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What are the general thoughts on the recommended current cruising Guide to the Chesapeake?
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Cruising the Chesapeake : A Gunkholer's Guide
by William H. Shellenberger
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Re: Chesapeake Cruising Guide

You can access both ActiveCaptain and the WaterWayGuide online. These are not as good as printed resources, which have introductory sections for harbors or town, but do a better job of identifying navigational issues, as you see them on chart layovers. Both a printed book and these online tools is a real winner.


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Sailnet is actually a great resource for Chesapeake Bay cruising information. We have several very active members throughout the Chesapeake who are usually more than happy to help with up to date information and help with planning cruising routes. Some of the information and advice given here is every bit as good - if not better - than what you get in any guide. So certainly if you have questions about anything Chesapeake cruising related, Sailnet is as good a place to start as any.

ActiveCaptain was great 6 or 8 years ago, but in the past 2 or 3 years the amount of new information being posted about Chesapeake locales seems to have fallen way off. WaterwayGuide online doesn't seem to have ever really taken off with much crowd sourced information in the Chesapeake. Without up to date user-generated information, these online platforms really lose a lot of their usefulness as planning tools, although we still occasionally revisit them as the information they contain is better than none at all.

Information in any printed guide will automatically be out of date by as much as a year (or more) by the time of release so they also need to be taken with a grain of salt. The guides with written narratives are nice for getting a general flavor of a town, river, or anchorage but aren't always particularly reliable for navigation or identifying which specific restaurant or ice cream store you want to visit when you get there. Over the years we've been pretty happy with the Guide to Cruising: Chesapeake Bay, which was last updated in 2017 (the edition is dated 2018). It appears the Shellenberger guide has not been updated since 2012.
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Sailnet is actually a great resource for Chesapeake Bay cruising information. We have several very active members throughout the Chesapeake who are usually more than happy to help with up to date information and help with planning cruising routes. Some of the information and advice given here is every bit as good - if not better - than what you get in any guide. So certainly if you have questions about anything Chesapeake cruising related, Sailnet is as good a place to start as any.

ActiveCaptain was great 6 or 8 years ago, but in the past 2 or 3 years the amount of new information being posted about Chesapeake locales seems to have fallen way off. WaterwayGuide online doesn't seem to have ever really taken off with much crowd sourced information in the Chesapeake. Without up to date user-generated information, these online platforms really lose a lot of their usefulness as planning tools, although we still occasionally revisit them as the information they contain is better than none at all.

Information in any printed guide will automatically be out of date by as much as a year (or more) by the time of release so they also need to be taken with a grain of salt. The guides with written narratives are nice for getting a general flavor of a town, river, or anchorage but aren't always particularly reliable for navigation or identifying which specific restaurant or ice cream store you want to visit when you get there. Over the years we've been pretty happy with the Guide to Cruising: Chesapeake Bay, which was last updated in 2017 (the edition is dated 2018). It appears the Shellenberger guide has not been updated since 2012.
Totally agree. Active Captain has relevancy only when it come to many of general info about anchorages and such. Very little updating on fuel etc of marinas. Even in the NE area we have been to

Masts suggestion is also a good one, the Gunkholers guide is excellent we have found for general Information. And the flavor of different spots.

Chesapeake Cruising Guide will be very very gloss over?

And like 4Arch said if you go back into 2018 or this thread lots of first hand Sailnetters info of spots they visit from anchorages to restaurants .

Use the Chesapeake members on this thread to ask questions to, most are very friendly. Three of the mods are from here.


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It appears the Shellenberger guide has not been updated since 2012.
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I still like it, it is the classic guide for the Chessie and I feel it gives a good feel of the different places. But it needs to be supplemented by more recent information
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This is for use as a harbor guide and shore guide..not a navigational chart...So..This is meant to be used for planning along with my paper charts.
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Thanks! I try not to burden our membership with the mundane...but truly appreciate the expertise on the "important"
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As usual, all of you are my most valuable resource. I will go ahead and get the latest Gunkholer's Guide and ask all of you, and those that I run into on the Bay.
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This is for use as a harbor guide and shore guide..not a navigational chart...So..This is meant to be used for planning along with my paper charts.
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I think I mentioned navigational issues, but these guides can not be used to navigate. The online resources have additional marker that provide crowd sourced information that a chart may not have. Keep in mind that official charts can have data that is literally a century old. These can be things like shifting sand bars, recently sunken wrecks or fouled anchorages, if not how well the seabed generally holds an anchor. All crowd sourced info needs to be read with a different eye, sometimes the information even contradicts itself. Nevertheless, I find it extremely useful. If I read there is fouling or that a harbor entrance is more shallow than the chart indicates, I'm certainly going to stay much more alert or potentially choose alternates. The opposite can be the case too, where it help identify a good tucked away spot or a tip/trick.

I can't speak to how current the information is for the Chessy, it's not my cruising ground. They do seem to be getting less input, but I don't know that for sure.


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