Capts. Mark and Diana Doyle joke that they could be the last of the old-school cruising guide authors — out there full time, collecting firsthand information with an assortment of low- and high-tech survey tools.
They say that on-the-water commitment pays off in their latest project as they redefine value in an Intracoastal Waterway chart kit.
“These days everyone has a boatload of smartphones, tablets, PCs and chart plotters onboard, each with its own flavor of e-charts. So the value of a chart kit isn’t in the cartography anymore, it’s all about the annotations — the visual references to where important things are and what they all might mean,” co-author Mark Doyle said in a statement.
The new ChartGuides were designed to leverage two existing On the Water publications. They build on NOAA’s latest color charts and intuitively overlay accurate location and navigation guidance from the Doyles’ ICW CruiseGuide and AnchorGuide editions.