WELCOME to the online version of the only cruising guide produced in Florida, by Florida boating people for the benefit of ALL who cruise our beautiful and ever so varied waters.
The 2013/14 - 31st - print edition of the FCD is now available through this website and has already been shipped to many stores and distributors. You should be able to find it in quite a few marina, marine stores and bookstores throughout Florida and elsewhere. (Any retailers who have not yet ordered the new book can e-mail their orders to us or fax 954-462-8168.) The ISBN on this edition is: 978-1-978864-13-4; cover photo is the under-construction Structure C Bridge on St. Petersburg’s Pinellas Bayway by Bruce Bingham.
Besides the FCD, our SHIP’S STORE has other inventory of interest to cruisers, including books and videos and a few DVDs. Take a look! This website is secure but your orders may be faxed (954-462-8168) with credit card billing information if you prefer. No CODs.
This electronic edition is in no way intended to supplant but is rather meant to complement the print version, which is still updated and published annually and is available from our STORE as well as at most Florida marinas and also at many regional bookstores -- especially those that feature boating and/or water-oriented publications. PLUS, we now offer the print version as a down-loadable e-book for those who prefer to read it on screen.
Perhaps more important is our new Interactive version, which not only contains more (and more up-to-date) information than we could ever publish in print but also makes it available in an easier to access format: Cruising Guide narratives to put everything in a cruising perspective; Sketch Charts to relate the locations visually; and in alphabetical lists, to make specific information easier to find. And ALL of it is cross-linked for quick reference. We hope you find this site useful and welcome your comments and suggestions on ways we might improve it
If you are familiar with our print version, you should feel right at home here as we have included (and tried to improve access to) ALL of the helpful information that has made our publication so useful to Florida's boating people for the past 29 years. If you are new to FCD, please take a moment to check out our “What’s Happening” page; it will help you to get to know us better and also introduce you to some of the features that make our Directory so special. (PS: “Old Friends” may find some interesting info there, also!)
And now, a word from our sponsors. Remember, it is our advertisers who make the FCD available in all its forms; without them we simply couldn't exist. But unlike TV or newspapers, where you often have to look at, if not really pay attention to, ads that are of little interest to you, our FCD advertisers all provide goods and/or services that we boating folk so often NEED. So we hope you will read the ads and urge you to patronize our advertisers at every opportunity. They certainly will appreciate it. And WE will appreciate it if you let them know you learned about their establishment via the FCD. Thanks!
Plus, a note to potential advertisers (which includes ALL marine businesses not currently advertising with us!): Because the current print and e-book versions of the FLORIDA CRUISING DIRECTORY have ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED, it is too late to be included in the 2013/2014 Edition (though it's not a moment too soon to be thinking about next year!). This Website, however, is a whole different story. For more information on becoming a Web only advertiser as soon as next month (or perhaps even sooner!), click on the button.