The Great Book Of Anchorages

Susan and I are very, very, very excited to announce the start up of Beach House Publications. Our first book for The Great Book Of Anchorages series covers the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk/Hampton Roads to the Florida Keys and includes the St. Johns River. The research for the book has spanned a period of 20 years. For the last year we have been working on an easy-to-use format that we felt comfortable using as active boaters. Once we decided on a format, Susan began putting all of the information together in a logical order. Many times we went to our boating friends for their input and suggestions. The result has been a publication written for boaters by boaters. We have developed an anchorage book, not a cruising guide or combination cruising guide and anchorage book.

Beach House Publications and The Great Book of Anchorages series was conceived and born on a laptop in the forward cabin of their current Marine Trader trawler, Beach House. The first in a series of anchorage books, Hampton Roads/Norfolk to The Florida Keys, Including The St. Johns River, has been decades in the making. Research began over 20 years ago with a first trip down the Atlantic ICW from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys and continues today. The information contained in The Great Book of Anchorages is the result of all of those many years of searching for the best anchorages along the way and the desire to share that information with other boaters. Having been users of almost every major boating cruising guide and involved in the publication of one of the larger guides, there was one aspect that seemed to be constantly missing. That missing aspect is detailed anchoring and free dock information. The Great Book of Anchorages now fills that missing information in a  new easy-to-use format. 

This is the first in what will be a series of six anchorage books that will encompass the waterways of the United States known as The Great Loop and a special edition covering the Bahamas. The Hampton Roads/Norfolk to The Florida Keys, Including The St. Johns River edition is now available to the boating community at our brand new website, along with lots of photos, interactive maps and interesting boating links. The publications can be purchased through our website at, for an introductory price between now and September 30, 2012. The next edition will be The Bahamas, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013 after an updated research trip through the island chain. Additional books in the series will be the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay, New Jersey to New York, including the Hudson River, Chicago to Mobile, and finally the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway from Mobile, Alabama to Cape Sable, Florida. The order and dates of release for the additional books will depend on input and requests from the boating community. 

This is the book most marinas are going to hate. The Great Book of Anchorages may very well become the standard for anchorage books to follow. Boaters can finally do an entire cruise without any marina stops or choose when they want to find paid dockage. The books are designed for information on anchoring and free docks and nothing else. It doesn't pretend to be a cruising guide or combination cruising guide and anchorage information.

  •  Over 530 anchorages and free docks in the first edition.
  • Anchorage and free dock details with color chartlets from NOAA charts.
  • Mile-by-mile anchorage locations with GPS waypoints.
  • Easy-to-use format and indexing for quick reference.
  •  Discussions on types of anchors and anchoring techniques.
  • Suggestions for planning your next trip.
  • Save time and searching with anchorage locations at your fingertips.
  • Save thousands of dollars in dockage fees.
If you would like more information on The Great Book of Anchorages series, drop us a line in the comments section.

Our new website,  is live and ready for your viewing pleasure. You can also purchase your copy now at an introductory price until September 30. You can also visit ourr Facebook page.

Susan Landry, Publisher/Author/Editor
Chuck Baier, Publisher/Author


  1. First off -- congratulations! Secondly -- I can't wait to have the time and resources to need this edition (we have plans in the future). Thirdly -- Any idea when the Chesapeake Bay one will come out? We are very familiar with anchorage spots in the area but, of course, would love to learn about more.

    1. Thanks Julie. We plan to head over to the Bahamas this winter to do the Bahamas book. Once that's finished the Chesapeake will be next. We are probably looking at sometime next year but I couldn't say when at this point. But we'll let everyone know via the posts here and on our Trawler Beach House blog, as things progress. Chuck


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