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#484728 01/31/14 06:52 AM
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Curious if anyone had a link to a good navigation/depth chart for the belize area?

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There is no such thing. The paper navigation charts all have fine print showing that they are based on 1865 data. The closest you can get to accuracy are the regularly updated mobile charts for Navionincs and they are only a guide.

Plotter, cruising guide, cruising guide charts, caution and your eyes are the only safe way to navigate Belize waters. That or hire a local captain with lots of experience.

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And make sure he is really a captain and is licensed.


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Working on a boat, passing a test so you can get a captains license, does not make you a navigator who is familiar with the coral countrywide.
Choose a navigator instead.

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There is more than one cruising guide, with nav. details drawn in person. They are the answer

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There is more than one? Which is the other one?

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When I bought my boat it included two guides. One by Freyda the other was smaller with plastic binder.
It was called Belize Cruising Guide, earlier printing date.
Maybe that's why the Freyda book doesn't use that exact name.
I have seen a third that was given out by a charter company on board another boat.
I don't find them on Amazon so I guess out of print.

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Unfortunately even the Rauscher guide and charts are now outdated by 7 years. Some waypoints need adjustment due to movement of channels and sandbars which is why you need to use all tools at your disposal.

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I recommend Rauscher guide, even if outdated. I've used it several times to sail the coastline. The book/charts AND a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of attention got us there and home again....

I posted just to let everyone know the guide is available on Amazon used, as well as ebay. I think they've been republished although I doubt fully updated, but haven't seen them to know.

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The third edition (most recent) is available directly from http://www.bluewaterweb.com/p-8839-cruising-guide-belize-mexico-caribbean-coast-3rd.aspx

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