Eight Bells: Stephen J. Pavlidis

The author of popular cruising guides covering the Bahamas and Caribbean will be missed.

Stephen J. Pavlidis
Stephen J. PavlidisCourtesy of the publisher

Early May 29, 2018, world-famous author of sailing and boating guides, Stephen J. Pavlidis, 65, passed away after a long period of failing health. According to his publisher, Joseph F. Janson of Seaworthy Publications, "Steve was one of the hardest working individuals I have ever known. Even while his health was failing, he continued to work on projects and co-authored a new book, The Captain's Guide to Hurricane Holes, that was published in 2018. He had a brilliant mind and was a unique combination of writer and cartographer in one person".

In total, Pavlidis wrote more than a dozen legendary cruising guides covering The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, and a region he described as the northwest Caribbean that includes the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Guatemala and the Rio Dulce, as well as Honduras and the Bay Islands. His work has long been described as the best available references for cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean. According to Janson, “Steve personally sailed to and visited each place he wrote about and drew over 500 detailed charts covering his journeys. Seaworthy Publications will continue to keep Steve’s guides up to date as Steve always did his best to ensure. Steve was more than a good writer; he was also my friend. He will be sorely missed.”