Gunkholing in the Salish Sea
Gunkholing is a boating and sea kayaking term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go as far up and into the gunkholes as possible, seeking ever more inaccessible destinations.
SanJuanSufficiency.com has published its first field guide (of many to come) of the San Juan Islands! The title, Gunkholing in the Salish Sea, is a ‘tip of the hat’ to the classic Gunkholing in the San Juan Islands. True to the title, this book covers six of our favorite gunkholes in off-the-beaten-path locations:
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Please Give Book Feedback
This short field guide was written by a boater and lover of the San Juan Islands for other boaters and lovers of the San Juan Islands. I would very much like to get your feedback to learn how to make the book better. In May 2013, my wife and I will be setting off in the Rock ‘n Row and we’ll be documenting our adventures cruising around the islands on this blog. We plan to write one or two more field guides like this one. We’d like to tailor it to provide the most value for its readers.
Here are a few topics that we’d like to get feedback on. Please leave your response in the comments below:
- Should we continue with the booklet format (5 to 8 locations, around 50 pages) for the second book, or should we write a bigger book with more locations (150 pages, 15 to 24 locations)?
The advantage of smaller books is that I can publish them faster and sell them for a lower price. This also allows readers to buy the books covering their locations of interest without needing to pay for locations in other books that do not interest them.
- Where should we go and what areas should we cover this summer?
The reason I’m writing these books is to share the beauty of the San Juan Islands and equip boaters to plan out a fun and safe visit. What areas of the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound are underrepresented in field guides today? What areas would you like to see me cover? My dream is to write several guides, and do such a good job that I’ll be able to afford to do it full time.
In this book I really tried to go into depth on each location, instead of trying to cover several locations (breadth) with only minimal information. Should I continue this format?
There are many different types of people who recreate in the San Juan Islands. This book focuses primarily on the boater, but it also includes information for kayakers, hikers, foragers, hunters, and divers, as well as boaters which include fisherman, sailors, and cruisers. What are your interests in the San Juan Islands? Leave a comment below to let me know what type of person is reading my book.