Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 19-02-2008, 13:10   #1

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,525
Opinions of Skipper Bob's Guide?

Is everyone happy with Skipper Bob's guide to anchorages in the ICW?

I was going to use only that as a guide to heading North in a bit (from Miami to New England).

I plan to go outside when weather looks good, and stay inside and motor when weather looks bad.

It's a good guide, right?

ssullivan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-02-2008, 13:37   #2
Registered User
svjobeth's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Marathon, FL
Boat: 1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34
Posts: 52
I've found it to be quite good. I suppose the caveat is that I've used it for the anchorage information, and not for the "free docks" or much of the other info it contains. As a guide to anchorages, I've found it to be consistent and reliable as any other source out there.


Bill & Lisa Ballard
Marathon, FL
svjobeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-02-2008, 13:38   #3

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 4,525
Thanks! I thought it looked very thorough for its size. Full of good information.
ssullivan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-02-2008, 13:48   #4
Registered User
markpj23's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Black Hills, SD
Boat: Now Boatless
Posts: 1,148
Images: 47
I used his guide to the ICW West of the Mississippi. The bridge, locks and facility information was very good. The anchorage info not so much. Since he passed away I'm not sure who / if they are being updated sufficiently to keep pace with all the shoaling. Sure wish they'd fund some maintenance dredging....

At least you'll have a shallower draft to deal with... now that you've gone and bought one of those unstable cats....
markpj23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2008, 14:20   #5
Registered User

Join Date: May 2003
Location: East Coast & Other Forums!
Posts: 913
Sean...the east coast guide is quite a good reference for anchorages...bridges...and shoal spots. It gives NO sailing directions or marina info (there is a separate marina info guide they put out.) Visit the website for updates to the printed guide before you leave. Also suggest a visit to the saltysoutheast cruisers website hosted by Claiborne Young for ICW updates and the boatus EAST COAST Alerts forum by Tom Neale who posts bi weekly alerts. It's the stuff that happens after the page is printed that'll get ya on the icw. I just pencil it all in at the appropriate mile marker in my skipper bob guide.
You will need something else north of the Chesapeake as a guide(s) but I assume you know that. Jack Doziers Cruising Guide to the ICW Northern Edition is pretty comprehensive.
camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2008, 14:46   #6
Registered User
Ron_Fran's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Raleigh, NC
Boat: Irwin MK III 37 Questeria
Posts: 38
We thought the Skipper Bob guide was really good. We had several guides and the Skipper Bob guide was usually the most accurate. You should also look at the Salty Southeast Cruisers net ( ) for trouble spots on the ICW between FL and VA.
Ron and Fran
s/v Questeria
Ron_Fran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2008, 14:49   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 4
Skipper Bob

We used it from Texas to Florida and found it very helpful. Have a good trip and take Bob with you.

David & Jo
spirit2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2008, 14:51   #8
Registered User
Sunspot Baby's Avatar

Join Date: May 2003
Location: New Bern, NC
Boat: Prout Manta 38' Catamaran - Sunspot Baby
Posts: 1,521
Images: 14
Skipper Bob's books are great! They are "just the facts." If you want more information about places to visit or a little history, I recommend Claybourn Young (spelling).

Neither of these give you information on running the inlets. For that see Steve Dodge's Inlets book.

None of the guides replace a good chart book of the area. Have both.


She took my address and my name
Put my credit to shame
Sunspot Baby, sure had a real good time
Bob Seger
Sunspot Baby is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Skipper license? whitecaps General Sailing Forum 18 19-06-2012 02:14
Skipper wanted Courlander Atlantic & the Caribbean 1 17-11-2007 12:11
The Exuma Guide or Yachtsman's Guide rleslie Navigation 5 05-09-2007 17:02
Info on Garmin 498 C Sounder. Opinions? Transome mounted Transducer? Opinions? chuck711 Marine Electronics 0 14-01-2007 16:06
Hello out there... New to Board, Looking for Skipper mskitty Meets & Greets 0 23-05-2004 06:19

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:31.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.