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Cruise Cape Breton
–The Yachters’ Guide to the Bras d’Or Lakes
, published such information in book‑format. It's long out of print and existing, dog‑eared editions contain much misinformation. Chart and illustration reproduction in later editions was of poor quality and several useful charts were omitted.

A lot has changed since the original Cruise Cape Breton guide book was published in 1974 and last revised in 1992—not just around the island, but also in the way we navigate and communicate. Long gone are the days of Radio Direction Finders and even Loran‑C. With GPS and state‑of‑the‑art electronics, we navigate with a precision that was undreamt of then. However, change is continuous, making guide books out‑of‑date before they're ever published.
Cruising‑Cape‑ is our solution to this problem. As you can see from the "What's New?" column (right), we strive constantly to keep abreast of changes and to improve the accuracy, utility, and presentation of our information.
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This is a never‑ending project, so check back for updates…
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“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” —Dom Degnon
“Cruisers don't have plans,
just intentions.”
 —David Skillings
“Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters.” —Howard Bloomfield
“I loved cruising the coast of Maine. For one thing, it helped me conquer my fear of fog. Not that I have learned to feel secure in the fog, but at least I have learned how to grope without panic.”
 —Herb Payson
“The ideal cruise requires a good yacht, pleasant company, and a strange coast with plenty of islands and rocks.”
 —Humphrey Barton
“The first rule for coastal cruising: start early; finish early.” —Anon
“Cruisers' plans are cast in
“Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.”
 —Robert Louis Stevenson
“The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities…” —Jimmy Cornell
“I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”
 —Alexander Graham Bell
“A basin ringed by indigo hills laced with marble. Islands within a sea inside an island.”
 —Silver Donald Cameron
Harbour & Anchorage charts for the Western Shore of the island (Strait of Canso to Chéticamp) are now available on this site.
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  • May 10 - Eateries updated
  • May 08
    • Links updated
    • Western Shore charts & eBook uploaded
  • May 05 - CCB App new version
  • Apr 28 - Eateries updated
    • Groundswell Pub (D'Escousse)
    • MidTrail Motel & Inn (Pleasant Bay)
  • Apr 11 - Northern YC info updated
  • Apr 09
    • Links updated
    • Essential Publications updated
  • Apr 01 - CCB App new version
  • Mar 28 - Georges River BC info updated
  • Mar 27 - Marine Services Providers updated
  • Mar 09 - Marine Services Providers updated
  • Mar 05 - Additions made to Eateries
  • Mar 01 - Links updated
  • Mar 01 - CCB App new version
  • Feb 25 - Supplies updated
  • Feb 24 - Pub in D'Escousse
    • D'Escousse chart & info updated
    • Eateries updated
    • Chedabucto Bay eBook updated
  • Feb 06 - St Peter's 2016 Lock Hours
    • St Peter's Lock Hours updated
    • St Peter's & Canal chart updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Jan 01 - Abbreviations & Symbols
    • Abbreviations & Symbols added
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated

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