Crusing Guide for Chesapeake? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 04-02-2009
Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,060
Thanks: 3
Thanked 51 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 9
killarney_sailor is on a distinguished road
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.

Thanks
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 04-02-2009
T37Chef's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,049
Thanks: 52
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 8
T37Chef will become famous soon enough
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
__________________
Shawn
Tartan 37 - S/V Windgeist

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Photo by Joe McCary
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 04-03-2009
JohnRPollard's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chesapeake
Posts: 5,680
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 10
JohnRPollard is a jewel in the rough JohnRPollard is a jewel in the rough JohnRPollard is a jewel in the rough
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).
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62

NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-03-2009
pdqaltair's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Posts: 2,111
Thanks: 1
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 6
pdqaltair is on a distinguished road
Also consider Goolge Earth

Quote:
Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
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.
__________________
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

by Joe Brown, English rock climber




To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 04-03-2009
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: subject to change
Posts: 1,264
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
eryka is on a distinguished road
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 04-03-2009
SVAuspicious's Avatar
Mermaid Hunter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: on the boat - Chesapeake
Posts: 2,989
Thanks: 0
Thanked 59 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SVAuspicious will become famous soon enough
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 04-03-2009
JohnRPollard's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chesapeake
Posts: 5,680
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 10
JohnRPollard is a jewel in the rough JohnRPollard is a jewel in the rough JohnRPollard is a jewel in the rough
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.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62

NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 04-03-2009
SVAuspicious's Avatar
Mermaid Hunter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: on the boat - Chesapeake
Posts: 2,989
Thanks: 0
Thanked 59 Times in 49 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SVAuspicious will become famous soon enough
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.

sail fast,
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 04-03-2009
mccary's Avatar
Aeolus II
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Posts: 670
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
mccary is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
The Bay is easy sailing. The only thing tricky at all is fish traps, and even that is only an issue at night.

sail fast,
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.
__________________
Joe McCary,
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
Sailing Blog:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 04-03-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 722
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
badsanta is on a distinguished road
Why just pass through. It's much to nice to miss such a great crusing ground. Stay awhile and enjoy it.
__________________
That derelict boat was another dream for somebody else, don't let it be your nightmare and a waste of your life.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vanguard Club420 Rigging Guide? CapeSailDad Gear & Maintenance 3 12-17-2008 02:19 PM
Best Crusing Guide for Fla? ftldiver Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 10-06-2003 07:47 AM
A GUIDE TO OFFSHORE PASSAGE MAKERS (Sailing Vessels) piclarke Crew Wanted/Available 0 05-13-2003 04:43 PM
Don Casey's Holiday Gift Guide Don Casey Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 11-22-2001 07:00 PM
Best Bahamas Cruising Guide? helmsman Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 05-21-2001 05:49 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:04 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.