Tarheel Cruising Sources and Resources

Cruising information:
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 A useful cockpit guide, but some information is out of date.
Historical background:
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.
J.McG.