To ensure that its aids to navigation are keeping up with the revolution in electronic navigation technologies, The US Coast Guard has recently been experimenting with synthetic electronic buoys (buoys which locate an AIS signal on a physical buoy) as well as fully virtual buoys (AIS-visible buoys where no physical buoys exist). How much do you know about these new technologies? Would you use them if they were available in your cruising area? For more information click HERE.
Have you noticed something new on the home page? We have replaced the rotating pictures with a new capability to view charts of the Great Lakes (or any place else in the world). Navionics, known for their extensive set of charts for many brands of chart plotters, has provided the ability for users to look at charts in depth. We are pleased to give our members and others this opportunity to explore the waters of the Great Lakes and further with this new tool. Please note that one cannot create routes with this tool. Click on the Acknowledgements for further information. Although this tool is rather intuitive to use, one can click here for further instructions.
Great Lakes Marine Weather Guru and GLCCSchool weather instructor Mark Thornton recently created several new climatology pages on his marine weather company's web site. To view the more detailed post about this analysis with links to each Great Lake click HERE. To look at a sample analysis for Lake Huron click Huron.