Secrets? Know the currents. Planning is easy to visualize with the deepzoom.com tool. Carry large scale paper charts and turn off your mobiles when you get near O Canada or you'll get a nasty roaming charge. Our fam spent a week in the SJ islands and all had a great time. From eagles to orcas, abundant wild life. Like the Chesapeake I believe you could spend a lot of years in the SJI and not anchor in the same spot twice.