Useful Books and Cruising Guides

To purchase cruising guides etc in SA try Whitworths in Port Adelaide or Glascraft Marine at 340 South Rd Richmond Tel 8290 2200. Otherwise a very complete range of all books nautical is available from Boatbooks who have branches in Sydney , Melbourne and Brisbane you can order over phone or find them on the web at:

Cruising Guides for SA

A Cruising Guide to Historic Gulf Ports Vol 1

Graham Scarce c 1985

Kingsley Publications

4 Ti Tree Rd Hawthorndene SA 5051

ISBN 0 9589703 2 7

Detailed and informative guide to cruising St Vincent Gulf part of 4 volume series covering all of SA. Detailed anchoring maps and lots of historical information. The 4 volume set is a must for any SA cruiser.

A Cruising Guide to Historic Gulf Ports Vol 2

Graham Scarce c 1985

Kingsley Publications
4 Ti Tree Rd Hawthorndene SA 5051

ISBN 0 9589703 3 5

Investigator Strait and Kangaroo Island

A Cruising Guide to Historic Gulf Ports Vol 3

Graham Scarce c 1986

Kingsley Publications
4 Ti Tree Rd Hawthorndene SA 5051

ISBN 0 9589703 4 3

Spencer Gulf

A Cruising Guide to The Historic West Coast Vol 4

Graham Scarce c 1988

Kingsley Publications
4 Ti Tree Rd Hawthorndene SA 5051

ISBN 0 9589703 5 1

West Coast

Anchoring and Anchorage in South Australia

James H. Cowell c 1992 1996

Hyde Park Press

ISBN 0 696 122438 2

Definitive work on SA anchorages by a sailing legend. Good maps and local knowledge of many interesting spots in SA. Currently out of print but may be reprinted in the future.

Australia Pilot Volume 1 NP13

Crown Copyright 1992

The Hydrographer of the NavyCovers South Coast of Australia fro m Cape Leeuwin to Green Point. Although intended for large ships it actually has quite a lot of good information on various ports and anchorages as well as wind roses, westher info etc. This volume is due to be updated, vol 14 covering the East Coast already hasand is much better with a lot more information and photos .

Tides Tables for SA Ports

Crown Copyright 2004

Transport SA and Flinders Ports

As well as tide info. this book contains a lot of information on radio, weather safety etc. A must have on every boat.

Other Cruising Guides also Useful and Technical books

The Voyager’s Handbook-The Essential Guide to Bluewater Cruising

Beth A Leonard c 1998

International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press

A fantastically detailed guide to bluewater cruising. Everything you ever wanted to know, very complete and well written. Should become everyone’s bluewater bible.

The Reluctant Mariner

Joanna Hacket c 2001

New Holland Publishers

A great account of an araound the world trip by Joanna and her husband. Well written, witty and informative.

Cruising for Cowards

Liza and Andy Copeland c 1997

Romany Publishing
Vancouver BC

Lots of little tips and insights oin this amusing book.Advice is given on absolutely everything.

The Complete Book of Anchoring and Mooring

by Earl R Hinz
2nd edition, 1994

Cornell Maritime Press

ISBN 0-87033-452-2.

Very good information on anchoring and mooring by an engineer sailor with many years’ experience.

Australian Cruising Guide

Alan Lucas c 1994

Imaray Laurie Norie and Wilson Ltd

St Ives England

A guide to the whole of Australia that is getting a little out of date and covers very little of SA. Some good info on anchorages and weather though.

Storm and Silence – A Portrait of the Tasman

Seaby Joe Cannon, 2003

Deep Sea Press pb

ISBN 0-9750573-0-8

An excellent book written by an accomplished sailor from Hobart about his circumnavigation of the Tasman

Sensible Cruising – The Thoreau Approach

by Don Casey and Lew Hackler10th printing ,1995

International Marine Publishing

ISBN 0-87742-288-5

Subtitled “A Philosophic & Practical Approach to Cruising” and in it’s 10th printing, this book is one to savour and reflect upon while hanging off the hook in some remote anchorage

Sea Change

by Mairi Hedderwick, 2001


ISBN 1 84195 106 4

Subtitled “The Summer Voyage from East to West Scotland of the Anassa”, this is an intimate account of a voyage along some of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world

The View from Pluto

by Stuart Buchanan, 2002

Coral Coast Publications

ISBN 0 9586433 1 8

Author of The Lighthouse Keepers [another excellent book], this well written and light hearted book chronicles the voyage of the H28 Pluto up the Qld coast and back to Manly

Messina News

by Heather Campbell and Graham Henshaw 2003

Hesperian Press Carlisle WA

ISBN 0 85905 318 0

A cruise round the top of Australia from Fremantle to Townsville in a converted wooden crayboat. A well written, amusing and also tragic account of this couple’s courage and perseverance.

A Slow Amble Along the Coast

by Dave Mardle published Oct 1996

Memoir Publishing

ISBN 0 646 30116 0

A very personal account of his voyage around the coast (mostly single-handed) from Adelaide to Bowen and back to Brisbane in his 29′ Swanson Tarooki. With astute observations about his own reactions as he faced the challenges of sailing alone (and occasionally with others) and of the places and people he met along the way, this is a book that is much a reference as it is the chronicle of a journey.

A Dawdle to the Derwent

by Dave Mardle published Oct 2002

Memoir Press

ISBN 0-9585160-1-4

Having turned north up the coast last time (see A Slow Amble Along the Coast), this time Dave was determined to get to Tasmania, a place he regarded as a potential new home, at least for a significant period. A well documented account of his journey from Adelaide to the Derwent via the north coast of Tasmania, there is a wealth of information about ports, anchorages, sea conditions and life on board, again from the perspective of a single-hander. Dave Mardle’s contact address is Helms Road, Gardners Bay, Tasmania 7112, phone 03 6295 0298


Sailing Alone around the World
Joshua Slocum

Ed . Tim Flannery c 2003 (many othe edtions available)

The Text Publishing Company. Melbourne

The first man to sail solo around the world. A classic tale very well written and with fine detail. Flannery’s reprint also contains text from the marvellous Captain Crappo, another lone sailor. who crossed the atlantic in a little dory with a not so little wife.

A Voyage for Madmen

Peter Nichols,c 2001

Harper Collins 2002
ABN 36 009 913 517

An amazing account, very well written, about the first solo around the world race. Full of great characters and extraordinary deeds.