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Caribbean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 07, 2019 06:07 PM
For any cruisers planning a passage to the Caribbean this winter, here is a round-up of some useful articles and links from

Published: 2018-11-16 11:00:00
Topics: Atlantic Ocean West , Caribbean Sea , Cruising Information , Atlantic Crossing
Countries: Anguilla , Antigua & Barbuda , Aruba , Bahamas , Barbados , Belize , Bermuda , British Virgin Islands , Cayman Islands , Cuba , Curacao , Dominica , Dominican Republic , Grenada , Guadeloupe , Haiti , Jamaica , Martinique , Montserrat , Panama , Saba , Sint Maarten , Spanish Virgin Islands , St Barts , St Kitts & Nevis , St Lucia , St Martin , St Vincent & the Grenadines , Statia , Trinidad & Tobago , Turks & Caicos , US Virgin Islands , Venezuela

This report was revised and updated November 2018.

Before You Go

Documents Required & Other Considerations when Cruising Abroad

Considerations for marine lightning protection - survey results

Citizen Science Programmes for Cruisers

Join a Rally: World Cruising Club Events

Pre-Passage Checks & Preparation


Passage Planning

Atlantic Crossing Reports and Links

Atlantic Ocean West Reports and Links

Caribbean Sea Routing advice and articles

Cruising West from Trinidad: Cruisers give their advice

Grab Bag: What should you pack for a long voyage?

Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

Aluminium Cans and the Ocean

Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning...

Ocean Crew Link

A sailor’s guide to whales and dolphins



RYA Book of Caribbean Cruising

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South
A discussion of various routes from North America to the Caribbean as well as a discussion of the entire Caribbean.

Caribbean Free Cruising Guides

Chris Doyle's Caribbean Sailors Guides

USA: Print-on-demand Imray Caribbean charts now available

Caribbean Compass – Free monthly online boating publication

Three Families on a Caribbean Sabbatical

Voyaging with Kids - A Guide to Family Life Afloat



Eastern Caribbean Cruising: Simplified Clearance Procedures Explained

Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

Warning if cruising the Caribbean with pets



Cruising Radio Nets Atlantic

Cruising Radio Nets Caribbean (scroll down)

Caribbean & Beyond: SSCA Obtains New FCC License to Benefit Cruisers

Caribbean Cruisers' Facebook pages

Kids4Sail Facebook Group

Cruisers Network Online: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Africa, South Pacific

Caribbean Cruising and Cell Phones

Optimizing Iridium GO use on board


Marine Services

Caribbean Boat Boys

eZone: Clearance and delivery of online purchases into the Caribbean, Latin and Central America

Caribbean Boatyard Safety: Good Grounding Saves Lives

Getting work done on your boat whilst long distance cruising: Cruisers Tips

You, the shipyard and your insurance policy



IMO/WMO Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service

Gulf Stream Weather

Marine Weather Center - Caribbean

National Hurricane Center
Concerned boaters can subscribe to the NHC Facebook page and get their Tropical weather information directly.

Weather Resources for the hurricane season

Free Forecast Services

20 tips for surviving strong winds

Preparing a marina bound boat for a tropical storm

Bahamas: Lessons learned from a sudden storm at anchor


Yacht Security

SAR Contacts - Find Rescue Coordination Centres Worldwide

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)

Cyber-Crime Scams Against Yachts in the Caribbean - CSSN Special Report

Caribbean Security for Cruisers: Everyone’s Concern, Everyone’s Responsibility

Caribbean Navigator
Facebook Group supporting all cruisers who wish to share safe sailing, navigation, and boat security information for the Caribbean Sea.

Noonsite’s Piracy Pages
For the latest reports from cruisers about yacht security worldwide

Securing your boat from intruders

Protecting yourself from boat theft

Island Theft - Our Thoughts



Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

Mosquitos: Zika Virus

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Bugs: Nine Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay

Dangers of the Manchineel Tree



Small Caribbean Island's Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

Atlantic Ocean - The Sargassum Phenomenon is a Serious Issue for Atlantic sailors


End of Season

Choosing a boatyard for the hurricane season

How to lay up a yacht abroad

Lessons Learned from the 2017 Hurricane Season

Yacht Transportation

Warning Regarding the International Transport of Yachts

Shipping Your Boat - a Guide for transportation


Helping Others

After the Hurricanes: Sailors Lend a Hand

School Supplies still needed in Dominica's Schools

Caribbean Volunteer Projects
Short-term seasonal cruisers to the Caribbean or life-long sailors who have made the region their home can make a difference to the islands’ people and wildlife. All at Sea Magazine show a sample of seven ways that you can volunteer.


Caribbean Cruiser's Blogs

Taking a Sabbatical to Sail, Kitesurf and Explore

Around'n Circles - south to the Caribbean and beyond

Becoming a Sailor

The voyage of a concrete gaffer

Sailing north  through the Caribbean with teenagers on board


(Editor’s Note: Any updates to the above articles or suggestions of links you have found useful for Caribbean cruising are very welcome. Either register on noonsite and post a comment at the bottom of this report, or send your feedback to, thankyou).

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