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Old 06-01-2012, 05:50   #31
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Well done, young Jedi. I can feel the force is strong in this one

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Old 06-01-2012, 16:33   #32
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Re: Please help me find this: Bruce Van Sant;

Good lord, I just read this thread and had no idea we were sitting on a gold mine! We bought our copy just a couple of years ago at some regular, expected book price (don't remember, but I would not have spent over $30).

The book mostly just reinforces common sense and repeats the adage to wait for the weather window. And the book is mostly for those who refuse to do overnight passages when the weather presents itself.

But cold fronts are your friend in this passage. If you can hop on the back of one, you can make a lot of Easting and Southern miles non-stop before the winds re-establish in the E. But this requires overnight runs - we sailed from the Bahamas to Puerto Rico non-stop for 4 days in a 20-25kt broad reach on the back of a front.

Funny story - when hopping along the South coast of PR during a period of no wind at all, we found ourselves traveling along with another boat heading down the Carib like we were. But this boat was following Van Sant to the letter with no deviation or situational awareness. Again, there was no wind at all for 2 weeks. So every day, we would set out around 9am and motor in flat seas to the next place we wanted to go (against all of Bruce's advice). And every day, this other boat would wait, leave at 4am and we would see it arriving in the anchorage around 9am while we were pulling anchor and leaving for the next place.

Exactly like Bruce says to do!

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Old 06-01-2012, 17:26   #33
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Re: Please help me find this: Bruce Van Sant;

i'm really not sure why folks are driving up the price. I've been given great advice here and am reading with a gain of salt handy.
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Old 06-01-2012, 17:43   #34
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Re: Please help me find this: Bruce Van Sant;

Wow, we also had no idea: we gave our old edition away to a fellow cruiser who was just starting his voyage south after years of getting ready and wrapping up work... but we have our "new" edition (from West Marine? Cruising Guide Publications?), purchased in 2010. Guess that was the tail end of the print run on the latest edition. I also agree that BVS might have a line on where to find more copies or an e-version.
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Good lord, I just read this thread and had no idea we were sitting on a gold mine! We bought our copy just a couple of years ago at some regular, expected book price (don't remember, but I would not have spent over $30).

The book mostly just reinforces common sense and repeats the adage to wait for the weather window. And the book is mostly for those who refuse to do overnight passages when the weather presents itself.

But cold fronts are your friend in this passage. If you can hop on the back of one, you can make a lot of Easting and Southern miles non-stop before the winds re-establish in the E. But this requires overnight runs - we sailed from the Bahamas to Puerto Rico non-stop for 4 days in a 20-25kt broad reach on the back of a front.

Funny story - when hopping along the South coast of PR during a period of no wind at all, we found ourselves traveling along with another boat heading down the Carib like we were. But this boat was following Van Sant to the letter with no deviation or situational awareness. Again, there was no wind at all for 2 weeks. So every day, we would set out around 9am and motor in flat seas to the next place we wanted to go (against all of Bruce's advice). And every day, this other boat would wait, leave at 4am and we would see it arriving in the anchorage around 9am while we were pulling anchor and leaving for the next place.

Exactly like Bruce says to do!

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Great thoughts here. Bruce's approach is great for the non-thinker, and good for the rest of us too... but take it all with a grain of salt. It's another tool in the tool chest. We varied from his approach quite a few times, but his input was very welcome in making OUR decision!
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Re: Please help me find this: Bruce Van Sant;

Amazon.com: Used and New: Ocean Passages and Landfalls

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ROFL somebody please tell Mr Van Sant
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147.00 on Amazon.ca coming from Fla.

Amazon.ca: Used and New: The Gentlemen's Guide to Passages South
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Not anymore. I tried to order the book online with cruisingguides.com, but did not have it eventhough they advertised that they did, so I called them. They then told me that it's out of print. They also said that Bruce is not doing to well, might be the reason it's not back in print. I had already looked on amazon where they were going from 500.00 to over $1000.00. It's on ebay with current bid at $495.00. Ran across this thread and checked out the Alibris books. Had one for $165.00, condition " very good ". Went ahead and ordered it. Heard good things about it, also that it's for people who can't think. Just want it to be part of my library. I'm not going to be in a big hurry anyway. Sam
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So, I brought the price down to half. Still weird that people would pay that while I sell my copies for much, much less. Read back in this thread and send a PM to buyers to ask if they are happy or not. Everybody can afford this guide!

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Re: Please help me find this: Bruce Van Sant;

I just got a 2006 flavor for $35 from a used and rare book store from the net. What I did was google rare and used book. Then all you have is start checking their sites one by one. I got lucky It was in the first 20 or so that I checked.

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I just got a 2006 flavor for $35 from a used and rare book store from the net. What I did was google rare and used book. Then all you have is start checking their sites one by one. I got lucky It was in the first 20 or so that I checked.

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Still a lot of money compared to the ones I'm selling but good to see the price paid is far from what was posted earlier. In fact, I think $35.- is fair enough.

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