Salish Sea Pilot: Free PDF-based cruising guides

by Tim on February 21, 2013

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OK, so it’s only of interest to a REGIONAL, rather than a national or global audience, but…this is still pretty cool. Salish Sea Pilot provides free (ad-supported) cruising guides for your laptop, tablet, or smartphone device. Awesome!

Or…you know…maybe not. Honestly, I haven’t made up my mind. But then, I have a hard time being fully objective about this.

Those who know about my effort a couple years ago to get into the cruising guide business will appreciate that my interest in this sort of thing is more than casual. When I see this, my questions are:

  • How good is the quality (both breadth and depth) of the content? Is it usable? Where does it fall short? Can it be sustained? Do the owners plan to expand it?
  • Who are the owners? Are they authoritative and credible?
  • Is the business model sustainable? Will the product be around in five years?
  • How does it compare with competing products? Even if it’s free, does it represent a good investment of my time and attention?

So I am eager to hear how Navagear readers who cruise the Salish Sea feel about this product. Have at it in the comments, or send me an email privately.

From the Salish Sea Pilot website…

Salish Sea Pilot

Salish Sea Pilot guides are in PDF format, and display in phones, tablets and PC, Mac or Linux computers. They also look great on paper! Use any device or medium that suits you.

Gulf Islands cruising guide

This free guide covers anchorages, moorings and marinas throughout the Gulf Islands and southeastern Vancouver Island. The single fiile contains 82 pages and more than 100 illustrations to assist you on your voyage.

San Juan Islands cruising guide

This free guide covers anchorages, moorings and marinas throughout the San Juan Islands and the ports of Bellingham, Anacortes and Boundary Bay. It contains 60 pages and almost 80 illustrations.

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