NAVIGATION IS AN ISSUE
Before heading off to Cuba we armed ourselves with every chart and guidebook we could find. The books we found to be the most useful were ones by Cheryl Barr, Nigel Calder, and, published just two weeks before our trip, the new Waterways Guide coauthored by Addison Chan and Nigel Calder. In addition we would now recommend the Facebook page called “Cuba Land and Sea” as a terrific forum for getting up-to-date information.
As soon as we were away from Havana, we were dismayed to find that our NavNet plotter’s charts were nearly worthless. Our GPS location registered correctly but the charts showed no detail whatsoever. We worked around this by entering waypoints that were described in our guidebooks, and we relied on our iPads with two navigation apps in particular: Both Navionics and
NV Charts were accurate and detailed. While Cuba is more likely than The Bahamas to have aids to navigation, lesser channels are often not marked, so we relied on visual navigation and reading the color of the water just as we do in The Bahamas.