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Cruising guide expands coverage

The seventh edition of Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guides has grown to nine regional volumes, being published sequentially over the next year.

The Guide to New England Marinas was the first regional volume to be released. The second regional volume, Guide to Long Island Sound’s Marinas, was also released in May. Another edition soon to be released, Block Island to Cape May, N.J., includes 232 marina reports and 1,800 photos, including Fisher’s Island Sound, the Connecticut River, the Peconics, Long Island’s South Shore Inlets, and the New Jersey Inlets.

The latest guides now cover Bar Harbor, Maine, to Padre Island, Texas, in the East; and Point Roberts, Wash., to Chula Vista, Calif., on the West Coast.

The new edition has been expanded to an 8-1/2-by-11-inch format to accommodate the addition of both photographs and 50-percent more information — up to 300 facts on each marina, according to the publishers.

Every facility is rated on three scales: one to five “bells” for cruiser services; one or two “Travelifts” for boatyard services, and a “sunset” for what they deem very special places. Marina information includes rates, services, faci-lities, mega-yacht services, navigation information, boat supplies and boatyard capabilities.

The Atlantic Cruising Club neither solicits nor accepts marina advertising, and there is no charge to marinas for inclusion in these consumer guides.