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Reading a related thread on ICW resources, which best direct people to Active Captain and other real time resources, I recalled a common occurrence.

Often, guests or even just my wife and I will consider a question about a region along the coast, or the controlling depths for a buddy that is considering a transit or some other question. It would be great to have a handy resource, rather than have to grab a computer. Actually, the old fashion concept of a coffee table book is a great conversation starter too.

So, which to you think would be best? Don't really need charts, as much as something that noted controlling depths and air drafts, inlets, abundance of anchorages, ports of interest along the way, etc.


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Isn't what you're describing any one of the printed ICW cruising guides? I often grab my On the Water Chartguides book for the ICW when something crosses my mind.

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Isn't what you're describing any one of the printed ICW cruising guides? I often grab my On the Water Chartguides book for the ICW when something crosses my mind.
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The Doyle Guides, the Waterway Guides, the Kettlewell Guides are all good coffee table fodder.
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Re: ICW coffee table book

We've done the ICW 4 times now and each time we used the Waterway Guides (in conjunction with Active Captain when we could). The Waterway Guides are great, though, in my opinion. Haven't tried any of the others mentioned above.

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Yes, I'm familiar, I asking for individuals suggestions for the best purpose suited. The On the Water guide may be best. I like Waterway guides, but can't actually find one that covers the entire ICW.


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This isn't specific to the ICW, but just an idea to throw out there. When we went to the BVI, wherever we anchored/moored I put our lat/long, a description of the anchorage, and whatever restaurant we ate at on the corresponding guidebook page. That way, we'd have it when we return and when we aren't there, flipping through the book and seeing my notes brings back good memories. I plan on doing the same with my ICW guidebook. During the winter it's nice to look back as well as forward.
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Personally, I would rather run aground with an outdated chartbook than provide any support to AC.

Having said that, ditto on the recommendation of Doyle's On The Water chartguides- great resources.
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Personally, I would rather run aground with an outdated chartbook than provide any support to AC.
Why? It's free and we all get to help each other. That's the beauty of crowdsourcing.

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Why? It's free and we all get to help each other. That's the beauty of crowdsourcing.
There have been issues with the owner here on this site and others, and I have to agree that I would rather there was another option. Unfortunately he is the only game in town for crowd sourced info.
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Dave, I know you like the guy- I find Mr. Siegel unnecessarily offensive and argumentative, and find the e-boat card system unnecessarily intrusive.* As far as the value of crowdsourcing goes, the input from one crowd has less value than the input from many, (for example,think you are going to get an unbiased opinion on android phones if you survey nothing but longtime iPhone users?) which is why i prefer to get input from a variety of fora rather than a single source despite Mr. Siegel's protestations that fora are inherently inaccurate due to the anonymity of the input. (yes i know I am stretching the definition of crowdsourcing) Quite simply, the larger the statistical sample, the more likely to get valuable results.

Sailnet is free, and we get to help each other as well.


* I know some find me unnecessarily offensive and argumentative, as well... I'm okay with that.
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