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Welcome to Cruising‑Cape‑Breton.info; your fact‑filled resource for essential information. Whether you're a cruiser venturing to our island, or a new or experienced Cape Breton cruiser seeking new horizons, we have the up‑to‑date information you need. And it's all FREE! For many cruisers, Cape Breton Island is the Ultimate Cruising Destination.

Cruise Cape Breton: The Yachters’ Guide to the Bras d’Or Lakes
published such information in book‑format. It's long out of print and existing editions contain much misinformation. Later editions omitted several useful charts; chart and illustration quality was poor.

Much has changed since Cruise Cape Breton was published in 1974 and revised last in 1992; not only around the island but also in the way we communicate and navigate. Radio Direction Finders and Loran‑C are history. Today, satellites and modern electronics let us navigate with precision. But, change is continuous and makes guide books out‑of‑date before they're published. Cruising-Cape-Breton.info is our solution to this problem. You can see from the "What's New" column, we strive to keep up with changes and to improve the accuracy, utility, and presentation of information. Read What Cruisers Say about the site.

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“Then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” —Randy Komisar
“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” —Dom Degnon
“Cruisers don't have plans, just intentions.” —David Skillings
“Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters.”
 —Howard Bloomfield
“I loved cruising the coast of Maine. For one thing, it helped me conquer my fear of fog. Not that I have learned to feel secure in the fog, but at least I have learned how to grope without panic.” —Herb Payson
“The ideal cruise requires a good yacht, pleasant company, and a strange coast with plenty of islands and rocks.”
 —Humphrey Barton
“The first rule for coastal cruising: start early; finish early.” —Anon
“Cruisers' plans are cast in Jell‑O.”
 —Anon
“Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
“The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities…”
 —Jimmy Cornell
“I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” —Alexander Graham Bell
“A basin ringed by indigo hills laced with marble. Islands within a sea inside an island.” —Silver Donald Cameron
“The prudent mariner never relies on a single source of information.”
 —Captain James Cook, 1728-1779
WHAT’S NEW
  • Apr 18 - SSB Weather table updated
    • Weather page revised
    • Downloads page updated
    • Miscellaneous Docs eBook updated
  • Apr 16
    • Eateries page updated
    • Weather page revised
  • Apr 14
    • St Peter's & Canal info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
    • Downloads updated
  • Apr 12
    • Crammond Islands info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
    • Downloads updated
  • Apr 04 - Publications revised
  • Apr 02 - Services & Supplies updated
  • Apr 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Mar 26
    • White Point Harbour chart added
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
    • Downloads updated
    • Charts page updated
  • Mar 24
    • Baddeck Harbour chart corrected
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
    • Downloads updated
  • Mar 15 - Services & Supplies updated
  • Mar 12 - Chart Symbols added to Misc Docs
    • Chart Symbols amended
    • Downloads updated
    • Miscellaneous Docs eBook updated
  • Mar 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Feb 20 - Marine Services updated
  • Feb 18 - Boating Experiences updated
  • Feb 14
    • Malagawatch chart revised
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Feb 11 - Links updated
  • Feb 06 - Marine Services revised
  • Feb 04 - Publications revised
  • Feb 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
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