We just finished a Round Trip from Annapolis
to Palm Beach, FL and back. We used the Waterway Guide and their Web Site multiple times per day. A great, detailed source. Once you get used to the format, you can very rapidly find the info you need.
Even though I do web development for a living, I firmly believe it's best to have a hardcopy of the guide to use in addition to online content.
We also used Active Captain
, although in areas where it is shallow there is often conflicting info, so you need to do a little detective work to figure out which to believe.
A key point is to realize that all of the info, including the official NOAA charts
are sometimes wrong. You're better off if you consider them "guides" to help you find the real markers out there on the water
. This is especially true with Chartplotters, and we occasionally were in the middle of the channel, but the chartplotter
showed us on land. And we had a fairly high end chartplotter
It's a great trip, and I hope you enjoy it!