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Cruising the Great Lakes this Summer?

The Great Lakes of the United States and Canada are not only the largest body of lakes in the world but also afford the cruiser some of the most spectacular and beautiful vistas in the world.

If your cruising Lake Erie , take the opportunity to stroll the downtown in Sandusky, Ohio to view the interesting 19th century limestone buildings. If you're transiting between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island is a must-see. For the romantic cruiser spend a night or two at the Grand Hotel. There are no automobiles allowed on the island and you can use a horse and carriage to get around taking you back to a bygone era. If you happen to be in Lake Superior, make your way over to the Apostle Islands. If visiting big cities is your thing, Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit and of course Chicago have anchorages, marinas and unlimited sightseeing opportunities.

Wherever your cruising this summer in the Great Lakes Bluewater Books and Charts knowledgeable staff will help you with all your navigation needs for your passage plans.

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Guides, Pilots, and Sailing Directions

Below is an extensive collection of Guides and Pilots selected to provide the most complete coverage of the area. They cover all of the Great Lakes, New York Waterways and St. Lawrence River.

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Item # Title Edition
9781732514201 Waterway Guide Great Lakes Volume 1 2019
9781732514218 Waterway Guide Great Lakes Volume 2 2019
2980783404 Cruising Guide St Lawrence River & Quebec Waterways 2010
SBCTSC19 Cruising Trent Severn Georgian Bay 2019
SBCGL17 America's Great Loop 2017
9781542322058 100 Great Stops On Americas Great Loop 2017
GOVCP619 NOAA Coast Pilot 6 Great Lakes 2019
LLVOL719 Light List Great Lakes Volume 7 2019
Waterway Guide Great Lakes Bundle 2019
QUIM2019 Quimby's Cruising Guide
CHS CEN300-309
Canadian Sailing Directions  

Chart Books

Below is a selection of chart books for the Great Lakes. All chart books have approach and harbour charts for the designated areas.
Item # Title Edition
LS4 Lake Superior 2011
LM10 Lake Michigan 2016
LH7 Lake Huron 2013
LE7 Lake Erie 2015
LO7 Lake Ontario 2018
HR3 Hudson River & Adjacent Waterways 2013

Paper Charts

Below is a selection of paper charts. The individual small scale paper charts are best used for route planning. NOAA charts are corrected to the latest NTM.
Item # Title Notes
NOS14500 Great Lakes Overall  
NOS14961 Lake Superior  
NOS14901 Lake Michigan  
NOS14860 Lake Huron  
NOS14820 Lake Erie  
NOS14800 Lake Ontario  

Electronic Charts

Protect yourself and your passengers by staying up to date with your charts. With over 10,00 corrections in the U.S. waters alone each year it is important to stay informed. Please have your electronic plotter type and model number available when you order.
Item # Title
C-Map 4D  
NAD026 MSD Great Lakes, Northeast Coast & Approaches 4D
C-Map Max-N  
NAY026 MSD Great Lakes, Northeast Coast & Approaches Max-N
C-Map Max
NAM026 MSD Great Lakes, Northeast Coast & Approaches Max
NAM026 C card Great Lakes, Northeast Coast & Approaches Max
Navionics Plus  
Nav+ MSD All US Bahamas and Canada
Navionics Platinum  
900P+ MSD West Great Lakes
901P-2 MSD East Great Lakes
902P-2 MSD Nova Scotia - St. Lawrence River
Garmin G3  
US604X MSD US All & Canadian West Coast g3
LCA100F MSD Cananda Lakevu HD
Garmin G3 Vision  
LVCA100Z MSD Canada Lakes Lakevu Ultra
LVUS106Z MSD East Great Lakes Lakevu Ultra
LVU107Z MSD West Great Lakes Lakevu Ultra


Be prepared when you travel to foreign ports with the proper courtesy flags. In addition to the flags listed below we can provide you with any size flag for any country you require.
Item # Title Notes
281200 Flag Canada 12 X 18 Printed
191334 Flag Canada 2 X 3 Printed
191337 Flag Canada 3 X 5 Printed
142648 Flag Michigan 12 X 18 Printed
002600 Flag USA 12 X 18 Sewn
1220 Flag USA 2 X 3 Sewn
002460 Flag USA 3 X 5 Sewn