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Great Lakes Cruising 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.

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 NOAA
NOS14961 Lake Superior NOAA
NOS14901 Lake Michigan NOAA
NOS14860 Lake Huron NOAA
NOS14820 Lake Erie NOAA
NOS14800 Lake Ontario NOAA

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 Notes
LS4 Lake Superior Richardsons
LM10 Lake Michigan Richardsons
LH7 Lake Huron Richardsons
LE7 Lake Erie Richardsons
LO7 Lake Ontario Richardsons
HR3 Hudson River & Adjacent Waterways Richardsons

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.
Item # Title Notes
2980783404 Cruising Guide St Lawrence Riv & Quebec Waterways Lake Champlain Publishing
SBCTSC18 Cruising Trent Severn Georgian Bay 17th Skipper Bob
SBCGL17 America's Great Loop 17th Skipper Bob
0939837684 The Great Circle Route 2nd Paradise Cay Publications
GOVCP618 NOAA Coast Pilot 6 Great Lakes 48TH ED 2018 NOAA
PORTSTRENT16 Ports Guide Trent Severn And Lake Simcoe Ports Cruising Guides
9780998586335 Waterway Guide Great Lakes 2018 Waterway Guide
0967662087 Well Favored Passage Lake Huron North Channel Marjorie Brazer

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 G2  
US604X MSD US All & Canadian West Coast g2
Garmin G2 Vision  
VUS042R MSD Great Lakes

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