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Rick Tyler
10-11-2005, 12:07 AM
Best small-boat cruising guide to the Inside Passage (Seattle to Juneau or thereabouts -- north of Desolation Sound anyway)? Thanks!

It turns out that if you Google on "inside passage cruising" you are SWAMPED by cruise ship pages. I consider myself an above-average Googler -- one of my professional responsibilities is research -- but I concede defeat.

- Rick

[ 10-11-2005, 01:09 AM: Message edited by: Rick Tyler ]

10-11-2005, 06:42 AM
I know of one publisher specializing in the area. I'll let the natives speak first.

OK, folks aren't awake yet on the left coast.

Try these folks.

Fine Edge (http://www.fineedge.com/nautical_pubs.html)

Here and there. :D

[ 10-11-2005, 10:24 AM: Message edited by: Venchka ]

Tim Diebert
10-11-2005, 02:49 PM
I have more than once heard good things about Bill Wolferstans Cruising Guide for the area.

There is another I have seen....I will go have a look and see if I can find it....

Tim Diebert
10-11-2005, 03:18 PM
This is the other one I was thinking of...
The Waggoner Guide (http://www.waggonerguide.com/)

Jeff Robinson
10-11-2005, 07:09 PM
There's a joky story about building a 19 foot GlenL cabin cruiser in a link from that Waggoner page.


J. A.Tones
10-11-2005, 09:55 PM
Another excellent reference is "Charlies Charts - North to Alaska" It covers the Inside Passage etc from Victoria BC to Glacier Bay Alaska and has lots of well drawn sketches and photos of harbors and anchorages that Charles and his wife have visited. Charles passed away a few years ago but his wife Margo is keeping the publications going and up to date.
Let me know if anyone needs an address for purchasing this item


10-12-2005, 11:04 AM
Bill Wolferstan's books are good for Desolation Sound and south. He wrote a lot of articles for Pacific Yachting magainze back in the 70's or so and turned them into books. They are out of print now but I think someone has reprinted them, I saw a copy in a local marine store this summer. He did one for Desolat ion Sound (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0969057415/102-1524194-5685761?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance), the Gulf Islands, and Sunshine Coast. It won't take you up to Alaska though. I haven't seen anything as good as this. He was really in to the history, geography, and wildlife of the area and it's interesting to read.

There are also these local paperback books which take you from Puget Sound to Alaska, called Northwest Passage Guide. They are updated every year and have a lot of useful info in them also. It won't give you ideas on where to go, or pictures. It's more of a reference.

Frank E. Price
10-13-2005, 04:47 PM
Cruising guides are dandy, and of course you won't forget that in general cruising guides for SE Alaska cover about one anchorage out of fifty. And a very general rule of thumb is that anchorages are a little farther apart north of Petersburg than south. Another is that if you avoid the guide anchorages you should never have to share an anchorage, at all. That's also more or less true in northern B.C.


10-13-2005, 05:06 PM
I've been really impressed with Charlies Charts.

Powell's bookstore in Oregon wwww.powells.com
has several Cruising guides including for Alaska. You might look in their nautical section online.


Jamie Hascall
10-14-2005, 01:47 AM
The Dreamspeaker Guides are amazing. (The name is a bit :rolleyes: but they're really well done.) You can find them through Waynes link at Dreamspeaker guides (http://www.fineedge.com/BOOK%20LISTS/dreamspeaker.html) . I've got the Gulf Islands one.