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Caribbean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 26, 2018 11:05 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: 2015-10-22 23:00:00
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

Before You Go

The Cost of Cruising

Five bits of gear I wish I'd known about before I left to go cruising

Considerations for marine lightning protection - survey results

Pre-Passage Checks & Preparation

Citizen Science Programmes for Cruisers


Passage Planning

Atlantic Crossing Reports

Atlantic Ocean West Reports

An Explanation of Atlantic Ocean Tides

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

Chance Encounters Between Ships and Whales

A sailor’s guide to whales and dolphins

Join a Rally: World Cruising Club Events



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

Cruisers' Websites (Scroll down for Caribbean Cruisers)



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: 3G Phone and Internet Access

Caribbean Cruisers' Facebook pages

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


Marine Services

Propane Issues when Worldwide Cruising

Caribbean Boat Boys

Chandlery in the Eastern Caribbean

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



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.

Free Forecast Services

20 tips for surviving strong winds


Yacht Security

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)

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

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Bugs: Nine Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay



Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

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


End of Season

How to lay up a yacht abroad

Yacht Transportation

Warning Regarding the International Transport of Yachts

Shipping Your Boat - a Guide for transportation

How To Prepare Your Boat For A Safe Transport

Hurricane Season on the USA East Coast


Helping Others

Caribbean, Dominica: How you can help - updated
Following the devastation wreaked by TS Erika, the islanders need urgent help to get repairs effected and get back on their feet. Dominica will need all the support it can get this coming sailing season from Cruisers who love the island and know what a wonderful place it is to visit.

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.


(Editor’s Note: Any updates to the above articles are very welcome. Either register on noonsite and post a comment yourself, or send your feedback to [email protected], thankyou).

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