Thursday, April 03, 2008
The fastest growing nautical community on the Internet will now provide a new resource sure to impress the most knowledgeable skippers. TheBoaters is the first website to offer the U.S. Aids to Navigation System in Google maps. And it's free! Over 70,000 points including daybeacons, lights, and buoys will be easily accessed.
Leonard Boord, CEO of TheBoaters.com says, "Every recreational boater should have free access to this very valuable data." To access these navigational aids simply visit TheBoaters and start exploring! Boaters are able explore new waters and view thousands of navigational aids on their personal computer via the Internet.
While the tool should not be used for navigational purposes, it will be excellent for planning a weekend getaway or overnight raft up with friends! Plan trips, find marinas, choose an anchorage, and much more with a simple click of the mouse instead of fumbling around with a bulky chart.
Each of these navigational aids has a descriptive bubble of information that is accessed by clicking an icon on the map. View the aids in three different types of backgrounds: satellite view, map view and terrain view. Each background offers additional information to the boating enthusiast.
The use of these tools should be limited to informational and planning purposes, not for navigation. TheBoaters.com will update changes made by NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard about once a month.
TheBoaters is a free online community for boat owners, crew and boating enthusiasts. You can create a captain's profile, boat profile, share photos , join groups, discuss in the forums, and now much more. In just four short months since its launch, TheBoaters has over 25,000 registered users.
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