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Review of Aqualuma Gen 4 Series Thru-hull LEDs, Aquatic AV BlueCube & Mariner Amphibious DRONE. Yachting Times Magazine, Spring 2015, page 66.

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http://yachtingtimesmagazine.com/issue/18spring2015/pageflip.html

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Out with the old?

In a press release issued yesterday, October 22, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of thousands of nautical charts, announced that it will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts. The release went on to say that NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print on demand (POD) and for electronic charting systems.

“Like most other mariners, I grew up on NOAA lithographic charts and have used them for years,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “We know that changing chart formats and availability will be a difficult change for some mariners who love their traditional paper charts, but we’re still going to provide other forms of our official charts.”

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Plotting on paper

Since 1862, those lithographic nautical charts — available in marine shops and other stores — have been printed by the U.S. government and sold to the public by commercial vendors. The decision to stop production is based on several factors, including the declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts, and federal budget realities.

“With the end of traditional paper charts, our primary concern continues to be making sure that boaters, fishing vessels, and commercial mariners have access to the most accurate, up-to-date nautical chart in a format that works well for them,” said Capt. Shep Smith, chief of Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division. “Fortunately, advancements in computing and mobile technologies give us many more options than was possible years ago.”

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Is it best to have both?

NOAA will continue to create and maintain other forms of nautical charts, including the increasingly popularPrint on Demand (POD) charts, updated paper charts available from NOAA-certified printers. NOAAelectronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC®) and raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®), used in a variety of electronic charting systems, are also updated weekly and are available for free download from the Coast Survey website.

The world of navigation is benefiting from advances in technology, Smith explained. He said that NOAA will consult with chart users and private businesses about the future of U.S. navigation, especially exploring the use of NOAA charts as the basis for new products.

The Bottom Line

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Electronic navigation is increasingly popular with recreational boaters.

It seems clear that NOAA isn’t making enough income off of paper. So they are moving towards more lucrative delivery systems.

This is good news for trailblazers like ActiveCaptain, the first to market with a crowd-sourced, electronic navigation product and the only Interactive Cruising Guidebook online. Since then, ActiveCaptain has been integrated with top e-nav systems across all platforms, like Garmin’s BlueChart Mobile, Navimatics Charts & Tides, Polarview, SEAiq, Jeppesen’s C-MAP, MaxSea, Nobeltec, and more.

Stop the Presses!

With all these choices available to everyone’s price-range, it’s no wonder NOAA has made the decision to stop the presses.

Paper charts will ultimately go the way of the Newspaper. As the developer of ActiveCaptain put it, ” I think that’s a big announcement and is just one more of a series of nails in the coffin of paper charts. It acknowledges what has happened in every other industry which has experienced similar technology changes. In this case, it’s the chart image, not the media, that’s important.”

It probably bodes well for cruising guide publishers like On The Water ChartGuides. Publisher Mark Doyle learned early on that if you’re going to compete in the digital navigation market, you’ll need to update often. His Intracoastal Waterway CruiseGuide and other guides come with free daily updates and alerts via Facebook, Twitter, RSS, and even text or email. As people find it too expensive to purchase charts Printed On Demand, they will want to turn to these comfortable chart books for detailed information and charts of US waterways.

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PDF Chart of San Francisco Bay from NOAA.

FREE CHARTS! (For a Limited Time)

For a limited time, NOAA is offering its entire suite of charts in PDF file format. For the three-month trial period, you can download about a thousand high-resolution printable nautical charts – almost the entire suite of charts. These PDFs are exact images of the traditional charts we have come to love, currently printed by lithography. They are available now! Go to: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pdfcharts/ for info and to download the PDF charts. You’ll need to have their Chart Viewer to choose which numbers you want.

So whether you decide to give up your paper charts and go solely digital or hold out for another year, keep in mind that if you are using paper, you’ll have to check Local Notice to Mariners for updates – a time-consuming job, for sure!

Check out the discussion (it’s a lively one!) on ActiveCaptains eBoatCards Discussion Group. It’s free to join.

http://www.eboatcards.com/the2ndmostdangerousthing

Lastly, if you’re thinking about tossing your paper charts, consider giving them a second life by donating them to a local sailing group. Or send them to me and I will up cycle them into something very cool!

-Nancy

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The New Holiday issue of BayPop Magazine is available online now.

http://www.baypop.com/

Check out my column “Ship Chic” and discover the most luxurious yachts & yacht toys available for your wish list.

Enjoy!

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Stealth, Quiet, Grand & Easy on the Engines – Planet Solar Sets the Stage

Looking like something out of a science fiction or perhaps a James Bond film, the M/S Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat, completed its around the world voyage to promote the use of sustainable solar energy this past Friday, May 4th.

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Planet Solar arrives in Monaco. Images -www.planetsolar.org

A large crowd turned out to welcome the 115-foot catamaran, which holds the record as the largest solar-powered boat ever built. The leader of the

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PlanetSolar expedition, Raphaël Domjan, told waiting reporters, “We are extremely happy to have achieved this first world tour with solar energy! We have shown that we have the technologies as well as the knowledge to become sustainable and safeguard our blue planet.”
Built in Germany at a reported cost of $24 million, the twin-screw catamaran — which is powered by electric motors and capable of cruising at approximately 8 knots —  completed the 37,000-nautical mile circumnavigation using only solar energy, in 584 days. Some 5,780 square-feet of solar panels on deck charge what is said to be the largest lithium-ion battery in the world.

During the 19-month voyage, which began in Monaco Sept. 27, 2010, the 102-foot vessel crossed the Atlantic, passed through the Panama Canal and crossed the Pacific and Indian oceans.

The top investor in the project, German Immo Stroeher, said, “The M/S Tûranor PlanetSolar is much more than a ship. It has become an ambassador of solar energy.

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Planet Solar in Miami. Images- http://www.planetsolar.org

The name Turanor is derived from the “Lord of the Rings” series of books by J.R.R. Tolkien and translates into “The Power of the Sun.”

For more information on Planet  Solar, visit them online!

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ActiveCaptain, the world’s first interactive, user-supported, cruising guide, has announced a new partnership with Garmin International.

In a press release dated February 15, 2012, Jeffrey Siegel, Owner/Co-Founder of ActiveCaptain, announced that Garmin has become the first officially -licensed company to integrate ActiveCaptain into their BlueChart Mobile app for iPad and iPhone.

Siegel wrote, “As the first major marine electronics manufacturer to publicly license ActiveCaptain, the stage is set for another doubling of AC users to over 200,000 members.”

Engelhard (Al) Sundoro, Garmin’s Senior Director, Marine Sales and Marketing said, “We’re proud to partner with ActiveCaptain to make the boating experience even more pleasurable. The content provided by the ActiveCaptain community is a great complement to Garmin’s BlueChart Mobile application – now, not only will mariners have the latest charts and service data from Garmin, but they’ll also have access to a wealth of information directly from other captains.”

Garmin’s new app isn’t available yet, but will be after the formal announcement at the Miami International Boat Show, this weekend – Feb. 16-20. It will debut at the Garmin booth (#1689) and ActiveCaptain support will be demonstrated with live data.

BlueChart will be free of charge through the iTunes App Store, but users will pay to download various charts regions as needed. It provides integration for route planning and totally integrates with the real-time, synchronized data from the ActiveCaptain servers. It does not require Garmin chartplotters but has extra capabilities if you also have other Garmin hardware.

Up-To-Date Cruising Information… In the palm of your hand

Most cruisers would agree that having a member-updated cruising guide is the best way to get the most accurate, useful information about anchorages, ports and even hazards.

“Bringing more boaters to the ActiveCaptain community is a huge win for the entire boating community, especially outside the U.S., where Garmin’s support for international chart data will merge perfectly with our international content.”

Currently the scope of the data is focused primarily on the U.S., but that will surely change quickly as more international users come onboard. As more boaters share their local knowledge and cruising experiences with others in the boating community, everyone benefits. One of my favorite aspects of ActiveCaptain is the ratings system where cruisers can share their knowledge of any particular anchorage by assessing aspects like holding, wind protection, wake protection, shopping and access to shore – all important to those visiting for the first time. Printed cruising guides tend to become inaccurate as soon as they hit the stores, so interactive guides like ActiveCaptain are more useful whether one is out for a daysail or cruising the world.

Anyone can become a member of the ActiveCaptain community. It’s free to join and begin posting information. There’s also incentives to contribute. Members earn points for entering information on marinas and fuel pricing and then exchange those points for logo-wear, products and occasional special promotions by marinas.

ActiveCaptain is also available as an overlay on another charting app for the iPhone/iPad, namely Charts&Tides by Navimatics.

ActiveCaptain’s press release:
https://activecaptain.com/news/2012-02-15.php

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Please join me at the Lighthouse Pt. Yacht Club for the monthly Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club‘s General Meeting and a special event!

After the General Meeting I will present a slide show of my recent Tall Ship cruises on the both the Royal Clipper & the Star Flyer. Our Special Event is a raffle of hundreds of Mobile Apps for boaters & sailors as well as Online Sail Training & Certification, Top-notch Navigation Software for PC/Mac, iPhone & iPad cases, GPS boosters for iPhone and more!

All Proceeds will go to benefit the Youth Sailing Program at HISC!

NB_on_L47PC_smAbout the Presentation:

Cruising is always an adventure, but Nancy has taken it to new heights – sailing and writing about cruising on tall ships, eco-adventure sailing and destination travel articles. Her love of sailing has now combined with her “inner geek,” to produce “iTapTouch, LLC” – the first mobile app development company dedicated to the Marine Industry.

The April general meeting is shaping up to be extra special as Nancy has put together an incredible collection of raffle prizes including codes to download free mobile apps, charting software programs, iPhone & iPad cases, Online Sail Training Courses, 12V USB power adapters and more! All proceeds from the raffle will go to the HISC Youth Sailing Program. A Big Thank YOU (!) to all the Developers and Vendors for their incredible generosity in donations.

When, Where…LPYCmap

6:30 (Cocktails & Mingling) or 7PM (Meeting and Presentation).

To be held at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club:
2701 Northeast 42nd Street
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064-8476
(954) 942-3524

Directions:
Take I95 to Sample Rd Exit, head East to Federal Hwy (Hwy 1) and turn left or North to NE 39th Street. Go East to NE 27th Terrace (look for sign to YC) and turn left. Go to end and park.

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A huge THANK YOU to our gracious Donors for giving so much!

Partial Donor List:

  1. 1st prize Captain bundle of courses (value $300)
  2. 2nd prize Bareboat Charter Master (value $160)
  3. 3rd prize skipper (value $95)
  • Navimatics: Charts&Tides for East, Gulf & Great Lakes ($24.99)
  • Navionics: – Chartplotter Apps, Charts and Laptop Software ($9.99-$130.00)
  • Pinkfroot: ShipFinder ($4.99) & ShipFinder HD ($7.99)
  • Roger Boesch: SailMaps ($5.99), SailBook ($5.99)
  • TreeFrogPads: 5 Incredibly Sticky Pads! ($12.95 ea)
  • LokSak: aLOKSAK waterproof bags and cases ($7.99 – 29.99)
  • Otterbox: Universal iPhone 4 Defender Series case ($49.95)
  • Polar Navy: PolarView NS – Navigation software licenses. ($39.99)
  • Xantrex: 5 – USB DC Chargers ($9.99)

Not able to make it? No worries! Anyone who donates to the Youth Sailing Program can get free app codes or other prizes.
Email:
info@itaptouch.com for details, but hurry because Apple Redeem Codes are only good for a short time!

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