5/19 Nautical Charts Updates

“NOAA recommends that mariners take advantage of the most recent chart updates by using the NOAA Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) for navigation in U.S. waters. ENCs provide the most up to date information, whereas paper and raster nautical chart updates may be up to one month behind the corresponding ENC coverage. Over the next few years, mariners will see continued improvement in the extent and detail of ENC coverage, while there will be a reduction in RNC and paper chart coverage and service.  ENCs will include routine changes between editions that are not published through notices to mariners. One significant change to the RNC and paper charts will be the removal of controlling (minimum) depth information from many maintained channels. Controlling channel depths will still be provided on ENCs.  Comments or concerns can be addressed through ASSIST, NOAA’s Nautical Inquiry and Comment System at https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/customer-service/assist/.”

5/19 Info provided by Pete Leenhous


2019 June Commodore Column–Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

Summer’s finally upon us and Fleet Captain Jim Gorski has exciting cruising destinations planned for us to experience in the coming weeks and months. As many of you know, there are no general meetings in July or August since this is when we take time to enjoy the water, boats and friends.

First up is the Bell Harbor Cruise, May 30-June 2, with Captains Bruce & Kathy Painter and Jim & Rhonda Turner. Because it’s always been so popular in the winter, we thought we’d add a summer cruise to Seattle. It’s a great opportunity to tie up in a major urban environment and enjoy all that the city has to offer, including shopping, restaurants and cool attractions. Even if you don’t want to take your boat, you can drive over to enjoy the festivities on the dock or around town. Continue reading