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Old 10-27-2019, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default stay safe- update your charts and apps

A friend of mine recently ran aground and did some serious damage to his boat (thankfully nobody was injured) due to allegedly inaccurate charts. However, when we dug into it, turns out my friend had not updated his navigation charts or the navigation app and this would have provided him with updated chart data that reflected the shallow area. Personally I use Navionics app on my phone and I have auto updates set to on for the app through my phone settings. But I also am sure to update the charts within the app on a regular basis (every couple of weeks at the most). This way I have my bases covered on both fronts. It seems that updating your navigation tools is super important but doesn't get a lot of attention. Please remind your fellow boaters to update not only their charts but also their navigational apps, whichever app they choose to use.

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Old 10-27-2019, 05:13 PM   #2
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This is a very important part of being a mariner. Updating charts used to be a tedious endeavor...finding Notices to Mariners and painstakingly amending paper charts on a regular basis.

Nowadays it is far more easy with digital technology. I know people who are using 30 year old charts which haven't been kept current. It's a dangerous practice and, in Australia at least, it is illegal to navigate with charts which are not up to date.

Obviously, penalties are very rarely given out...especially to recreational mariners...but in the event of an accident, insurance companies will do everything in their power to avoid paying out. If a check of your charts showed an avoidable anomaly, they could refuse to pay for repairs.

it's a good point you raise and one well worth promoting.

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