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Caribbean Island Hopping (Bring Your Own Boat Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Positives: The information is fantastic, the advice is warranted and the first-person take on the locals and their wildly diverse cultures is priceless. Worth the money for those reasons. It`s difficult to find accurate and updated on this topic, and the text is pretty comprehensive offering lots of descriptions of exactly what you want/need to know. This is why it is so disappointing to spend he money and have problems like the ones described below.
Negatives: The way the information is presented would be fine if it were done so consistently... which it IS NOT. Example: stops 13 ad 14 are just missing...
If you`re just reading this for pleasure and have no plans to actually travel the Caribbean by boat, you might not care about the details ; but as someone who is planning on using the information contained to survive, the inconsistency of everything is crucially misleading in places and caused me to work quite a bit to figure out if I could even trust the author to be factual. I understand that it is A LOT of information to over, but I spent $30 on this and actually just spent hours simply verifying the route recommended by the author against my own maps.
The information is presented as mini-chapters, one for each island or recommended stops, which is fine. But the author REPEATEDLY begins describing other nearby islands (which have their own dedicated mini-chapters) a if he`s gone on a tangent, and if he does return to the topic labeled in the chapter title, he does so ambiguously such that you`re not sure which island he`s actually talking about. If you can figure out what happened, you`re left frustrated...
If he does use maps they are labeled using a different coding system than what defines the chapters. The Bahamas are particularly confusing in this respect.
His track through the Bahamas actually doubles back in a way that makes no sense, he takes you back a hundred miles north to an area you have already passed through. I actually mapped all of the 45 "stops" in Google Earth after reading most of the book to figure out what the hec was going on' and my conclusion is that he got confused when doing the edit for the book... Google Earth does not lie.
As for editing, this is where he cut corners. I can tell a lot of cutting and pasting paragraphs took place towards the end of writing this, and then nobody went through and read what was there after everything This leads to descriptions of places occurring in different places in the book/chapters as well as repetition of (albeit good) information several times.
There are more quibbles such as how clear it is that nobody went through and read the finished product before publishing do to spelling errors spell check wouldn`t pick up. Puerto Rico gets very little description compared to much smaller and less significant islands. His compass bearings are off in places, so instead of a place being NW as described for example it might be straight north... even some of the GPS coordinates are less than accurate... (and listed for some places and not for others). He does not follow the same formatting across chapters (Bold headers. italics, titles, various images)
Overall: If the author fixed the consistency issues and put descriptions in appropriate places as described above then this would be a FIRST RATE RESOURCE. So an updated edition would be nice for those who haven`t spent the money yet.
The actual information contained is again, priceless. But the presentation can be priced, I would put it at about $15 in its current state.
I`ve even picked up some new habits due to the content. I plan on adopting his method for laundry as an example. And he is clearly experienced and trustworthy. So considering the lack of good resources out there on this topic, I have to recommend the book. The money savings you can learn from this book will earn back those $15 you spent on deciphering the terrible consistency issues and frustrations verifying the information.
Seriously, Capt John... spend a weekend at anchor in paradise fixing these issues and you can be proud of this accomplishment.