Survey seeks data on chart updates

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The Alliance for Safe Navigation, whose mission is to raise boater awareness about the importance of accurate navigational information, announced its annual survey for recreational boaters.

The survey’s purpose is to gauge boaters’ awareness of available updates to navigational tools and their concerns related to accuracy. This year’s survey also will gather data about groundings and whether they were related to a lack of accurate navigational tools.

Although most boaters use aids such as GPS, electronic charts and paper charts, the 2010 survey of 7,570 boaters revealed that most respondents do not routinely purchase current charts that reflect weekly updates issued by the Coast Guard.

“Changes happen every single day, and one seemingly small change can be very important when it comes to boater safety,” said Ken Cirillo, business development executive for Jeppesen, a founding member of the alliance. “By using charts that are current, whether those charts are paper or electronic, boaters improve their odds of avoiding accidents and groundings.”

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