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

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.

Oct 16

Monster 844lb Mako Shark Caught in the Destin Fishing Rodeo on Sunday

Nothing like a 844lb Shark to make your day when fishing. This has been a banner year for large sharks along the Emerald Coast. The story has been picked up by the national media.

Quoting the Kansas City Star:

Bruner and his fishing buddies were on a 52-foot charter boat with Capt. Robert Hill, about 70 miles southwest of this beach city in the Florida Panhandle.

The fishermen first noticed the big mako because it kept eating grouper and scamp they had hooked.

“It was like ‘Jaws,’” Hill said.

Hill hooked a two-foot amberine on as bait and tossed it out. The shark eventually hit it.

After the long fight, the shark was gaffed and eventually gave up after its tail was roped. But even then, the men could not get the big shark in the boat. They tied it to the stern with three ropes and made the four-hour trip back to land.

Be sure to link through to the article for more pictures.

May 17

USS Oriskany becomes the Largest Intentional Manmade Reef!

55 gallons of gas = $165.00

Drinks and food for 3 = $25.00

1 Wrench accidently dropped overboard = $5.00

Watching an aircraft carrier sink = Priceless!

Please enjoy our story and when you’re done, check out our Oriskany Videos, and see the full set of pictures at


A Great Way to Spend a Wednesday Morning

It’s a rare day indeed you can run your own boat offshore to watch an aircraft carrier sink. For me, it was the farthest I’d been offshore by about 32 of the 37 mile distance out of Destin Pass. We took the kids to see the Oriskany in Pennsacola last year and thought it’d be quite a treat to see it sunk. At the time, our 20′ boat was up to the task. Since then, we upgraded to our 27′ Regal which was more than adequate for the trip.

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