Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook

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Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook, is the most up to date and comprehensive guide detailing the anchorages and harbors of the Pacific mainland coast. The guide contains in depth coverage of the harbors and anchorages used by cruising boats traveling along the Mexican mainland coast from Mazatlán to Zihuatanejo. For boats continuing south towards Central America, harbor charts are included for this more remote section of coast. In an area where the official government charts can be up to two miles off, boaters can travel with confidence knowing that the locations described in this guide are illustrated with 72 original GPS-accurate chartlets featuring detail not available elsewhere. Chartlets are derived from current surveys, satellite photography, US and Mexican topographic and bathymetric data, as well as the authors first-hand exploration. GPS waypoints including prime anchorage locations, approaches, and navigational hazards accompany each chartlet. Detailed charts don't necessary tell the whole story, so the authors have also included stunning color photography, high resolution aerial photos, and annotated approach photos. And since the cruising life doesn't stop once the anchor is dropped or the dock lines are made fast, detailed city maps, marina guides, fuel stops, provisioning locations, surf breaks, hiking trails, dive and snorkel sites and much more are also included with each location, helping voyagers make the most of their time on this beautiful and friendly coast. Important cruising information such as weather, ham and SSB radio nets, customs and immigration information, marina locations and layouts, fuel availability, boat haulout facilities, and marine chandleries are among many of the features detailed throughout. Sample itineraries are also included to fit a variety of boater's schedules to help insure that readers don't miss a thing while exploring the Pacific mainland coast. Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook, is a must for anyone heading to Mexico. This beautiful guide will be equally at home on your chart table while living your cruising dreams, or on your coffee table at home while planning your adventure to the warm waters, swaying palms and sandy beaches of Pacific Mexico.

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Since late 2003, Heather and Shawn have been exploring Pacific Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, relishing the beauty of this foreign land so close to home. Their love of boating and cruising the coastal waters of Mexico lead to the development of their cruising guides, in hopes of sharing the unique beauty and richness of life Mexico has to offer. In 2007, they released their first book, Sea of Cortez: A Cruiser's Guidebook. By October of 2009, a second edition of this popular guide was released. The following October, they released their newest guide, Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook, detailing the cruising destinations of mainland Mexico from Mazatlan to Huatulco. Shawn, a licensed boat captain, has used his 20 years of experience as a graphic designer and cartographer to create the GPS-accurate chartlets, while Heather has pursued her passion of writing and graphic design to compose an informative and easy to follow guide. With their combined efforts, they have created one-of-a-kind guidebooks, filled with beautiful photography, accurate mapping and descriptive text to help inspire, guide and enjoy Mexico's Pacific Mainland coast.

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Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer have earned themselves unanimous praise for their excellent guide to the Sea of Cortez, the body of water that lies between Baja California and the Mexican mainland, which they explored over a number of years on their Westsail 32 Om Shanti. They have just published an even more ambitious guidebook that covers the Pacific coast of Mexico south of the Sea of Cortez, from Mazatlan to Huatulco. Following the user- friendly model of their previous volume, the book deals in detail with every cove, anchorage, port and marina, each accompanied by a detailed chartlet. These plans stand out for their attention to detail, a fact from which this reviewer profited greatly on a week charter in the Sea of Cortez earlier this year when the electronic charts displayed on the chart plotter were dangerously inaccurate and our only reliable means of navigation were the chartlets published in their guidebook. Pacific Mexico is richly illustrated by hundreds of colour photographs depicting ports and anchorages thus making it easier to identify certain landmarks. The description of the various places, with their amenities and services, local art, customs and feasts are all accompanied by excellent photographs. This attractive book can only be described as a true labour of love as the affection of the authors for all things Mexican permeates each page. Pacific Mexico is worth buying even if you never plan to sail in those waters although you may change your mind before you finally manage to put it down. - Jimmy Cornell --Noonsite - December 2010

Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer. Aboard Om Shanti, their Westsail 32, this adventuresome duo - he, a boat captain, scuba diver, and former graphic designer; she, an equestrienne, sea kayaker, and white-water rafter - combine their love of wandering the rim of western North America with their passion for sharing advice that's attractive to look at, detailed, and fresh via their publishing house Blue Latitude Press. Like their 2009 guide to the Golfo de California, the book relies on color graphics and photography, including satellite imagery. Covering the area farther south along the Pacific coast of Mexico, it features chartlet details for anchorages gained from among other sources, GPS readings and couple's on-site surveys; advice for sail and power; short bits about flora and fauna; and even tips on hiking trails and surf breaks. The website includes chart updates. - Elaine Lembo --Cruising World - February 2011

Following up on their popular Sea of Cortez: A Cruiser's Guidebook, which has become known as the bible for cruising in the Sea of Cortez, authors Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer have once again raised the bar for cruising guides. Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guidebook follows the same popular and easy to use format that has made their other guide a cruiser favorite. --Northwest Yachting - November 2010

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