I have thought about this for a while and would like to know if it's already a thing. As we all know, those cruising guides
and chartbooks can get expensive! I prefer the Dozier's Waterway Guides and the Maptech
chartkits - the Dozier's run about $40/each and the Maptech
kits about $120/each. For a trip from New Jersey
to The Bahamas
that's 4 books
and 4 kits. Owww.
Here's the thing - for Diana this is at least, in part, a one-way trip (boat is most likely not
coming back north, at least not all the way - and if she does it may not be in the same year; so the guides might be a year or more out of date). In short: for example, I won't have any use for a 2021 Delaware-Chesapeake guide after about August 20th.
Is there any such thing as an exchange program, however informal, by which we share cruising guides
and chartbooks? I'll buy new ones for Delaware-Chesapeake and the ICW
; but when I get closer to Florida
(late October) I can make these available to anyone going north; and someone can provide me with ones for Florida
and The Bahamas
. In this way we can share resources and encourage each other.
Does anyone thing there'd be interest in anything like this?
Re: Ship Store | Waterway Guide | Atlantic ICW 2021
BTW - I've had the same idea about sharing kids' school
textbooks with cruising liveaboards - this would foster community & goodwill as well as cut WAY
down on the weight, volume and expense of physical textbooks which (speaking as a teacher) are vastly better as education tools and vastly more reliable than having to count on adequate Wifi
at sea to read online resources. I may be getting rid of a lot of old classroom books
very soon and, if anyone's interested, NOW
would be the time to let me know!