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How Boaters Use The Waterway Explorer

What is the Waterway Guide Explorer?
What is User-Generated Content?
Why are reviews important?
Navigation Alerts and Information
Explorer User Guides


What is the Waterway Guide Explorer?

The Explorer provides boaters with a simplified environment for planning trips by providing content that is relevant and verified. Navigation Alerts, Anchorages, Marinas, Fuel Prices, Bridges and Locks are the primary categories of information offered. The Explorer does not require you to sign-in or purchase a subscription. Because our content is validated and posted by editors and staff, noise and guess-work associated with irrelevant and inaccurate content is alleviated. News, reviews and other features in the Explorer provide a comprehensive source of information for captains and skippers.

What is User-Generated Content?

Collecting content from the boating universe through crowd-sourcing is just one important channel for providing the most up-to-date and accurate information for boaters. We also employ a network of on-the-water cruising editors who explore all of our geographic regions to report back and adapt our content as the environment, businesses and locations change. With a combination of both public and expert generated content, Waterway Guide verifies the content we collect using our internal team and networks of stakeholders. Only then do we publish the most accurate and relevant content.

Why are reviews important?

We all want to know what others’ experiences were like. But we want the truth. Waterway Guide ensures that a 2-way discussion occurs whenever there are negative or positive reviews. Unlike other sites, Waterway Guide provides all marinas the opportunity to respond to all reviews about their businesses. Before we publish this content we check for slander, that the topic is valid and that all the details provided are relevant to boaters. Waterway Guide began asking our readers their opinions back when we began in 1947. We still do.

Navigation Alerts and Information

Waterway Guide understands the importance of informing boaters of navigation alerts along the waterways. We capture content from the users of our digital products and from our cruising editors. However, before we deem valid a notification of shoaling, floating debris, bridge closures, or any other piece of information that may be applicable to a boater, we verify that content through our extensive network. These sources include our cruising editors, the Coast Guard, bridge tenders, lock operators, marinas and others who can validate the information. Our dedicated team provides this level of service to anyone who uses our websites and our apps.

Explorer User Guides