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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.

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