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NOAA Invites Public Comment on the Draft National Charting Plan

NOAA invites public comment on the recently released National Charting Plan. Comments are due by midnight, June 1, 2017. The National Charting Plan is a strategy to improve NOAA nautical chart coverage, products, and distribution. It describes the evolving state of marine navigation and nautical chart production, and outlines actions... Continue reading
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Oh #!*&@! You’ve Run Aground!

Sooner or later, if you use your boat, you will have an unexpected encounter with the bottom. Just knowing that it happens to everyone can help, preventing you from doing something rash to save face in the heat of the moment. So, after the intial "Oh #!*&@!" what should you... Continue reading
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Tips on Surviving a Thunderstorm on Your Boat

Our friends at Boating magazine recently wrote an excellent article on “Surviving Lightning Strikes While Boating.” We thought much of it was worth sharing, so we’ve excerpted the article here. Powerful, dangerous, highly unpredictable — all are common descriptions of lightning. A direct strike that results only in ringing ears... Continue reading
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Tips on Understanding Channel Markers

You probably know “Red Right Return” as a basic rule of navigation, but there are more than a hundred different navigation marker variations in U.S. waterways. Here is a rundown on the most common aids in all navigable waterways except Western rivers. Learn to identify them on the chart and... Continue reading