Boating News that might affect YOU!
ANTI ANCHORING LEGISLATION
BoatUS Government Affairs April 22, 2014 Dear BoatU.S. Member: On Wednesday, the Florida House of Representatives is voting on a Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill, and will consider adding a last-minute amendment that would allow Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to restrict anchoring. We need you to contact your state representative ASAP and ask them to pass a “clean bill” without amendments in order to stop this anti-boater initiative. Click here to send a message to your representative. You can also call them, click here to get their phone number in Tallahassee. More: Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (Miami Beach) and Representative Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez (Miami Springs) have introduced amendments to Florida Senate Bill 1126 and House Bill 955 (the Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill) that would allow Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to restrict anchoring. The Florida House is voting Wednesday, April 23rd, on House Bill 955 which does not currently have an “anti-anchoring” amendment. We need you to contact your state representative and urge them to pass a “clean bill” without amendments in order to help stop these anti-anchoring proposals that could severely impact anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s coasts, and establish dangerous precedent for the rest of the state. For a number of years BoatU.S., our Members and others have worked tirelessly to prohibit localities from enacting a patchwork of laws and ordinances that restrict the anchoring of non-live aboard vessels outside permitted mooring fields. We want to ensure that active, responsible, cruising boaters continue to have an array of options, including anchoring out, using moorings and tying up at docks. We do not want to go back to the old, and broken, system of confusing local laws which make legitimate cruisers unwelcome in local waters. The proposed anti-anchoring amendments directly counter the statewide effort to develop consistent and rational options for cruising boaters. We really need your voice to help stop this proposal. Please act now, and forward this to your boating friends tonight. Help us defeat this 11th-hour potential derailment of viable anchoring in Florida. Click here for additional information on anchoring in Florida. Thanks for your help! Margaret Podlich President, BoatU.S. 703-823-9550 x8363 DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. If you prefer not to receive BoatU.S. Government Affairs Alert emails go to http://www.boatus.com/gov/unsub.asp or use the link at the bottom of this message.
Saving the Magenta Line >>>
In September 2013, US/NOAA began asking boaters for feedback on the "magenta line" - the magenta colored overlay on US charts showing the recommended route of travel for the various US intracoastal waterways: New Jersey, Atlantic, Dismal Swamp, Florida West Coast, Gulf West, Gulf East, Okeechobee Lake, and Okeechobee Rim. The line first appeared in 1912, saw a major update in 1935, with only rare updates since then. This has caused many tense moments as the real channel has shifted away from the marked channel leaving boaters confused about the correct path. ActiveCaptain hazard markers have helped with those, "what do I do here?" moments. The feedback from boaters was heard loud and clear by NOAA. They claim that 99.9% requested that NOAA maintain the magenta line rather than remove it. There was a collective sigh of relief last week when NOAA officially announced they would re-work the magenta line into an "advisory, directional guide that helps prevent boaters from going astray in the maze of channels that comprise the route." They've cautioned that it will take years to fix the line after 70 years of neglect, estimating that it could be done by mid-2015. The problem is how to accomplish the task. How will they go about fixing the magenta line? That was part 2 of the NOAA Coast Survey announcement. They have added ActiveCaptain to their "cartographic toolkit in the chart evaluation system." Last year NOAA licensed the ActiveCaptain data for internal use. We wrote some custom software to make it easier for the cartographers to use the hazard data you provide to help update charts and fix the magenta line. The first part of the software has been delivered to NOAA for their use. NOAA approached us because they were already using the hazard data to locate problems but had to manually search on areas of interest to see what needed attention. Now hazard changes are automatically presented to them so they can quickly go through the changes and determine whether additional surveys or chart changes are needed. All of this data originates from you. It's an amazing thing. When you review a marina, they listen to what you're saying and the good marinas evaluate your feedback to make themselves better. This exact same feedback loop is now happening with the actual charts. We'd like to see other governments do this same type of thing (we're talking to you UKHO!). ActiveCaptain hazards are implemented throughout the world in a crowdsourced way that allows cartography divisions to have the latest information from the people who are out on the water. Quality charts can no longer solely come from governments. We all play a part in helping them create the best charts possible. We'd gladly provide these delta-hazard tools to other government cartographers for free just like we did for NOAA.
November 22, 2013
It's official that Premier will be at the St Pete Boat Show from December 5-8th. We will have a fantastic 1980 Gulfstar 47 Sailmaster that has been totally redone. New engine, new genset, updated interior and upholstery and updated electronics. She just arrived from Grand Cayman this week and will look great for the show. Stop by and see her to be IMPRESSED!
October 21, 2013
***Notice from NOAA regarding printed charts****
"Please distribute this notice concerning the future production of NOAA paper chart products as widely as possible.
"Major changes are coming for mariners who purchase paper nautical charts of U.S. coasts and the Great Lakes.
"Effective April 1, 2014, the federal government will no longer print the traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts.
"NOAA continues to provide the nation’s nautical charts in a variety of forms — including full-size nautical chart PDF (Portable Document Format) ﬁles on a trial basis. And we continue to support the entrepreneurs who use NOAA nautical charts in their development of new navigation products and services."
Many cruisers are starting to look into using there iPad or iPhone for navigation. Two apps you might want to look at are SEAiq ($10) and iSailor (cost varies based on chart selection). SEAiq will interact with ActiveCaptain which gives some great information. For iSailor, the app was free and the chart kit for the Tampa/St. Pete area was a one-time fee of $5.
Be aware that if you have an iPad with only WIFI, you will need an external GPS antenna. I was using the Dual GPS antenna for both flying and boating. It runs around $50 and has been very dependable. I'll keep you updated if I run across better apps. April 19, 2013
Dear BoatU.S. Member, Do you own a federally documented vessel? The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to charge an annual fee of $26.00 for the renewal of certificates of documentation for recreational boats. While the Coast Guard charges to issue new certificates of documentation for boats, currently there is no charge for annual renewal. This fee will only apply if your boat is federally documented and would be in addition to any state registration fees. For current information on federal vessel documentation, visit the United States Coast Guard Documentation Center. We encourage you to share your thoughts with the Coast Guard on this proposal before May 3rd, 2013, by going to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USCG-2010-0990 Please forward this email to fellow boaters with documented vessels. If you have any additional questions, please contact BoatU.S. Government Affairs at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com. Thank you for being a BoatU.S. member! Margaret Podlich President, BoatU.S. GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com 703-461-2878 x8363 BoatUS.com/Gov Forward this email to a friend For an update on this and other government affairs topics please visit BoatUS.com/gov.
April 11, 2013
Sad news in the boating industry. Arthur Defever passed away yesterday. He was 95. His designs are timeless and graceful. Fair winds to him.
Premier Yacht & Aircraft Sales