The Florida Cruising Directory is the latest version of an idea that first bloomed back in 1982. Founder Pete Smyth, who at the time was publishing a regional monthly boating magazine, realized there was an overwhelming need for a comprehensive source book, a book of “local knowledge” that, unlike most cruising guides, which are produced by visitors who come in, take a quick look and then write an “authoritative” book based on limited observation, would be created by Florida boatingpeople to provide accurate, up to date and practical information for everyone boating in Florida, “locals” and “snowbirds” alike. His dictum to the Editor and Staff of the first edition was simple: “Make sure it contains everything anyone boating in Florida needs to know; don't leave anything out. Our goal is to make boating more fun and less hassle for Florida boaters and our cruising visitors.” 160 pages.
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