What does “charts not intended for navigational use” mean?

Seabreeze sells, and recommends, commercially published charts, chart books, and atlases, all of which contain the phrase ” . . . not intended for navigational use” somewhere in some small-print paragraph.   We use them on our own boats.   They generally are more comprehensive in coverage, easier to manage on small navigation stations, and…

Notice to Mariners for Chart Corrections and Updates – Important!!

NGA Notice to Mariners Search Screen Once upon a time the US Coast Guard provided weekly “Notice to Mariners” publications which included important information about planned maritime events, changes to aids to navigation, and warnings of potential hazards affecting all of the boating community. With the explosion of internet access and potential cost savings, the…

California Maritime Regulations are Different

Several years ago I joined the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) after having gone through two predatory ADA law suits. The NFIB offered me a chance to speak and be heard both in Sacramento and in the local media about the travails of running a small maritime business in the so-called golden state. And…

How to Plan for Cruising

Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of would-be cruisers who want to know how to plan for cruising. We’ve helped them to gather the necessary books, charts, cruising guides, and other references that can make the difference between an exhilarating, relaxing adventure and a watery ordeal. We’ve also talked extensively about why those electronic charts…

Nobeltec Odyssey for Windows 8

    Nobeltec Odyssey is the most dynamic, cutting-edge PC-based navigation software available. Built on the same award winning and innovative TimeZero chart engine used in Nobeltec TimeZeroTrident, Odyssey offers a completely new, user interface designed to be extremely intuitive and easy to use. The chart engine redraws charts seamlessly allowing users to easily zoom,…

Hypothermia and PFDs

This is the time of year when the water temperature drops below sixty degrees. I’m sure you are aware that your conscientious survival time if you are immersed in water below sixty drops to approximately one hour. I mention ‘conscientious survival time’ because you may live up to four hours in these temperatures but only…

Signs and Stickers Required on Your Boat

Over the years, the Federal and State governments as well as the Coast Guard have come up with various little stickers that are actually required to be on your vessel. They range from the Certificate of Documentation and the Capacity Plates required vessels less than 26 feet to the written Garbage Plan that is required…

Coast Guard Auxiliary Tip of the Month – Towing vs. Salvage

Coast Guard Auxiliary Tip of the Month The Importance of Knowing the Difference Between Towing vs. Salvage We have a number of areas in and around San Diego where the water is shallow and there is the likelihood of grounding; especially at low tide. If you do run aground, try to get off immediately unless…

Towing vs Salvage

This is probably one of the most important pieces of knowledge that you should know prior to leaving the dock. This information and the corollary legal ramifications can cost or save you hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on your vessel. If you say or agree to certain words you could easily lose your entire…

Vessel Safety Checks

A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) by a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary or an examiner from the US Power Squadron can save you the embarrassment and fine from being boarded by the Coast Guard. When you pass a VSC you will be awarded a VSC Seal that is placed on your port side window…