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A Deeper Dive into Explorer Functions: Anchorages & Free Docks

Date Posted: 2019-01-08
Source: Lisa Suhay, News Editor


No matter how long or short the trip all boaters share the common need of needing to decide where to park. This week we're taking a deeper dive into the Anchorage & Free Docks listings that Explorer offers.

All the anchorages shown in the Explorer have been visited, tested and published by on-the-water cruising editors, staff and selected contributors.  To reduce clutter and confusion, we provide a single symbol to represent an anchorage area.

Anchorages are posted across all the regions that we cover in Explorer and are regularly updated through our vast network of on-the-water editors, writers, and contributors.

Other functions in Explorer list current information on Services, Marinas, Navigation Alerts, Fuel Prices, Bridges and Locks and more. Explorer does not require you 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 Services listing for more detailed information.

Users are also invited to add their own reviews and information on the locations they select.

The Explorer provides boaters with a simplified environment for planning trips by providing content that is relevant and verified.

Because our content is validated and posted by editors and staff, noise and guess-work associated with irrelevant and inaccurate content are alleviated. News, reviews and other features in the Explorer help provide a comprehensive source of information for captains and skippers.

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 over 70 years. The only thing that has changed is technology.

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