For those of us here in the States who traverse the waters of the East and Gulf Coasts, and besides keeping all your high-tech electronic charts, plotters, and other navigational equipment in optimum operating condition, you have your good old-fashioned paper charts at the ready as well. Now, a long overdue update is being put into motion and, with the help of those of us in the boating community, traveling will be just a bit safer for all. Scott Croft sent this BoatUS update along in an attempt to reach out to readers of the Boat & Yacht Report in case anyone out there would like to help. –Capt. Ken
Over 70 Years Old, “Magenta Line” To Get a Safer Route
With Help From Boaters
It’s over 70 years old, a thin magenta-colored line appearing on over 50 different navigational charts covering the Atlantic Coast and Gulf, snaking along the route of the Intracoastal Waterway. Now, thanks to NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and a public-private partnership with Active Captain, an interactive cruising guidebook, NOAA will be updating the “magenta line” on all of its newly issued navigational charts to help keep boaters in safe waters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) submitted comments on the proposal to NOAA, who had initially proposed removing the line entirely. However, responding to BoatUS’ and other boaters’ comments, NOAA will tap into users of Active Captain to update the route in an on-going effort that will benefit the boating community.
The magenta line appears in charts covering all Intracoastal waters, and is essentially two distinct routes along the eastern US and Gulf Coasts totaling about 3,000 miles in length. Said Captain Shep Smith, chief of NOAA’s Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division, “Today’s decision to reinstate the magenta line is not a quick fix. It will take at least three years to fix problems that were 70 years in the making.”
Boaters may contribute to the updating effort by joining Active Captain at www.activecaptain.com
About BoatUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.