Tarheel Cruising Sources and Resources
o NOAA charts 11548, 11553, 11555, 12204, 12205, 12206.
o GMCO's Waterproof Chartbook of North Carolina ($35; GMCO Maps & Charts, 888-420-6277, www.gmcomaps.com). It's annoying to use because there's no overlap from chart page to chart page, but it's waterproof.
o North Carolina Coastal Boating Guide (free; North Carolina Department of Transportation, 877-368-4968, www.ncwaterways.com). This map isn't for navigation, but it gives depths for planning purposes and much information about marinas, facilities, and tourist sites.
o Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina by Claiborne S. Young ($35; 5th edition, 2000; Watermark Publishing, www.cruisingguide.com). The piloting information is pretty much spot on, but some of the onshore resources mentioned exist only in print and in memory.
o The Intracoastal Waterway: Norfolk to Miami by Jan and Bill Moeller ($20; 4th edition, 1997; International Marine, 800-262-4729). A useful cockpit guide, but some information is out of date.
o Set Fair for Roanoke: Voyages and Colonies, 1584-1606 ($11; 1985; The University of North Carolina Press). Scholarly, readable, and full of the intriguing history of the era.
o A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Harriot ($13; Dover Publications, www.doverpublications.com). This facsimile reprint of the 1590 publication contains detailed information as conveyed by the explorers themselves in Elizabethan English, plus illustrations made from John White's drawings.
o Islands, Capes, and Sounds: The North Carolina Coast by Thomas J. Schoenbaum (1982; John F. Blair, www.blairpub.com). This modern description of coastal North Carolina is interwoven with accounts of the battles between those who would develop it and those who would protect it.