Uniquely Combined Charts and Cruising Guide for the Bahamas
In 1994, Lewis Offshore LTD began its quest to provide cruisers with the most accurate and easy-to-use charts for the Exuma Cays. As long-time cruisers, authors Monty and Sara Lewis knew personally the need for reliable cruising information so they used their own notations and surveys to produce the first Explorer Chartbook for the Exumas. The first edition, EXPLORER CHARTBOOK EXUMAS, was a looseleaf set of 24 charts of the Exumas accompanied by a small guidebook. It was followed by the second edition in 1995, which was the first bound chartbook.
Initially cruising the Bahamas on a 35' sailboat, the Lewises designed the chartbooks for their own use while living aboard a small vessel for several months. The size is ideal for a nav station or cockpit; the cross-referencing of pages makes it easy to find where you want to go next. The combination of small- and large-scale charts allow you to get the big picture first then map out the detailed route. Finally, the extensive listing of cruising facilities and services for each community in which you might anchor, in an alphabetized format, completes the package of Navigational Charts/Cruising Guide all in one book. There is no real need for any other publications in your library. If you can purchase only one book for the area you're visiting, the Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas, Exumas, or Far Bahamas is the one to buy!
Why Use the Explorer Chartbooks?
The hallmark of Explorer Charts is accurate and up-to-date navigational data supplied by Monty and Sara Lewis and their experienced Research Team, who have done more surveys and research than is found any other source. Since the inception of the Explorer Chartbooks, the Lewises have cruised the Bahamas every winter, constantly updating the charts and Need-to-Know Info. Unlike other companies with armchair cartographers in stateside offices, Monty and Sara and their team are in the field doing the real-time research.
The Explorer Chartbook series has come to be known for its special "cruiser-friendly" features:
How to Use Your Chartbook
|Each chartbook's back cover gives you a pictorial sketch of the chart coverage for a general overview. It refers you to specific small-scale charts for planning and large-scale charts for navigating. In planning your entire cruise or just an island hop, first look at the small- and medium-scale charts of the particular area for an overall perspective; then refer to the large-scale charts for details and closeups, as well as essential "Need-to-Know Info" to help you locate what you need ashore.|
Kudos to Explorer Chartbooks
"The 'been-there, done-that, got-the-tee-shirt' cruisers flock to these charts," says Bruce Van Sant, author of Passages South.
"The most accurate and detailed charts of the Exuma Cays ever produced. Far better than government charts." Bluewater Books & Charts
"Your Explorer Charts were extremely popular and went for 123% of value in our auction!" Defever Cruisers
"Anybody cruising the Bahamas should have Explorer paper charts aboard, and now they can have Explorer electronic charts as well (Nobeltec, Garmin & C-Map). Bluewater Books & Charts
"Explorer Charts are clearly superior to anything else seen, with small lat/long grids enhancing transfer of GPS positions directly to charts without mechanical assistance, while still keeping eyes ahead of the boat and on the color of the water and fathometer. Jane and Howard Burdick of Seaburds
The Explorer Chartbook series is a must for any boater in the Bahamas. In the 80s I skippered a 158-foot motor yacht with a 10 1/2-foot draft in the Bahamas for two seasons. I would have paid a month's salary for your books! A satisfied customer
"Just bought Explorer Chartbooks - Great! I love them. I have never seen a more complete of "stuff" for new cruisers anywhere."
"While at Masonboro Boatyard we met a couple on Diva who were getting ready to leave for the second winter. He said "We should all throw away all the other chartbooks. Explorer is absolutely the best available." Al and Gale Parmentier of Resolute