I agree with jim_thomsen. You never know when that one guide will have that one harbor you need in a bad situation. Buy them at half price
(start at Amazon.com) and sell them at half price
, and they cost you nothing.
Here is the reference we used when we set out:
The Two Captains - Reference Shelf
But one overview book will NOT cover everything, unless you are just whizzing through, stopping at only a couple of locations.
As for free downloadable guides... we have just made the jump (in Tonga
now), and we have left a trail of 'Compendiums' behind that are guidebook-ish, that attempt to fill in the gaps between the current
situation and the out-of-date guidebooks
Try this link--they're all free. Download everything you can now, because though there's internet
out there, it's really slow and somewhat expensive.
S/V Soggy Paws Downloads Page
You might also take a look at our blog for an idea of what's out there. We've been cruising in the Pacific since Sep 2008, and only just arrived in Tonga
Cruising with Soggy Paws