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: , 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: – 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 : making_noaa_charts.html

AND this post at BoatUS Foundation also quells anxieties:

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).


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

PTYC Member Dan Newland is 2015 “T-37” National Regatta Champion

Champion Dan 10-3-15 Starting line 10-3-15PTYC’s own Dan Newland (right) wins the 2015 T-37 Radio Controlled Sailboat National Championship Regatta held at the Seattle Yacht Club this past October 3rd.  With 27 sailboats competing, it is the largest championship to date.  The 2nd photo shows a race start heat.

Dan proudly presented the perpetual trophy/plaque to the Port Townsend Yacht Club at their October Meeting, as PTYC has been at the center of our local Fleet’s success.  We now have around 42 boats in our local PT fleet and we continue to get even more.

“Our fleet, here on the peninsula has become one of the really hot and most competitive fleets around, always making a good showing at all of the regattas we attend.”

For additional photos visit this link provided by Allan Van Ness, PNMYC Commodore.

See the upcoming PTYC November Baggywrinkle Newsletter for featured articles.

Ilona Bell, PTYC Newsletter and Website Editor