Originally Posted by Chuck Baier
height is more than 50 feet so not sure why that would be a problem. Everyone has their favorite cruising guide and ours is Skipper
Bob. With his guide and a set of charts
for the waterway you are good to go. The Dozier Guide IMHO is too out of date and touch for the money
it costs. I know it says updated annually but the only updates we have found are the ads and some layouts. Bridge names are in some cases 10 years out of date and when you call the bridge according to Dozier you get no answer since they don't know who you are calling. We compared a copy we had that was 4 years old to a current
edition and found very little difference in the actual information provided. And also check our website which is free and within a week old. All in all we are having a great time.
First of all, thank you for the feedback. It helps us to put a better Guide in front of our readers. FYI, Skipper
Bob is now owned by Waterway Guide. We purchased the publication from Bob's wife a little more than a year ago. We're glad you like it.
As for Waterway Guide, we actually do put each of our books
through a complete edit process every year. While some areas may not change, the information is indeed verified every year by a big handful of people.
In the case of the Southern Guide, we had two on-the-water cruising editors cover the Gulf area (Capt. George Danner and Capt. Jim Favors and his wife), and one on the eastern side of Florida
(our publisher, Jack Dozier). Elbert Maloney, author of Chapman's and Dutton's, provided us with the bridge table information, as he has for many years.
The unfortunate problem with bridge (and some other) information is the number of agencies involved. We rely on the Federal Register, NOAA and local Coast Guard units to verify the bridge name, clearance and schedule. Unfortunately, it's possible to look at one bridge and find the NOAA chart with one name and clearance, while the Federal Register lists a different set of information and the local Coast Guard gives yet another.
That's the point where we rely on our cruising editors to give us first-hand verification of what we publish. That said, we do realize we're human and do make mistakes
Very best regards,
Waterway Guide Publications