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.

Sep 13

New Boating Maps and Guides at EarthNC.com

Our partner website EarthNC.com has been scouring the web for user-generated Google My Maps of interest to boaters. They’ve started posting their finds in their ‘Featured Maps‘ section. Even better, with EarthNC’s new TakItWithMe My Maps Embedding Tool you can paste any My Map on your own website with easy links to Google Earth, a large map, and even download to GPS in some cases (see our example below). Continue reading

May 10

Cruising the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway – Fort Walton Beach to Pensacola

Last weekend, we got a chance to make our 1st ‘distance’ overnight trip of the 2007 boating season in our Regal 2760 ‘Southern Comfort’. South winds made for calm water in the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway as we cruised west to Little Sabine Bay in Pensacola Beach. Our boating weekend would include camping out with friends Travis and John and their family members Friday night, followed by a beach-side church shrimp boil on Saturday.
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Dec 26

Merry Christmas! – Now over 350 Marine Charts for Google Earth in the EarthNC Beta

dsi.pngComplete Harbor Charts for the Lower 48!

Since announcing the public beta of our ‘EarthNC’ marine charts for Google Earth last week, we’ve been releasing additional charts as they exit our conversion process. Our largest release to date occurred yesterday with over 100 new charts posted. With this release, all NOAA ‘Harbor’ (level 5) charts are now available for the lower 48 states, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. We are working the level 5 charts for Alaska at present and then will shift work to convert the remaining Approach and Coastal Charts. Following this, we’ll finish the map set with the Army Corps Inland ENC (IENC) charts.

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Dec 22

EarthNC Marine Charts for Google Earth – Now Offering over 200 Charts!

EarthNC Marine Charts for Google Earth - Approach to Mobile Bay Screen ShotMarine Charts as You’ve Never Seen them Before!

Since announcing the public beta of our ‘EarthNC’ marine charts for Google Earth earlier this week, we’ve been hard at work. The beta now features over 200 charts for the US including complete ‘Overview’ and ‘General’ level charts for the Pacific, Alaska, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and East Coast. Harbor charts now cover Florida, Hawaii, New York, Alabama, Louisiana, Washington State, California, the US Virgin Islands, Puero Rico, and more.

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Dec 18

EarthNC Marine Charts for Google Earth – Join the Beta

EarthNC Marine Charts for Google Earth - Chart Index Screen ShotMarine Charts as You’ve Never Seen them Before!

Google Earth meets the sea with EarthNC™ Marine Charts exclusively from DestinSharks.com. We’ve been hard at work for over 6 months to provide an ‘Earth’ alternative for NOAA ENC® vector charts covering US coastal waters. Continue reading

Sep 23

Navarre Beach Launch Ramp – One of the Largest Public Facilities in the Destin Area

The Navarre Beach launch ramp is located on the south end of the Navarre Beach bridge about 15 miles west of downtown Fort Walton Beach. This launch facility was built by Santa Rosa county and was significantly improved after hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. Featuring 3 launch lanes and parking for over 100 trailers and tow vehicles, it easily the largest in the area. Continue reading

Sep 16

Undwater Dive Video of Old Destin Bridge on YouTube

YouTube user “DestinDiver” posted a short video of a dive on one of the Destin offshore rubble piltes. DestinDiver reports this was the old Destin Bridge rubble. Based on our Google Earth divesites map, the bridge rubble is located at 30.34717N, 86.49483W in roughly 70 feet of water which contradicts the claim of being 7 miles offshore. It is possible this is actually the “Okaloosa Pier Rubble” located at 30.32642N, 86.60323W which is 7 miles outside of the pass and would look similar. In either case, it’s a nice video of our green waters.
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Aug 26

Death after Oriskany Dive not Diving Related

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Chester “Chet” Robinson who suffered cardiac arrest shortly after reboarding his boat following a dive on the USS Oriskany last Saturday. The general consensus is that his passing was not directly related to the dive itself, but stemmed from pre-existing heart conditions. I happened to be monitoring channel 16 on our Regal during a break from photographing the Emerald Coast Poker Run and heard the land side of the Coast Guard response. Hearing the exchange made me think about handling on-water medical emergencies – especially one that might incapacitate the primary “captain”.
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Aug 06

Unofficial Ft Walton Regal Gathering

Today was the annual Navarre Beach Yacht Club Spectre Island Shrimp Boil. This event always draws a big crowd and we likely had the single largest “gathering” of Regal boats in our area today.

We arrived 1st yesterday evening with our Regal 2760 followed shortly thereafter by Larry and Violet in their nice 3560. Saturday morning saw the arrival of Roger and Teri in their recently aquired 2860 and finaly Greg in his 3860. All told, not a bad showing of Regals amongst the crowd of hungry boaters.

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