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2017 ICW Cruising Guide: Your guide by Bob423 for safely navigating over 120 hazards from New York to Key West along the Atlantic ICW with a full color chart for each hazard and tips for life onboard Paperback – August 4, 2017
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One of the most difficult tasks in planning a trip down the ICW is to figure out which resources to consider and which technologies and apps are quality and worth the purchase price. If you're just starting out, you can probably save the entire cost of this book just by following the advice in Ch 3 through 6 and not wasting your money on poorly performing or unneeded apps, technology and hardware. Chapters 3 through 6 are chock full of great recommendations and alone, worth the cost.
From a trip planning and navigation hazards standpoint the meat of the book is in Chapters 7 and 8 respectively. This is where the rubber meets the road (or in nautical parlance, the waterline meets the ICW). Chapter 8 is of particular importance in my opinion. Depths in some places along the route are relatively stable and in other places (particularly around ocean inlets) very changeable. Nothing ensures a relatively smooth trip down the ICW more than a thorough knowledge of the trouble spots with some recommended tactics where appropriate. Bob handles these exceptionally well. Chapter 8 is full of charts, USACE Surveys, photographs and commentary. Additionally, he provides the sources for the data while advising the reader to check for the latest information.
When you combine all this with his blog (fleetwing.blogspot.com), which he'll be starting up on his trip south on 9/15, you'll get a very thorough knowledge baseline - updated with new info as S/V Fleetwing moves south. It's a powerful combination.
In summary, the 2017 ICW Cruising Guide is everything and more that you'd expect from Bob423 and I most highly recommend it. It is well written, to the point and invaluable.
The use of the wonderful technology of today's iWorld to tackle the issues of preparation, planning, navigation, troubleshooting, record keeping and staying in touch is presented with lists of tools that are recommended for use from their past voyages. I particularly like the use of the ebook, which is provided with a book purchase, on an iPad with its table of contents as touchable/clickable links to the information packed into the many book sections. This third time edition is a true charm!