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Cruising Guide Inventory

Sanctuary’s inventory of paper cruising guides follows.  In the list, most of the titles are current, but editions may not be.  Some of the print edition guides are no longer being maintained by the authors.  Some of these resources may be available from used book sources on the Internet.  One that is particularly useful is: Cruising Guide: St. Lawrence River & Québec Waterways (from Cornwall to the Gulf of St. Lawrence), by Michel Sacco.

Several of these guides can be supplemented with online resources that have emerged since Sanctuary and crew began cruising.  Three online sources we feel are of great value include http://www.cruisersnet.net for the US south and southeast coast, http://www.waterwayguide.com and http://www.activecaptain.com.

The Waterway Guide and SSECN (Cruisersnet) Internet sites both display far too many graphics for cruisers actually engaged in cruising.  The graphics on these sites can completely overwhelm 3G WWAN (cell-type) “broadband” Internet connections, effectively rendering the sites unusable.  This is especially true in remote areas with weak reception where transmission errors cause slow, repetitive data re-transmission of stuff you don’t want, need or care about anyway.  In consideration of this limitation, when the sites work, both offer good information on potential problem areas, fuel availability and pricing, Marinas and Points-of-Interest (POIs).  With WWAN connectivity, ActiveCaptain.com is the most reliable of the sites for availability and usability.  ActiveCaptain content is analogous to “Skipper Bob Books;” short, sweet and to-the-point.

The above mentioned Internet sites are all free-of-charge, but each requires users to create unique logon ids.  We feel the best use of these online resources is to consult them together, cross-checking them with each other.  Almost always, one will have slightly more timely and current information than the others.

Sanctuary’s paper guidebook inventory:

Guide Title Publisher Editor/ Author Pub
Edition
The Great Circle Route Skipper Bob 8th
Cruising the Trent-Severn Canal, Georgian Bay and North Channel Skipper Bob 5th
Cruising the Trent-Severn Canal, Georgian Bay and North Channel Skipper Bob 6th
Cruising Lake Ontario Skipper Bob 1st
Cruising The New York State Canal System Skipper Bob 7th
Cruising From Chicago to Mobile Skipper Bob & Seafarer Jack 3rd
Cruising The Gulf Coast Skipper Bob & Cap’t Bob 4th
Cruising Lake Michigan Skipper Bob 1st
Cruising the Rideau & Richelieu Canals Skipper Bob 7th
Marinas Along the Intracoastal Waterway Skipper Bob 10th
Anchorages Along The Intracoastal Waterway Skipper Bon 11th
Bahamas Bound Skipper Bob 9th
The Cruising Guide to the New York State Canal System NYS Canal Corp.
Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain Pelican Publishing Co. Chris W. Brown III and Claiborne S. Young
Cruising Guide: St. Lawrence River & Québec Waterways (from Cornwall to the Gulf of St. Lawrence) L’Escale Nautique Michel Sacco
Cruising Guide to the Hudson River, Lake Champlain & the St. Lawrence River Lake Champlain Publishing Company Alan and Susan McKibben 7th
A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast Diamond Pass Publishing, Inc Hank and Jan Taft & Curtis Rindlaub 5th
Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Bay Communications, Inc. Marty LeGrand
Cruising The Chesapeake McGraw Hill William H. Shellenberger 3rd
The Intracoastal Waterway – Norfolk to Miami – A Cockpit Cruising Handbook Moeller, Jan and Bill 5th
Intracoastal Waterway Facilities Guide Offshore Communications, Inc.
Waterway Guide, Chesapeake Bay Jack Dozier, Publisher Annual
Waterway Guide, Atlantic ICW Jack Dozier, Publisher Annual
Waterway Guide, Southern Jack Dozier, Publisher
Waterway Guide, Great Lakes Jack Dozier, Publisher Gary Reich, Ryan Stallings 60th
AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 1: Norfolk, VA to Beaufort, SC On The Water Mark and Diana Doyle 1st
AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 2: Hilton Head, SC to Miami, FL On The Water Mark and Diana Doyle 1st
The Great Book of Anchorages Beach House Publications Chuck Baier and Susan Landry 1st
Lakeland Ports o’ Call: Lake Ontario and 1000 Islands O’Meara Brown Publishing Matthew M. Wright 1st
PORTS: Trent-Severn Waterway and Lake Simcoe Overleaf Design Ltd. Ann Vanderhoof
Michigan Harbors Guide Metro Media Associates, Inc Michigan DNR
Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina John F. Blair, Publisher Claiborne S. Young 4th
Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia John F. Blair, Publisher Claiborne S. Young 5th
Florida Cruising Directory Waterways, Inc., Publisher Gina Smyth 24th
Cruising the Florida Keys Pelican Publishing Co. Claiborne S. Young and Morgan Stinemetz 2nd
Cruising Guide to the Florida Keys Genesis Press Frank Papy 12th
Cruising Guide to Western Florida Pelican Publishing Co. Claiborne S. Young 6th
A Guide to the Anchorages of Southwest Florida Boater’s Action and Information league, Inc. (BAIL) Walter Stilley, et. al. 2nd
Inlet ChartBook: Southeastern United States White Sound International, Ltd. http://www.wspress.com Steve Dodge, with Jon and Jeff Dodge 3rd
Discovering the Tidal Potomac Heron Island Guides Rick Rhodes 2nd
A Gentleman’s Guide to Passages South Cruising Guide Publications Bruce Van Sant 8th
Yachtsman’s Guide to the Bahamas Tropical Island Publishers, Inc 59th
The Bahamas Cruising Guide With The Turks and Caicos Islands Nomad Press Mathew Wilson 4th
The Cruising Guide to Abaco Bahamas White Sound International, Ltd. http://www.wspress.com Steve Dodge, with Jon and Jeff Dodge
A Visual Cruising Guide to the Southern New England Coast International Marine James L. Bildner
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