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.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
I would agree about the book, "Cruising The Chesapeake, A Gunkholer's Guide". That book is the bible for cruising The Bay.The Bay is easy sailing. The only thing tricky at all is fish traps, and even that is only an issue at night.
Let's not forget some very important facts relating to cruising The Bay. First, when you look at the most recent chart available you think you are seeing recent sounding data. BUT, with the exception of the main shipping channels on The Bay you may be looking at data that is 75-100 years old! If you look at actual NOAA paper charts they will tell you when the sounding data was taken. It will shock you. Given that, a cruising guide that is dated to 2000 should be just fine.I agree that the Schellenberger's book is a "bible" for the bay, but then the bible is pretty old isn't it I believe that last updated version of Schellenbergers book was 2001???