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Croatia: Cruising Companion Hardcover – 30 Nov 2007

4.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Nautical; 01 edition (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904358284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904358282
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 2.4 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is well produced by Wiley and for all it contains is very good value." -- Multhull Review, June 2008

"...this excellent book gives extensive details of the mainland coastline and islands off Croatia with thorough descriptions"
-- Sailing Today, July 2008

"Croatia undoubtedly has an interesting coastline and this publication does it justice..." -- Classic Boat, February 2008

"I wouldn't take the risk of this book not being onboard. Buy it, and take it with you!" -- Practical Boat Owner, March 2008

"well laid out book...with comprehensive explanations of the pros and cons of each anchorage and port..." -- Dinghy Magazine, February 2008

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"It is well produced by Wiley and for all it contains is very good value."

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Format: Hardcover
For those who wish to explore the islands and coastline of Croatia by boat (and what better way to do it?), this is the guide for you. It also contains much useful information on places to visit, and on the country generally, for the landlubber tourist - though be warned, it will make you want to take to the sea! Even if you don't have or hire a boat, you are likely to use ferries and approach ports in the ways described.

The authors have clearly done their research thoroughly and at length, having taken some 4 years in preparing the guide. My knowledge of the region is, so far, centred on the area around Split and so I checked what the book has to say about it. Chapter 4 covers places like Trogir, Ciovo Island, Kastela (really seven villages with at least one castle each) and Split itself. Chapter 5 covers the islands around Split, including Brac and Hvar. I soon found that there is so much more to see than I have already, and that I need a boat to make the most of it. For example, I sailed past Vranjic Islet and it is clearly worth a visit, and I never did get to Vis Island. You can, of course, cover a lot using ferries and water taxis. Wherever you land, this book will help you find the essentials of a good holiday - restaurants, shops, markets, places of interest - as well as providing a brief history of the area.

This is the most in-depth and up to date book of its kind that I have come across. It is great for planning trips while at home and is an essential on board. It is not a pocket guide, but even if you are not cruising I recommend that you find space to take it with you.
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Format: Hardcover
I sailed many parts of the world before I decided to settle down in Croatia and agree with the authors that Croatia, particularly Dalmatia - the area covered by this book - is one of the best cruising grounds in Europe, if not the wider world.

What I particularly love about the Croatia Cruising Companion is the detail, onshore and offshore. The authors have lived and worked in Croatia for a number of years and it's easy to spot that they know the area inside out, especially when comparing with other publications that are based on occasional visits. There are plenty of Pilot books around which give a section to Croatia, sometimes hidden amongst "Eastern Europe" or "The Adriatic" but all 256 pages of this book are devoted to the Dalmatian Coast and Islands, from Zadar to Dubrovnik, and all the islands in between - Hvar, Brac, Vis, Korcula to name just a few of the larger ones.I enjoy looking up the smaller deserted islands to see what they have to offer as there's not always much information around on them.

As a resident of Split, I also looked at that section very closely. There's a whole page of useful information on the town including a superb selection of restaurants, and contact details for a launderette tucked away in the back streets - UK style launderettes are very rare in Croatia. That's the sort of information that really makes it an insiders' guide. But of course the nautical information is very important too and, with so many bays, marinas, anchorages and ports in Dalmatia it's great to have a well re-searched book that allows you to choose the most suitable spot in an area, based on all the key details - shelter, access, facilities, price, ambience, etc.
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This is a great book with lots of really useful information that helped us make the most of our sailing holiday this year and last. Only three stars however because;
1) I bought it as a Kindle book and found it very frustrating to use on my iPhone. As a reference book it's important to be able to bookmark the pages I was interested in and to find the start of different sections quickly. It may be my own incompetent use of the Kindle app, but I found it very hard to do this. There is a link from each index item to the page(s) referred to, but even paging through the index to find an entry is slow. I don't think Kindle works well for this type of book yet.
2) The book seems rather out of date. There has been a lot of change in Croatia over the last few years and many of the places we visited had entries that referred to marinas planned to open in 2007.
Even so, and in spite of the comments above, it was still a helpful guide.
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Format: Hardcover
Just came back from two weeks sailing in Croatia and found this book to be a valuable asset while planning our trip. It is so well researched and many of their favourite moorings we found also delightful. You will not need another book if sailing in Croatia, even their choice of restaurants was spot on. All harbour charts are listed as well as nautical positions - so you don't have to take readings off charts just put them into your GPS and off you go! A great book.
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Format: Hardcover
first class cruising guide, although hardback it gives all the detail you need. We used to to sail north of Trogir around Kornati Islands. Well worth it
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Format: Hardcover
Although the product is alright it's not exactly what it states on the cover. You would assume that a book called "Croatia Cruising Companion" would cover the whole coast of the country. It does not! The area covered is starting from Zadar and everything south of it. Somewhat disappointing. I'm going to sail in the area of Zadar and the book covers just a part of my intended sailing area.
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