On the Water ChartGuides

>>> On the Water ChartGuides

On the Water ChartGuides

NEW ChartGuides and NEW EDITION CruiseGuide

For over 10 years Mark and Diane Doyle have produced ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) resource sets. They are releasing their latest.

“Smart cruisers still include printed guides and chartbooks in their navigation suite—and the Doyles are genius at creating easy-to-understand graphical pages packed with useful information.” — Bill Ellison – Panbo

  • ChartGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 1: Hampton Roads, VA to Savannah River, GA*
  • ChartGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 2: Savannah River, GA to Cape Florida, FL*
  • CruiseGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW): A Mile-by-Mile Cruising Guide for Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL*
  • AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 1: Norfolk, VA to Hilton Head, SC
  • AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 2: Savannah, GA to Miami, FL

Andiamo – A Ranger 29 Tug

>>> Andiamo – A Ranger 29 Tug

I’ve read several Great Loop cruise logs, but I think this is definitely one of the best. If you have any interest in the Loop, or just boating in general, read John and Laurie Gray’s account of their cruise a few years ago.

I love the Ranger Tug line anyhow, and such a well written account just makes it come to life. John also manages to include lots of little tips and tricks he has learned over his boating career that all of us can learn from.

Thanks John and Laurie for sharing!

Almost Free’ Cruising Guides

>>> Almost Free’ Cruising Guides

Mark and Diana Doyle, which we’ve mentioned several time for thier great Intracoastal Waterway guides, has announed that they are moving to a low-cost, ad-free model, operating as a non-profit.

This seems a great boon to cruisers, and a great way to get some high quality guides while supporting a good organization. Check them out.

When Mark and I first started our Managing the Waterway guides—now On the Water ChartGuides—we made the decision to keep our publications low-cost and ad-free. We wanted to put cruisers first, and realized it was always going to be a public service project.

Well, we’ve now decided to make it formal! On March 1, 2014, semi-local publications LLC (dba On the Water ChartGuides and formerly Managing the Waterway) ceased commercial operations. Going forward, and operating as a non-profit, our efforts will be to deliver "Almost Free" cruising and anchoring guides to boaters transiting the Intracoastal Waterway between Hampton Roads, Virginia and Biscayne Bay, Florida.

What does this mean for you? It means our goal is now to make our resources available as close to free as possible. As you can imagine, we can’t seem to find a paper manufacturer, printer, or fulfillment house as enthusiastic about supplying free ICW information to boaters as we are. So, in practice, with manufacturing and transaction costs, that puts a paper guide from our website at $9.95 (from $29.95). Future enhanced-digital editions should only be a few dollars.

In addition, we will move toward disseminating safety and educational information about the ICW through electronic media, boating presentations and webinars, and free updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Our new (mobile-compatible!) website, www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.org now reflects these new prices and will contain additional content over time.

Mark and I are very excited about doing this, and we hope the cruising community is as enthusiastic!

Warm regards,

Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, Authors

New ‘Managing the Waterway’ Book

>>> New ‘Managing the Waterway’ Book

The "On the Water" books are a good product, in my opinion. They are releasing a totally revamped edition of their hallmark Managing the Waterway ICW guide.

Just a quick note to let you know that this weekend Mark and I completed (yes, finally!) the "overhaul" of our Managing the Waterway ICW guide (popularly known as "the Blue Book")!

That mile-by-mile cockpit guide— our first of today’s eight titles —was originally published in 2005 and has been updated twice yearly via email newsletters.

Well it’s been three years and six sloooooooow trips up and down the ICW but we’ve completely redesigned and updated the contents and it’s now a new title in our On the Water AnchorGuide, CruiseGuide, and ChartGuide series:

CruiseGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW): A Mile-by-Mile Cruising Guide for Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL

This new book builds on the popular mile-by-mile layout of our original Managing the Waterway guide and still includes interpretive vignettes. But we’ve completely updated the content. And we’ve added extras such as:

  • Highlighted dockage and anchoring entries for "50 Frugal Favorites" (free docks and walls, commercial moorings, and buck-a-foot or less marinas) and "30 Favorite Anchorages" (some scenic, some utilitarian, but all deserving of being on your list of stops).

  • More "guidance" in the mile-by-mile navigation sections, such as advance warning of long stretches without anchorages or pet shore access, 18 persistent ICW trouble spots, reversing buoyage, and tricky turn-offs.

  • Greatly expanded descriptions of nearly 300 cruiser-appropriate marine facilities.

On The Water Chartguides sale

>>> On The Water Chartguides sale

On The Water Chartguides sale

Mark and Diana Doyle, with thier excellent guides for the Intracoastal Waterway are having a sale.

Mark and I want to thank you for your support this year and have posted two special holiday offers to our website.

Our new AnchorGuides have been very well received. If you haven’t yet picked up a set for yourself, here’s an opportunity to save even more. And if you already purchased a set, thank you again, and here’s a chance to send a set to a friend as a holiday gift.

We can send these anywhere you’d like in the United States, just let us know where they should go!

We’re also extending the November e-charting bundle sale price to give everyone more time to pick up the book and DVD chart set for themselves or a friend.

Through December, the two-volume AnchorGuide bundle has been lowered on our website to $34.95 (42% off) … and the e-charting bundle has been extended at $24.95 (67% off):


Again, thank you for supporting our small American business and the very best of holidays to you and yours.


The Greatest Loop

>>> The Greatest Loop

The Greatest Loop

This is a really neat Great Loop cruise log. The trip was sponsored by Beneteau along with quite a few of the big names in the marine industry. The boat was a nice Swift Trawler ’34. The web site is very well done, with lots of details, pictures and a slick map. I wish I had found it earlier, but it makes for some interesting reading. As I write this, they have made about three-quarters of the trip and are working their way up the East Coast.

I’ll point out this interview, which is how I was led to the page.

AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

Mark and Diana Doyle of On the Water Chart Guides have a pair of books covering anchoring on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Here’s what they have to say:

Just a quick note to let you know that this week Mark and I are launching two new books!

AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)
Volume 1: Norfolk, VA to Beaufort, SC

AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 2: Hilton Head, SC to Miami, FL

The PDF files were just uploaded to our printer and will take about 14 days to be printed and delivered to the fulfillment house.

But the really exciting part is, during that 14-day period, we’re offering a Pre-Print Web Special to our subscribers … you’ll receive 33% off any individual volume, or 42% off the two-volume bundle!

(A little background here … turn back the calendar two years.) As Mark and I slowly creep into an unfamiliar anchorage, we grit our teeth and hope for the best …

Sound familiar?

And, remember, Semi-Local draws less than 3 feet!

We knew there had to be a better way … thus began the "anchorage project."

The premise was … wouldn’t it be nice to have a full-color book of anchorages, based on official NOAA charts, showing you EXACTLY where to anchor?

With digital breadcrumb tracks, annotated with depths, leading you in and out of the anchorage?

And details on shore access and pet landing, wind protection, current, grocery store availability … and more?

For ICW first-timers, it would be a blessing. Here are nearly 300 anchorages, mooring fields, and free docks between Hampton, VA and Key
Biscayne, FL. Enjoy!

For ICW veterans, it might serve as a call to return to cruising versus commuting. We all slip into a rut, returning to the same familiar
anchorages. With "first-entry" stress reduced, why not drop the hook
somewhere new and explore a different creek or town?

To produce the new series we married the latest technology with old-fashioned hours of on-the-water surveying.

We re-visited each anchorage, multiple times, recording depths and tracks directly into our computers. What you see on each page is exactly what we saw on our laptops and chartplotter.

It’s like looking over our shoulders as we survey!

So, please, go take a look. There are two sample pages on our website. One
describes Hospital Point anchorage at "Mile Zero," the other details Fort
Matanzas anchorage along Florida’s First Coast. 


Please remember, if you or a friend are interested in these guides, NOW is
absolutely the time to pre-order and take advantage of this 14-day special!

Thank you again for your kind support,