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Crusing Guide for Chesapeake?

Does anyone have a favourite cruising guide for the Chesapeake? I am looking for one that is really good for identifying anchorages.

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Chesapeake Bay Magazines, Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay

West Marine: 2009 Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay Product Display

I will also plug Active Captian: ActiveCaptain - The free, interactive cruising guidebook

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We really like The Gunkholers Guide to the Chesapeake. It's in book format, written by a fellow that cruised the bay with his family for many decades and explored virtually every nook. It also covers Delaware Bay up to Philadelphia, I believe.

The Gunkholers Guide has little chart inserts for anchorages, harbors etc, but you need to have real charts to accompany it. We use the ADC Chesapeake chart pack supplemented by a few NOAA charts (and our little Garmin plotter).


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Chesapeake Bay Magazines, Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay

West Marine: 2009 Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay Product Display

I will also plug Active Captian: ActiveCaptain - The free, interactive cruising guidebook
Open the chart book and scan down the the shore with Google Erth. The 2 together will show up some interseting possiblities that you may overlook. It also gives a different perspective, pardon the pun. It helps yu combin visual understanding with navigation details.

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If you want to go low-tech and are looking to just buy or borrow a printed book, try Shellenberger's "Cruising Guide to the Chesapeake" - lots of accurate descriptions of anchorages.
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I agree that pouring over charts is a good idea. Mr. Pollard is correct - the bible for Chesapeake cruising is Bill Shellenbergers guide here Amazon.com: Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide: William H. Shellenberger: Books

There are all kinds of wonderful places to anchor around the Bay. Best cruising around the US.
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Killarney,

I saw your other thread where you indicated that you will simply be transitting the Chesapeake enroute to other destinations (Bermuda, etc).

The Gunkholers Guide by Shellenberger that I and others recommend is, as Auspicious put it, "the bible". But now knowing that you will be more of a transient, I will add that it is a fairly expensive hardbound guide.

So, it may not be worth the investment for someone that is just passing through? You might get by with a cheaper chart pack and advice from some of us "locals" here at Sailnet.


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I concur. If you are just passing through just give your time frame and desires - you'll surely get plenty of help without buying a guide.

The Bay is easy sailing. The only thing tricky at all is fish traps, and even that is only an issue at night.

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The Bay is easy sailing. The only thing tricky at all is fish traps, and even that is only an issue at night.

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I would agree about the book, "Cruising The Chesapeake, A Gunkholer's Guide". That book is the bible for cruising The Bay.

I would add another "tricky" part. That is summer squalls. They can be treacherous. In my 35 years experience sailing on The Bay I have learned that for most times, if you are off the water by 4pm you will be safe. Also, worth noting for the rookie Bay sailor is the bugs. They can turn a pleasant day on the Bay into a nightmare. Get some bug juice, some recommend Skin So Soft and others use something with loads of Deet, take your pick. The Jellyfish get progressively worse after July 4th.

Lastly, make sure you stop in for some Chesapeake Bay crabs, a treat that makes The Bay.

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Why just pass through. It's much to nice to miss such a great crusing ground. Stay awhile and enjoy it.

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