Time is Running Out! Have You Reviewed NOAA's Proposed Changes to Navigational Charts?
National Charting Plan: An Expert's Viewpoint
NOAA's Office of Coast Survey recently released a draft National Charting Plan, which describes proposed changes to NOAA's approach to navigational charting. NOAA is encouraging all stakeholders to review the plan and provide feedback by June 1.
Former United States Power Squadrons national educational officer, Bob Sweet, does just that in a two-part series featured on
. Sweet notes that the National Charting Plan's vision for the future includes "the end of raster navigation charts" and "the sunset of paper charts," both of which are very important tools for the recreational boater. "Most recreational boaters use some sort of electronic navigation," he states. "But prudent recreational boaters always carry paper charts as well."
of his commentary, Sweet describes the differences between the needs of commercial and recreational boaters. In
of the series, he provides
four key reasons why paper charts are critical
for safe recreational boating.