Skipper Bob and his wife Elaine cruised more than 44,000 miles on the East Coast of the United States. Their travels have taken them up and down the Intracoastal Waterway numerous times. They completed the Great Loop Route and sailed to both the Bahamas and the Dry Tortugas. They took their trawler through the Erie, Rideau, Richelieu, and Trent Severn Canals. Living aboard for more than 9 years on both a sail boat and a trawler, they have experienced just about everything the waters of the East Coast have to offer.
Skipper Bob has published a series of guides that will make your travels on these waterways much easier, safer and less expensive.
Great Lakes & Chicago to Mobile Guides
Cruising Lake Ontario
Information on ports, harbors, anchorages, marinas, shopping, and local attractions. Distances to harbors with GPS coordinates at the entrance to each harbor. Includes the Thousand Islands, Toronto Islands and the Bay of Quinte as well as all major harbors on Lake Ontario.
Cruising from Chicago to Mobile
Cruising the Inland River system from Chicago on Lake Michigan to Mobile, AL on Mobile Bay. Information on anchorages, free docks, marinas, bridge and lock restrictions, and navigational concerns for this route. Includes the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, Tombigbee and Mobile Rivers as well as the Tenn-Tom Waterway.
Cruising Lake Erie
Cruising characteristics of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. Information for a cruise including planning, approaches to ports, anchoring overnight, dockage and visiting ashore. List of required charts and sources. The last book written by Skipper Bob prior to his death (2nd Edition). Edited by Mary Ellen Manguile.
Cruising Lake Michigan
Information on ports, harbors, anchorages, marinas, shopping, and local attractions. Distances to harbors with GPS co-ordinates at the entrance to each harbor. Includes Green Bay, Grand Traverse Bay, the Lake Michigan islands and all major harbors on Lake Michigan.
The West Advisor
The West Advisor articles have answered boaters' questions and provided solutions to boating problems for more than 20 years. West Marine has compiled one of the Web's most comprehensive collections of technical boating information articles.