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Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

Hello all,

What's the best guide to get for cruising the Cruising the Chesapeake Bay? I am mostly interested in practical information such as best anchorages, marinas, routes, etc...

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Re: Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

Shellenberger's "Cruising the Chesapeake", along with the Maryland Cruising Guide and Virginia Cruising Guide chart books published biannually by Williams & Heinz. You may also want the Maptech Chartkit for Region 4, the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay chart book.
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Re: Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

In addition to the hard copy guides, an excellent on-line resource is ActiveCaptain.com.
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Re: Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

Shellenbergers is getting quite stale due to lack of continued editing. Still good but getting 'stale'.

Chesapeake Bay Mag. "Guide to Cruising the Chesapeake Bay" is constantly upgraded but suffers from an overabundance of 'flowery' expletives and 'literary excess' that can cloud the 'meat and potatoes' (for those who are 'visually' oriented) ... but probably the most 'up to date' of all the Bay guides out there.
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Re: Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

The above mentioned guides are good..however if your considering a CG license then I may suggest that you become familiar with the following:

United States Coast PilotŪ
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Re: Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

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The above mentioned guides are good..however if your considering a CG license then I may suggest that you become familiar with the following:

United States Coast PilotŪ
The ATN information and chanel information is generally good in the Coast Pilot (in fact many guide books more or less quote the CP, perticularly if their writers have not been a given place--it's generally rather obvious).

However, the descriptions of small harbors away from CG maintained channels, services, and general descriptions for out-of-the-way places can be 10-20 years out of date. Seriously. Much of the Delmarva is that bad.

I often review the CP if I will be visiting entrances I know to be changable.

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Re: Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide

I love my handheld Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx with the East Coast chart chip for navigating those small creeks. I can't believe how accurate it is for depth contours, even in the small out-of-the-way creeks. I now navigate with the handheld GPS and a paper chart in the cockpit, along with the depth sounder. It also allows you to use outdated charts and chartkits without incident. When coastal sailing, I periodically use the Find-Marine-NavAids function to make sure I do not hit one and to confirm my position. I can also run the cursor up the superimposed course to make sure there are no obstructions, NavAids, or other dangers awaiting me.

I still appreciate the charts and chartkits and cruising guides, as complements to the GPS unit.

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