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Review: The Great Book of Anchorages

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The Great Book of Anchorages

By Chuck Beier and Susan Landry

Published by Beachhouse Publications; 137 pps.

Available through tgboa.com for $24

Cruisers heading down the ICW have a new navigational tool: The Great Book of Anchorages, from Beach House Publications. Authors Chuck Beier and Susan Landry describe more than 530 anchorages between Norfolk, VA, and the Florida Keys.

Each anchorage listing includes a chartlet with information on location (referenced in both lat/long coordinates and ICW statute miles), anchorage depths, shore access and protection from winds—all important considerations for any ICW rookie. The authors also include their own personal observations and discuss suitability for four-legged crew, how to enter certain anchorages, what to be careful of, and where to find nearby marinas and dinghy landings.

The front of the book features an interesting discussion from these knowledgeable mariners about types of anchors, anchoring techniques and a suggested itinerary for doing the ICW without visiting marinas.

Just how useful do I think The Great Book of Anchorages actually is? This fall marks my 20th trip on the ICW, and this book will be my major reference to explore new spots to drop the hook. Don’t leave your dock to go south without it.

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