Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-08-2008, 10:44   #1
Registered User
 
JORDANBASSET's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: U.K.
Posts: 12
Best books for East Coast and ICW

Hi, myself and partner Cathy are looking to buy a cruising yacht on the east coast in June/July 2009 and then intend to travel down the coast and into the caribbean for January 2010. As can be seen from the time table we are in no rush and want to get full enjoyment out of the 6 months spent travelling down to the South.

My question is what pilot book would you recommend. I have got a copy of the ICW facilities guide, it's ok but really more of a marina guide. In the Greek Islands I have used Rod Heikels guide and find it's lay out very easy to use. Particularly interested in free mooring/anchoring, but also a guide which gives you a flavour of the place.

Would prefer to have fewer comprehensive guides, preferably one or two, if possible, than have large number of books on board.

Many thanks Neil and Cathy
__________________

__________________
JORDANBASSET is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 11:14   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,135
You will need more than one or two guides. There is no comprehensive guide for this very large area with many different cruising grounds. For the waterway (ICW) there's the waterway guides, used to be three volumes might be less today.
Waterway Guide
Skipper Bob's book on ICW anchorages is quite helpful.

For the Chesapeake there's two or three different guides. From North Carolina southward Claiborn Young's guides are quite good. Cruisers' Net - Home

There are at least eight guides for the Bahamas (Pavlidis' guides are the best here).
Nautical Books, Nautical Software, Sailing Guides & More at Seaworthy Nautical Store

and many more for the Caribbean, Doyle and now Pavlidis plus many others. Again try
Nautical Books, Nautical Software, Sailing Guides & More at Seaworthy Nautical Store

It must be a little bit disconcerting to see all the different guides. They make good reading but you can get to Florida with just an ICW strip chart and Skipper Bob's anchoring book. I'd start with this and get the others on your trip if you feel it necessary.

Enjoy your cruising.
__________________

__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 11:19   #3
Marine Service Provider
 
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,618
Moeller"s Guide to the ICW from Norfolk to Miami, All of Skipper Bob's guides, Van Sant's Passages South and appropriate charts for all of those areas. You will need all of these.
__________________
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 11:23   #4
Registered User
 
JORDANBASSET's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: U.K.
Posts: 12
Thanks Vasco, appreciate the info and help, am just interested in the east coast at the moment, worry about the Caribbean nearer the time, may pick some books up for this area while in the ICW as you suggest

Same to yourself Chuck, much appreciated - Neil
__________________
JORDANBASSET is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
east coast, icw

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
Hi from the East coast of Africa Chrissy Rose Meets & Greets 5 23-07-2008 12:14
From the Aussie east Coast....08 The Spokernaut Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 6 06-07-2008 22:30
Hi from UK East Coast.... FullCircle Meets & Greets 4 10-05-2007 13:32
Need marina on East Coast MysticGringo Marinas 8 25-04-2007 16:17



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:09.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.