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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. Later editions omitted several useful charts, and chart and illustration quality was poor.

Much 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. Gone are the days of Radio Direction Finders and 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 published. Cruising‑Cape‑Breton.info is our solution to this problem. As you can see from the "What's New?" column (right), we strive to keep abreast of changes; improving the accuracy, utility, and presentation this information. Read What Cruisers Say… about this site.

This is a never‑ending project, so check back for updates…
…this 'Home' page is frequently revised…

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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 Jell‑O.”
 —Anon
“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
“The prudent mariner never relies on a single source of information.”
 —Captain James Cook, 1728-1779
♦ LATEST NEWS ♦
• Race the Cape
There will be no Race the Cape in 2017. It may return in 2018. We'll keep you posted.
• 2017 Tide & Current Tables…
are posted on the website, including Margaree Breakwater tides for Western Shore cruisers.
WHAT’S NEW?
  • Jan 10 - Services & Supplies updated
  • Jan 04 - Marinas page updated
  • Jan 03 - Publications page revised
  • Dec 17 - Boating Experiences page updated
  • Dec 14 - 2017 Tide & Current Tables
    • Tide & Current Tables for 2017 uploaded
    • Tides page updated
    • Downloads page updated
    • Miscellaneous Docs eBook updated
  • Dec 12 - Publications page revised
  • Dec 11 - Links page revised
  • Nov 30 - Weather page revised
  • Nov 19 - New version of JTides tidal prediction program uploaded
  • Oct 16 - Weather page revised
  • Oct 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Sep 23
    • Pleasant Bay info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
    • Grand Étang Harbour info updated
    • Western Shore eBook updated
  • Sep 09
    • Neils Harbour info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Sep 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Aug 14 - St Anns Harbour
    • St Anns Harbour Overview chart & info revised
    • St Anns Harbour eBook updated
  • Aug 12 - Weather page revised
  • Aug 02
    • Weather page updated
    • Publications page updated
    • CCB App new version uploaded
  • Aug 02
    • Ingonish Harbour info revised
    • Ingonish Landing Marina updated
    • Neils Harbour chart & info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated


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