We've sailed up and down the islands several times, from Vieques to Grenada
. The only paper charts I used were for Culebra
, and I could have done without them there, too. Doyle's guides are all you need for the Leewards and Windwards. Scott for the Virgin Islands
. The guides' sailing instructions and sketch charts are better than having paper charts.
I wouldn't go to the expense of buying
charts at all. We have a chartplotter
and a handheld GPS unit which were handy for passage
planning and for having an aiming point and monitoring progress during passages, but the CMAP electronic charts were so inaccurate, I never used them for close in sailing around the islands and reefs
. BTW, the CMAP charts are based on the same info as the paper charts.
Doyle's guides and my eyeballs were the best combo. If you do decide to buy paper charts, don't trust them.