Aug 20

New EarthNC iPhone and iPad Apps For Sale

Available now for sale from the iTunes App Store, EarthNC iPhone Marine Charts
brings seamless nationwide Nautical Charting, Weather, and Marine Data to the
iPad and iPhone platforms.

EarthNC’s new apps offer -

Simple, Complete Charting:
With seamless charting there are no region restrictions, no individual chart downloads, no hassles. Our seamless chart library includes all NOAA Raster Charts covering all US coasts, the Great Lakes, Pacific Islands, and Puerto Rico/USVI.

Integrated Search:
A powerful search engine helps you pointpoint nautical place names, mile markers, buoys, markers, and more for all US waters including Army Corps inland rivers on the “Great Loop”. You can search and view realtime NOAA Marine Forecasts, FAA Airport Observations, NOAA Weather Buoys, and 3-Day Tide predictions.

Online / Offline Modes:
Simply drag and drop an area of interest to ’save’ areas for full offline use. Charts are updated on a monthly basis (and sometimes weekly) so you never have to worry about not being on a network or working with “old data”.

Lots of Nautical Content:
We’ve partnered with Marinalife, Cruisersnet, and Waterway Guide to feature an extensive set of Marina, Bridge, and Anchorage listings available on the map and via search bringing extensive contact info, service listings, reviews, reservations, and comments directly to your iPhone or iPad.

Live Route Tracking and Waypoints:
Using the integrated GPS on the iPhone and iPad 3G. Users can customize compass, speed, and other data displays as well as choose their units. Record and review tracks with our trip computer and even create your own routes with the EarthNC Web Chart viewer and export them to your Mobile Device for realtime tracking. Creating waypoints on the device is as easy as a tap. User generated waypoints are also available for real-time tracking.

Introductory pricing is just $24.99 and EarthNC Marine Charts can be purchased directly from the App store on your iPhone or iPad as EarthNC Marine Charts or use this link for iTunes on your computer

Jun 02

Bowlegs 2010 – Time to Bring Out the Inner Pirate

IMG_4766June 4th marks this year’s Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Key boating events are fireworks Friday night (June 4th) and the pirate invasion / on-water party on the 5th. The event is centered on the Fort Walton Landing park downtown. Boating traffic is always heavy during Billy Bowlegs so be sure to take it slow in and around the Landing and bring plenty of water and sunscreen to ward off the sun.

Aug 03

Emerald Coast Boat Week and Poker Run 2009

10268The Emerald Coast Poker Run and Boat Week are summer favorites in the Destin/Fort Walton area. Events kick off Wednesday the 12th with Ladies Night at Helen Back cafe and run through the Ski Show at 5pm on Sunday at Scully’s on the Bayou in Fort Walton Beach. In between are the Bikini Contest (Fudpuckers in Destin) on Thursday, Captains’ party and Boat-In Movie on Friday, and of course the breakfast, Poker Run and party on Saturday and the Sunday raft-up at Crab Island.

We’ve put together a map of the events combined with the boating charts for the local area courtesy of

May 22

It’s Pirate Time Again – 2009 Billy Bowlegs Festival and Map

IMG_4766June 5th marks this year’s Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Key boating events are fireworks Friday night (June 5th) and the pirate invasion / on-water party on the 6th. The event is centered on the Fort Walton Landing park downtown. Boating traffic is always heavy during Billy Bowlegs so be sure to take it slow in and around the Landing and bring plenty of water and sunscreen to ward off the sun.

Apr 21

2009 ABWA Billy Bowlegs Poker Run

IMG_4592The water’s still cold, but boating is heating up on the Emerald Coast. Coming up on May 16th is the 2009 ABWA Billy Bowlegs Poker Run which is a fun way to start the boating season. The ABWA Poker Run requires 5 stops – all in the great Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Niceville areas so it’s easy on the gas tank and fun for the crew. Most of the participants finish off the morning in Destin Harbor and ‘drive-in’ to the evening dinner and party.

We last did the run in 2007 and are planning to do it again this year in our Regal 2760.

For official information visit the ABWA Website

We put together an interactive map of the poker run complete with stops, charts, and more at our sister site

Apr 11

Introducing the Tahina Expedition

TahinaWhile many of us dream of a circumnavigation, Frank and Karen Taylor are turning theirs into reality this summer. Frank, the author of the Google Earth Blog has been planning the trip since their last family adventure – a year-long Caribbean sail in their prior boat PatiCat.

Their new boat is a St Francis 50 Catamaran named ‘Tahina’ built in South Africa and equipped for blue-water sailing. Sarah and I had the pleasure to spend a few days with Frank and Karen on the boat during this spring’s Miami Boat Show and I’m sure boat will serve them well during their trip.

As an active advocate for Google Earth and Destin Sharks’ ‘EarthNC‘ line of Google Earth nautical content, Frank will be keeping an active multimedia blog of his trip at He’s posted a rough draft of his circumnavigation plan below. We wish Frank and Karen the best as they start their journey and hope to meet up with them here-and-there during their trip.

Jul 02

4th of July Fireworks Displays for Fort Walton Beach and Destin

IMG_5589.jpgFort Walton Beach and Destin both put on their over-water fireworks displays on Friday night, July 4th this year. Both shows start at/after 9pm. The Destin display is held in Destin Harbor while the Fort Walton show is held at the Landing just west of Brooks bridge. Both shows can attract a large number of boats, so plan ahead if you’ll be using a public launch ramp and be patient and safe on the water.

Jul 02

Hurlburt Field Sound of Freedom Fireworks Display

fireworks-3.jpgThis weekend presents multiple opportunities for on-water fireworks viewing in the greater Fort Walton Beach and Destin area. Hurlburt Field Air Force Base kicks off the celebrations with their annual ‘Sound of Freedom’ event on Thursday, July 3rd. Fireworks start after 9pm and there is plenty of room for lots of boats to watch. Boaters should exercise caution south of the channel west of Spectre Island as depths can be quite shallow (<4 ft) in many spots.

Jun 23

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Kicks Off Tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 24th, kicks off the 2008 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at San Destin’s Baytowne Marina. This year’s activities include Dockside Party, ‘mini-Gras’, and Fireworks on Tuesday at the Baytowne Marina and Village of Baytowne Wharf, another Party and the Captain’s meeting on Wednesday, Thursday fishing start and boat parade, Friday and Saturday weigh-ins, and final awards ceremony at 11:00am on Sunday.

Nov 27

December Holiday Lighted Boat Parades

SeasonThe Christmas Season is in full swing and the next few weeks will feature multiple Holiday Lighted Boat Parades in Northwest Florida.

The 1st up is the Fort Walton Beach Parade on December 2nd at 6pm at the Landing on Brooks Street.

Next is the San Destin Parade on Saturday the 8th at 6pm. The San Destin Parade is visible from Baytowne Marina and the Village at Baytowne Boardwalk.

Finally, the Destin Harbor Parade will be held on December 9th at 6pm.

Our partner website, has posted a Google Earth Map with more than 50 Parade Locations across the U.S.