BOOK REVIEW | Adriatic Pilot – Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, East Coast of Italy, Albania

This is the eighth edition of an obviously very popular title. Its steady updating and improvement shows on almost every page. Your reviewer used the fifth (2008) edition when cruising the area in 2010. This edition is even more useful.

The Adriatic Sea requires little introduction to most mariners. It has been a busy maritime corridor since ancient Greek times and probably before. Its history incorporates almost every European civilisation since records began. While oozing history, it is also scenically and culturally fascinating and interesting from a culinary perspective.

As with its predecessor pilots and, indeed, all Imray books, it is very well and invitingly described here. It is also accurately described as your reviewer can attest from covering about half the Adriatic coast personally. Unfortunately, as the authors note, some of the harbours, particularly on the Croatian coast, have become victims of their own success becoming crowed and expensive. A great pity.

Nevertheless, it is a fascinating part of the world. Your reviewer as worked and played there and enjoyed both. This excellent pilot offers the best possible way to learn about it and its many charms.

Author: Trevor and Dinah Thompson

Available from Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, St Ives Cambridgeshire, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.