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All-Chesapeake Quick Reference Cruising Guide

All-Chesapeake Quick Reference Cruising Guide

Eastern and Western Shores, Norfolk to the C&D Canal

Find what you need QUICKLY • includes all major rivers

New April 2024

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A Cruising Guide . . . completely reinvented

Make cruising the Chesapeake Bay easy -- know exactly where to find everything you need. NOTE: Only planning to travel the Western Shore of the Chesapeake? You can save a bit of money with our Chesapeake Bay - Western Shore guide.

Our cruising guides are different from others you've seen. Instead of telling you everything that's in a particular town (like most cruising guides do), we arrange the information by what you're looking for: fuel, water, laundry, an anchorage, bridge info, a grocery, and more. 

This gives you quick answers to all your "where" questions, such as where the nearest fuel stop is, where the nearest anchorage with N protection is (and a place to walk the dog!), where there's a boat yard that can haul a 23' beam, and so much more.

Just go to the right section, find the column for what you want, and look in the area near you for an X. Bingo -- that's where to go!

Separate tables for each type of information, further arranged clockwise from Norfolk and including all rivers let you quickly find just what you need:

  • anchorages including wind/wave protection directions, depth, tide range, current, swell, and availability of places to walk dogs
  • free docks
  • fuel, propane, water, trash, and pump outs
  • bridge names, heights, opening schedules, and how to contact
  • navigation alerts warning of shoaling, fast currents, and other hazards
  • haulout facilities including maximum beam

Spiral-bound print version or downloadable PDF.

This guide covers both the Eastern and Western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. If you only need the Western shore, check out our Western Shore Guide.

More Info

Cockpit companion to keep readily at hand to answer questions during the day’s run such as:

  • What's the name of this bridge? When does it open? How do I call it?
  • Where's the nearest place I could anchor?
  • If I want to push on a bit, how far is the next decent anchorage?
  • Where's the next fuel stop?
  • Oops! I need a pumpout! Where?
  • This problem is going to require a haulout. Where's the nearest place that can handle my boat? How do I contact them?
  • Which side of that dredge is it safe to go on?

Information is arranged by topic, then by location. No need to read through pages of text to find just what you need -- simply look in the appropriate column for what you seek and discover where it's available!

Invaluable supplement to cruising guides for use underway.
Includes quick reminders on dredging and horn signals.

Recently Published

Printed April 2024.

Print Features for Ease of Use

Bright, easy-to-read subject tabs, organized first by topic and then by state and mile marker so you can quickly find the information you need.

Special matte paper reduces glare when used in the sun.

Ultra-durable, waterproof paper resists tearing, crumpling, and discoloration from sunscreen, petroleum products, and other chemicals. Designed to be kept in the cockpit, even with rain or splashes.

Lays flat for easy reference.

Large enough that info can easily be read yet small enough to be conveniently stored.

No tiny print!

May be easily wiped clean if dirty.

Designed in the USA. Printed in the USA on American-made recyclable synthetic paper using environmentally-friendly soy-based inks at a facility that is completely wind-powered. Minimal packaging.

112 pages.

PDF Features for Ease of Use

No need for a mailing address -- download immediately upon payment.

May download on more than one device used on a single boat (that is, can have on two tablets, or tablet and phone, IF used on the same boat). May not "give" copies to people on other boats.

Clickable links for all phone numbers and marina/boatyard websites.

The index makes it easy to jump from one section to another. Click on the three dots at the upper right, then on Bookmarks.

Then, finally, on Table of Contents:

The tabs on each page are also clickable to jump to another section.

Available to download immediately from your purchase confirmation. Read on any electronic device with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Designed in the US.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Carolyn S.

All-Chesapeake Quick Reference Cruising Guide

Mary B.P.

Some of the pages were put in upside down, but other than that look forward to using it. I especially like info about where to walk dogs.

Jill F.
All in one place

Very well done reference in a size welcoming to the bridge area. Looking forward to exploring the Chesapeake this May