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Welcome Aboard 2017

Welcome to the Port Townsend Yacht Club (PTYC).  We are located at 2503 Washington Street in the picturesque Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Washington – the gateway to cruising in Puget Sound from Olympia and Seattle, to the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands, and north through the Inside Passage to Alaska.  From here you can boat to some of the most spectacular places in the world.  Our club is active throughout the year with cruises, seminars, socials and meetings.  We welcome new members, visiting boaters via our reciprocal program, and community members with an interest in boating.  Enjoy our website!

 

Newly Revised Pleasant Harbor Cruise Flyer

Fly your burgee and carry your membership card!

Ahoy!

Click on the flyer link below to see how our upcoming August 18-20th Pleasant Harbor Cruise optional activities have evolved and now include live music and blindfold rowing  dinghy races!

Coming by boat?  Check the Pleasant Harbor Marina for any remaining slip reservations:  diane@plesantharbormarina.com or call 360-796-4611

Newly Revised Pleasant Harbor Cruise Flyer

Use Reciprocals – Maybe Win a Prize!

Again this year, our Club is running a contest to see who can use the most reciprocals during this cruising season.  (Last year the winner used a dozen reciprocals).

Save money, see the world, and enjoy the cruising! Use some of our great reciprocal berths around the Northwest.   Check the Club directory, website, or   yachtdestinations.org   for the latest arrangements.

Keep track of the reciprocals you use. At the end of October, we will ask for email feedback.   The winner will get a prize – yet to be announced.

Dale Moses, Reciprocal Coordinator

UPDATE ON NOAA CHART COMMENT PERIOD

We at RBAW (Recreation Boating Association of Washington) appreciate all who may have responded to our call earlier this week for submittal of comments on NOAA’s “National Charting Plan” (see: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/docs/NationalChartingPlan.pdf) , as some in the recreational boating community and our supporting chart-industry did read a section starting page 26 as implying that NOAA support for Raster (BSB) chart data might soon disappear…

Apparently there WAS a flurry of comments received from many sources, before June 1 deadline, as NOAA published very quickly, on 5/31/2017, this “clarification” that the move away from support of the “paper-chart” format style is long-range and will take decades — during which phase-out time, the BSB Raster-chart data WILL be fully supported…  AND that NOAA is committed to make the newer ENC “Vector”-format charting products more “user-friendly”.  (see: https://noaacoastsurvey.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/noaa-clarifies-national-charting-plan-vision-for-production-of-noaa-paper-charts-and-rncs/) – and note their comment: “the ENC vector chart is still relatively new and needs some improvement. We recognize that in many cases, the ENC is not as easy to use as its paper equivalent”

Further re-assurance comes from Ben Ellison in his 5/31 electronics blog Panbo, based on his direct communication with John Nyberg, Chief of the Marine Chart Division at    NOAA :   http://www.panbo.com/archives/2017/05/is_it_true_news_that_noaa_wants_to_stop_ making_noaa_charts.html

AND this post at BoatUS Foundation also quells anxieties: http://www.boatus.com/pressroom/release.asp?ID=1301#.WTGqeGgrKUm

Note that due to this intense interest shown at very end of their comments-gathering period, NOAA has extended comments on the “National Charting Plan”  an extra month, until July 1 2017.  This would be an excellent opportunity for all of us to forward our comments on how the newer Vector-chart products could be improved… (within the constraints of all the International rules this system must follow).

Regards,

Wayne Gilham,  President RBAW, Tacoma WA   cell: 253 318 9873