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A deeper dive into Explorer: Navigation Alerts

Date Posted: 2018-12-12
Source: Lisa Suhay, News Editor

Now that our team has updated Waterway Guide Explorer it's time to take a look at some of the functions and see exactly what this tool can do. This week we're taking a deeper dive into the Navigation Alerts function.

Navigation Alerts are posted daily in the Waterway Explorer. Other functions list the most current information on Anchorages, Marinas, Fuel Prices, Bridges and Locks. Explorer as currently designed does not require users to sign in or purchase a subscription.

Once in Explorer, simply select an icon for a pop-up box that displays important & concise information. Then select Complete Nav Alert Listing for more detailed information.

Our editors and research team review the Federal Register, Coast Guard Notices to Mariners, Army Corps of Engineers updates and other documentation to report and Nav Alerts are embedded in the Waterway Guide Explorer web app, a text box shows information that is posted by staff editors and verified when posted by other boaters.

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You are part of the navigation matrix. If you see something, say something, and Waterway Guide’s Navigation Alerts specialists will use your input to help others with their trip planning and navigation.

Everyone who visits the Waterway Guide Explorer has the potential to help fellow boaters by using the exclamation point button in the bottom right of the screen on any of the Explorer pages.

When you use the Nav Alert icon to submit an observation or hazard your information will then be followed up and verified by the Waterway Guide. You will get an email alerting you of your submission and when it has been approved.

New Waterway Guide Integration into Popular Navigation Apps

Waterway Guide continues to open its database of marine-related information to users of popular navigation apps that now include Aqua Map, SEAiq and iNavX, with more pending.  The information is shown as overlays on the charts as one of six symbols that include an alert for hazardous conditions, marinas, anchorages, free docks, bridge data, and lock information. Tapping a symbol results in a popup containing detailed information on the item of interest. Best of all, the data is stored in the app and no internet connection is needed except for periodic downloads, which can be accomplished when in range of an internet connection.

Every day, the staff at Waterway Guide participates in this ensemble effort to gather and disseminate up-to-the-minute navigation alerts and information to help keep boaters informed and safe. We’ve been doing this for 70 years. The only thing that has changed is technology.

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