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Educational Sailing Books & Manuals 

GOING CRUISING AGAIN!  Sorry but we have temporarily shut down OFV operations until 2018.  We are heading off cruising again, this time to Alaska.    After preparing the boat over the winter we will be heading north in spring 2017 and will be returning sometime in the fall when the weather gets too chilly, too rainy or both.  Wishing you fair winds and see you when we return!

We offer a selection of excellent books and manuals for sailors preparing their boats and themselves for offshore voyaging. We stock most books in Vancouver allowing us to supply them to BCA members and other Canadian sailors quickly with no currency exchange rate issues or cross border shipping hassles.   Book ordering and payment information is located at the bottom of this page.  All prices are  in Canadian dollars.

Tax Included

All book prices include 5% GST sales tax

Custom Cruising Library Book Orders

We have access to hundreds of cruising reference books such as Spanish for Cruisers and the the Pacific Crossing Guide, a best seller.  We can also supply the whole range of Lin & Larry Pardey books, as well as cruising guides for many parts of the world ranging from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.  We have access to chart books such as The Yachtsman Mexico to Panama .  Send us a list of the titles you would like in your cruising library and we’ll get back to you with a quote.

Sailing Books in Stock

General Sailing Preparation & Info

The Voyager’s Handbook by Beth Leonard   Price $60   BCA $55

World Voyage Planner by Jimmy Cornell   Price $55   BCA $50

Cruising – Starting from Scratch by Terry Sparks  Price $50   BCA $45

Voyaging with Kids – Guide to Family Life Afloat by Various Cruisers   Price $50   BCA $45

Reeds Knot Handbook by Jim Whippy   Price $20   BCA $15

Weather, Passage Planning & Navigation

World Voyage Planner by Jimmy Cornell   Price $60.00   BCA $55.00

World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell   Price $70.00   BCA $65.00

World Cruising Destinations by Jimmy Cornell   Price $65.00   BCA $60.00

Cornell’s Ocean Atlas  –  using recent weather data   Price $115.00   BCA $105.00

How to Read a Nautical Chart by Nigel Calder   Price $35   BCA $30

Modern Marine Weather by David Burch   Price $60   BCA $55

MexWX Mexico Weather for Boaters by Capt Pat Rains   Price $40   BCA $35

Boat Systems

Boatowner’s Mechanical & Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder     Price $75.00      BCA $70.00

Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder     Price $45.00     BCA $40.00

Communication & Electronics

Communication Made Simple for Cruisers by Terry Sparks   Price $50   BCA $45

Icom IC-M802 Starting From Scratch (covers installation) by Terry Sparks   Price $65   BCA $60

Icom IC-M802 Made Simple for Cruisers (operation) by Terry Sparks   Price $40   BCA $35

A New Ham I Am (amateur ham radio) by Terry Sparks   Price $50   BCA $45

Radar Made Simple for Cruisers by Terry Sparks   Price $45   BCA  $40

Language & Translation

Spanish for Cruisers by Cathy Parsons   Price $45   BCA $40

French for Cruisers by Cathy Parsons   Price $45   BCA $40

Mexico Cruising Guides by Latitude Press (the best)

Sea of Cortez – A Cruiser’s Guidebook by Breeding & Bansmer   Price $70   BCA $65

Pacific Mexico – A Cruiser’s Guidebook by Breeding & Bansmer   Price $60   BCA $55

San Juan Islands – A Boater’s Guidebook by Breeding & Bansmer   Price $60   BCA $55

How to Order Books

Browse the titles above, make your selection(s) and send us an email or give us a phone call. If temporarily out of stock we can usually get books in about a week.  We will figure out the best way to deliver the books to you, possibly at an upcoming Bluewater  Cruising Association meeting or course, to save you shipping costs. Then we can work out your price and decide on a payment method. Prices include 5% GST tax but do not include shipping.

Payment Options

For our Canadian customers you can pay us by INTERAC e-Transfer or by a personal cheque written from a Canadian bank account. You can also make your purchase using PayPal or credit card. We will call you to do the credit card transaction by phone for best security, rather than using email.  When you contact us with your interest to buy some books we will work out the most convenient payment method for you.