $1,000, and thereby deter a few people from discovering the anchorages that until now have been quietly traded between friends."--Jonathan Raban
"Simply, every local boater should have a dog-eared, well-thumbed copy of A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound as a permanent feature in the nautical library."--48 Degrees North
"This would be a welcome addition to the library of any Puget Sound sail- or powerboat owner. It could well become a hit among landlubbers searching for that elusive Sound-side getaway."--The Seattle Times
"Simply put, every local boater should have a dog-eared, well-thumbed copy [of this guide] as a permanent feature in the nautical library."48° North
A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands has earned an outstanding reputation for the accuracy of its piloting instructions, the clarity of its writing, and the high quality of its information. This second edition includes color photos and nautical chart segments throughout, as well as:
Approaches and anchorages for hundreds of bays, harbors, and inletsmany with annotated charts
- Weather, tides, currents, and commercial traffic patterns
- Local history and attractions
- 240 full-color photos
- 75 color chartlets
- Larger size and lay-flat binding for ease of use
With at-a-glance ratings of every harbor and anchorage, A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands is the definitive resource for Pacific Northwest cruising.
"Everything a yachtsman's pilot ought to be: shipshape and workmanlike in its approach, unusually well written, very thoughtfully researched."Jonathan Raban, bestselling author, Waxwings: A Novel and Passage to Juneau
"All the necessary nuts and bolts about navigating local waters is found in A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound. . . . A welcome addition to the library of any Puget Sound sail- or powerboat owner."Seattle Times
"An elegant, beautiful book. . . . For even those few boaters who think they know all Puget Sound has to offer, this invaluable reference guide will introduce them to hundreds of new places yet to explore."48° North
"So complete that veteran cruisers will discover cruising grounds they didn't know existed or didn't consider navigable."SAIL
"An encyclopedic sailing guide to area waters, written with exhaustive first-hand research to almost every cove and inlet, and complemented with a remarkable series of maps, charts, and pictures."Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Well written and full of tantalizing places."WoodenBoat
"A keeper for my 'to take cruising' box."Sailing
"A monumental book that gives minute details on every bay, waterway, and stretch of navigable salt water from Olympia to Port Angeles, including the San Juan Islands. It does an excellent job of explaining navigational hazards and anchoring peculiarities at each point along the way."Bellingham Herald
Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-373) and index.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book
Region 1: South Puget Sound
Olympia to the Tacoma Narrows
Region 2: Tacoma to Point Vashon
Including Gig Harbor
Region 3: Blake Island to Kingston and Edmonds
Including Port Orchard and Poulsbo
Region 4: Inside the Locks
Including Lake Union and Lake Washington
Region 5: Hood Canal
Region 6: Admiralty Inlet
Port Ludlow to Port Townsend
Region 7: The Strait of Juan de Fuca
Discovery Bay to Port Angeles
Region 8: Everett to Anacortes
Including Deception Pass and La Conner
Region 9: Cypress Island to Point Roberts
Region 10: The San Juan Islands
Tidal Current Charts