I've used the Waterway Guides (Mid Atlantic and Southern). They are very complete, but tend to be a bit out of date, plus it is expensive to replace them each year. They do have information on marinas
with little chart-maps of where they are..
I also use Skipper
as has been mentioned. Invaluable for bridge hailing information (Anchorage Guide), and comparing marina costs. They come out every year and so are about as up-to-date as anything could be. Also they aren't very expensive. I usually get them free because I contribute information.
And for SC and GA I really like Claiborne Young's Guides, particularly for anchoring
and sites off the ICW although his guides tend to be very confusing to use at first. The NC Guide isn't as good IMHO, and I do not like the Florida Keys
Guide at all. I think it is a piece of junk, although it does have the interesting concept
of going both ways. Haven't seen the other Florida ones.
I have a record
of our trips at http://www12.virtualtourist.com/m/4a9c6/
There is a new guide which combines the best of all of these guides called "Managing the Waterway" It is especially good for those doing the waterway for the first time, although I learned quite a lot that I didn't already know when I read it.
It covers the area from Norfolk Virginia to Miami
Florida. It has marinas, anchorages
, waypoints, and marine
stores (plus how to get to them from the boat), and interpretive vignettes. websites & telephone numbers. Up-to-date with 2005 bridge schedules
I helped edit the book, and they used several of my photographs, But I receive no compensation for my work other than a free copy of the guide and acknowledgement in it.
"Friends of Grandma Rosalie" can get the guide at an introductory price
of $5 off at: