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Crowd-sourced charts — are we there yet?

NOAA has 17 ships whose assignment includes depth surveying, according to a recent article that BoatUS published. But nearly every chartplotter sold now has depth sounding capabilities, tide charts, time/date, and the ability to customize the keel offset for the depth transducer.  So, virtually every boat out there with modern equipment has the ability to […]

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Sucia gets a new day beacon

The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting: Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound in Seattle, Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homeported in Everett, Wash., and Air Station Astoria, Ore., work in conjunction to fill in the concrete foundation for a new Ewing Island Danger Daybeacon near Sucia […]

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Salish Sea Pilot releases updated ‘Almost Free’ guides

Salish Sea Pilot has just released its 2015 Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound cruising guides. The guides are completely rebuilt and will soon be followed by guides to Puget Sound and the Sunshine Coast. Nothing feels more altruistic than offering cruising guides as free downloads. And it made the folks at Salish […]

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Navigating with Google Earth

Moving south from Uligan, we used Google Earth in conjunction with our primary chart plotter (OpenCPN) to help navigate to our second anchorage in the Maldives. Google Earth is a great tool for cruisers, helping when chart accuracy is in question, or to benefit from the different kind of information provided by satellite images. The […]

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