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Old 01-04-2010, 06:26   #1
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We're returning from the Caribbean this year via Isla Mujeres to Mobile Bay, AL. We have an old Florida Waterway Guide Chartbook that gets us from Key West to Apalachicola. We're thinking of making Ft, Myers our first landfall. But if the weather was right we'd like to make a straight shot to Mobile of the Florida panhandle. I hate to spend a lot of money for a chartbook for just the harbor entrances if I don't have to. I've never used Skipper Bob's Guides and have heard they are great.

Question: If we head straight from Isla to Mobile, would Skipper Bob's Guides give us enough minimal navigation information to enter the harbors of Mobile, Panama City and Pensacola?

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Old 01-04-2010, 06:53   #2
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AFAIK Skipper Bob's guides are textual. They cover ICW bridges, marinas, anchorages, etc but they are not charts.


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Old 01-04-2010, 07:17   #3
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I'm not sure if this would work, but...Since you seem to have access to the internet, could you get the free NOAA chart of that area for your one time use.

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Ken, Since we publish Skipper Bob, the answer is no. You can as marc said, download the free NOAA charts and make copies of the areas you need or buy just the few paper charts you will need. Printed guides are supplements to charts and should not be used in place of them. You also need contingents in case weather or mechanical breakdowns require you to put in somewhere else along the way. It is just prudent to be prepared and have the necessary information, and nothing provides better information than a set of charts. WG
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Why pay anything? All the information with more marinas, anchorages, bridges, boat ramps, inlets, etc are all on ActiveCaptain. It's free and free from advertising. Your old guidebooks are probably plenty good enough for the rest of the information although even that is much more current on the internet today.

If you're going to spend money on anything, consider upgrading and updating your internet capability. That will give you many years of use where the guidebook will just be a space filler.

Obviously I'm biased. But it's free so it's probably worth checking out first.
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