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Greek Waters Pilot: Review of Latest Edition

By doina — last modified Dec 06, 2007 02:10 PM

Published: 2007-12-06 14:10:14
Topics: Books,Charts and DVDs
Countries: Greece

Greek Waters Pilot

By Rod Heikell

Published by Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

Tenth edition June 2007

ISBN 978 085288 971 8


Greek Waters Pilot is a comprehensive cruising guide to the coasts and islands of Greece and covers a vast area, from the Ionian Islands to the Aegean as far as Rhodes and Crete. Quarter of a century has gone by since the publication of the first edition of Rod Heikell’s pilot to what was then and continues to be one of the most popular cruising destinations in the world. The current edition has been updated by the author revisiting the Ionian, Saronic and Dodecanese on his current yacht, the 46 foot Skylax. Rod Heikell is the acknowledged authority on the Eastern Mediterranean and this guide shows just how much he knows about that area. The book follows the well tried and highly attractive Imray cruising guide format with details of over 450 ports and anchorages accompanied by charts and harbour plans, waypoints as well as relevant colour photographs. There are useful descriptions of weather conditions, prevailing winds and tips on cruising. Historical notes and sightseeing highlights provide an attractive background to this area where successive civilizations have left their indelible mark. In his introduction, the author points out how in a relatively short time Greece has moved rapidly into the modern world. While in general terms this statement is undoubtedly true, unfortunately not everything in current Greece is to be lauded, primarily the still cumbersome bureaucracy and the disappointing absence of proper yachting facilities in most of its ports. This makes this pilot that much more useful as it will probably help find a secluded, or at least not too crowded, anchorage during the busy summer season.