Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide

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9780070552869: Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide

Here is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Chesapeake Bay's best cruising guide. Eastern-Southeast Boating said that a copy "should be in the library of every cruising yachtsman." The Virginian-Pilot said, "With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay offers a treasury of cruising spots. Shellenberger's book provides the key to unlock it." Dolphin Book Club News said, "This is the best guide we've seen on the largest, most varied, and probably the most popular cruising grounds and boating area in the United States today." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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More than 200 miles long and 40 miles wide at its broadest, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest inland tidal body of water on the Atlantic seaboard. Sheltered from the Atlantic swells and resplendent with natural wonders, historical attractions, and more than a few cosmopolitan delights, it is also a cruiser's paradise.

A major part of the Chesapeake's charm derives from the numerous creeks, coves and inlets--gunkholes, in Chesapeake parlance--dotting its more than 3,000-mile shoreline. The difficulty of finding and entering many of these secluded hideaways discourages less adventuresome cruisers--or at least it used to.

Since 1990, Cruising the Chesapeake has been the guide of choice for sailors seeking to avoid the beaten path. No other guide to the region offers such complete, detailed coverage of virtually every point of interest on the Bay--from the secluded east fork of Langford Creek to the bustling hearts of Baltimore, Washington, and Norfolk. Nor does any other guide feature such an engaging, heartfelt evocation of the Bay, its shores, history, wildlife, and people.

Drawing upon his 30 years of experience cruising the Bay, as well as the latest navigational information, Bill Shellenberger tells you how to approach each spot covered, where to anchor, and what sort of dockage facilities and provisions are available there. He also fills you in on what has happened there in the past and what there is to see and do there now.

This third edition of the classic guide has been expanded to include an extensive section on the harbors of the mid-Atlantic coast from New York to Virginia, as well as the Delaware Bay and the Delaware River from Cape May to Trenton. It also now includes

  • A cruise planner with suggested itineraries for cruises of various length, supported by navigation charts
  • Aerial photos of key anchorages and tricky passages
  • A catalog of GPS coordinates
  • Updated information on piloting and shoreside facilities

A comprehensive cruise planner and navigation guide and a vivid celebration of one of North America's natural treasures, Cruising the Chesapeake is a book no Chesapeake boater will want to be without.

Gunkhole: A shallow cove of channel nearly unnavigable because of mud, rocks, or vegetation.

Gunkholer: A species of boater that is inexorably drawn to gunkholes in search of seclusion, adventure, wildlife--or just by an ungovernable urge to see what's around the next bend. Gunkholers are readily identified by their lack of concern at running aground and their well-thumbed copies of Crusing the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide.

"A copy [of this guide] should be in the hands of the fleet captains of every yacht club as well as in the library of every cruising yachtsman. . . . It should be consulted each step of a cruise in much the same manner one checks his charts before getting underway."--Eastern-Southeast Boating

"Shellenberger has perfected the art of gunkholing. . . . An excellent book for both those who enjoy weekend cruises and those who merely want to know more about Chesapeake Bay."--Daily Press (Newport News, VA)

"With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay offers a treasury of cruising spots. Shellenberger's book provides the key to unlock it."--The Virginian-Pilot

"An 'insider's' look at the hundreds of places cruisers and weekend boaters love to hole up in. . . . It is also a loving portrait of the bay, its history, its people, its wildlife, and its environment."--The Mariner

"A truly monumental guide."--Sunday Capital (Annapolis, MD)

About the Author:

William H. Shellenberger has cruised the Chesapeake Bay with his family for more than a quarter century and has made the study of its numerous gunkholes his life's work. He's been into nearly every one of them, run aground finding shortcuts you can take and the ones you can't, and found the spots where you can hide from the crowds or become part of them. Most any weekend from early spring to late fall, Bill and his family can be found nosing their Westerly Berwick up yet another unexplored creek or inlet, their Tibetan Terriers pointing out a likely place to land.

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