Jim and John have the way of it. Use both the Lavers (for reference when you’re afloat) and Easytide for passage planning. I suppose you could print and laminate the relevant Easytide graphs for use on the boat. I think it’s graphical format is particularly useful. I hope you always have perfect sailing conditions. However, when your belly’s sick, your body’s aching and your brain wants to run away, anything that makes life easier is a bonus.
Easytide neatly brackets your cruising area, with Fleetwood and Blackpool to the north, Southport and Formby to the south and usefully, Preston.
Forgive me if I’m teaching Granny to suck eggs, but if you see what I mean; strangers use the almanac, locals use Tide Tables.
A centreboard is a most reliable depth-sounder around the fringes of the bay, and drawing a metre or so board-down, a Wayfarer can shorten a trip considerably if you’ve got fair weather and you’re sure of your ground.
No doubt you’ll be able to get loads of sound advice from the members of RCC, and this forum is full of good solid stuff. Take particular note of the caveats regarding operating well within your own limits.
Squintin’ at the sky, puffin’ on me pipe, and tippin’ back me old salt-stained cap, I’d offer this potted wisdom: only sail on neaps, reef early, remember the effects of barometric pressure and wind, and a good outboard and ground-tackle.