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The essential guide to Mid-Atlantic waters

The firsthand detail and advice found in the "Atlantic Cruising Club's Guide To Mid-Atlantic/ICW Marinas" ($39.95, Jerawyn Publishing, 2010) by Beth Adams-Smith is invaluable. The full-color oversized seventh edition covers the coast from Hampton, Va., to St. Marys, Ga., and features 216 marina reports with more than 5,000 photos that detail what's on site, what's nearby and what it will cost to dock.

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The edition also comes with a searchable DVD of everything included in the volume for easy reference. Every marina in the guide has been visited by Adams-Smith, usually more than once, giving each report a personal perspective on what is unique to a particular facility and its surrounding area. She rates each marina on a scale of one to five bells.

Adams-Smith is based in Rye, N.Y., with her husband, Richard, publisher for the Atlantic Cruising Club. Together, they have cruised along the Eastern Seaboard as well as Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and have visited more than 2,500 marinas on the East and West coasts. Their vessels are a Leopard 40 catamaran based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and a Glacier Bay power catamaran, moored in Rye, N.Y.

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This article originally appeared in the November 2010 issue.