Although the publisher is aiming at sailors, this is a comprehensive and enjoyable guide to the Solent. An A4-sized volume that is surprisingly heavy, this book is very good value and affordable as a general interest book.
NAME: Solent Cruising Companion
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Derek Aslett
PUBLISHER: Wiley Nautical
BINDING: Hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
The ‘new look’ Cruising Companions to be published by Wiley Nautical since the acquisition of the series in June 07 is now expanding and this new publication matches the new format. Although the publisher is aiming at sailors, this is a comprehensive and enjoyable guide to the Solent. An A4-sized volume that is surprisingly heavy, this book is very good value and affordable as a general interest book. The author has done a very good job of collecting together all of the information that a sailor cruising in the waters would need for a productive and enjoyable voyage. There is lavish illustration and the use of colour throughout makes this a very attractive work. Anchorages and ports are covered in detail with map coordinates. There are notes on the history of the area and a wealth of detail covering shops, restaurants and places to visit. Much of the information also applies to visitors who may not be sailing their own boat, but driving and using ferries. There is also more information than typical tour guides that will add to the enjoyment of all those visiting the area. Given the relatively low price of this excellent book, and the probability that the publisher will be reprinting regularly, many readers may buy a copy now and then purchase a revised copy for later cruises, but the publisher offers a free update service. The book includes a registration card which can be completed and posted to the publisher, or the reader can complete a form on-line at the publisher’s Internet website. This reviewer cannot comment on the update service because no example accompanied the review copy of the book, but if it matches the standard achieved by the book itself, it will be a very valuable additional service.