MIAMI – TheBoaters, an online nautical community, is working with Google Maps to offer the U.S. Aids to Navigation System on the Web, TheBoaters said in a statement today. The free tool will give boaters easy access to more than 70,000 points including daybeacons, lights and buoys.
These navigational aids are available on TheBoaters’ Web site. While the tool should not be used for navigational purposes, it can help with planning a weekend getaway or overnight raft up with friends! Users can find marinas, choose an anchorage and plan trips.
Each of these navigational aids has a descriptive bubble of information that is accessed by clicking an icon on the map. The aids can be viewed in three different types of backgrounds: satellite view, map view and terrain view. Each background offers additional information.
TheBoaters cautions that using the tools should be limited to informational and planning purposes, not for navigation. TheBoaters.com will update changes made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard about once a month.
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