Gunkholing is a strange and little known term. It is used in the nautical world, that loosely describes the act of dipping in and out of small inlets, coves and rivers that are in shallow water. Most people think of Gunkholing as a style of cruising local shores. Boats from kayaks, shallow draft sail & power boats, and catamarans area ideal types of water craft to get into tiny, little known waters.
Gunkholes are places that are in confined coves or tight entrances. They are a challenge to navigate and need good boat handling skills to navigate safely. If you do not find Gunkholes by careful exploration you will need to find other like minded sailors that are willing to provide local knowledge of the area you are cruising.
The best Gunkholers are sailors who are wanderers by nature and want to discover and explore hidden or little know anchorages to satisfy their need for serenity.
We at Gunkholing.com are expanding that definition of Gunkholing to encompass interesting anchorages that are off the beaten path, where local knowledge is needed to enter and navigate safely.
Little information on the web is devoted to our definition of Gunkholing. Most information is in cruising guides and does not leverage the modern connected world to provide the best local knowledge of great out of the way anchorages.
Our goal is the use the best information technology that the internet can provide to cruisers, dreamers and sailors across the world. The initial Gunkholing areas we are going to develop are:
- Gunkholing and Cruising the Bahamas
- Gunkholing and Cruising the Caribbean
- Gunkholing and Cruising Chesapeake Bay
- Gunkholing and Cruising Florida Coast
- Gunkholing and Cruising Inter Coastal Waterway
- Gunkholing and Cruising West Coast of Mexico including the Sea of Cortez
- Gunkholing and Cruising New England
- Gunkholing and Cruising The Northwest San Juan Islands
- Gunkholing and Cruising The South Pacific
Our call to action is to have readers of this website either become authors to submit local knowledge about these areas, or send relevant pictures and information to Gunkholing.com and we will post the information to share with others.
Gunkholing on FaceBook
Our alternative universes are Facebook pages that are specific to the 6 geographic Gunkholing areas. Our research has determined that no one has experimented or committed to using Facebook to share local knowledge of cruising areas. If you are a Facebook user go to links to those Pages and like us and start the discussions:
- Our Gunkholing General Discussion Page
- Cruising Bahamas
- Cruising Caribbean
- Cruising Chesapeake
- Cruising Florida
- Cruising ICW
- Cruising Mexico
- Cruising New England
- Cruising San Juan Islands
- Cruising South Pacific
Today most of the editors of Gunkholing.com are more technologist that true Gunkholers. We are experienced sailors and cruiser, but at this time have not shed our landlubber status. Our hope is that this website and leveraging social media like Facebook will provide us and other like-minded Virtual Gunkholers the tools and information to venture forth into the real word of Gunkholing.