Sailing Away — Embrace The Adventure With C-MAP Charts
Technology Opens Doors to Greater Adventures
Marshall Peabody will have owned his Roughwater 33 Tenacity for 33 years come this October (and has lived aboard for the past five years). The two have seen some amazing adventures together, sailing for months at a time north deep into British Columbia or south to remote waters of Baja California. It was only about seven or eight years ago, however, that he made technology part of his cruising plan, first with a C-MAP compatible chart plotter and then using Rosepoint navigation software supported by C-MAP cartography.
A greater understanding and level of comfort with electronic navigation has helped Peabody make the most of his life spent on the water. “Every summer I would take longer and longer trips,” says Peabody. During Summer 2015, Peabody will sail from the Pacific Northwest to San Diego before joining up with 200 other boats in the Baja HaHa Cruising Rally to Cabo San Lucas.
He’s found the easily accessible information (like tides, marina facilities, harbor information, restricted areas, shipping lanes, etc.) to be just as important as the electronic charts themselves. “The tidal rapids in the Northwest are serious business. We motor a lot, and we need to be as efficient as possible to make time and conserve fuel.” This information can also help keep you safe. “Last summer, we were sailing from Neah Bay to San Francisco when we had to bring in a critically seasick person for medical attention. We set a course for Grey’s Harbor in Garibaldi, knowing we’d all have to cross the bar. Our navigation software and charts made it easy to plot the best course and speed to arrive there at the ideal time for a safe crossing, just as it was turning to flood tide.”
“There are a billion things to worry about when you’re cruising long distances. Electronic charting technology takes the navigation worry out of it, alleviating stress and anxiety about the unknown.”
His PC navigation software and C-MAP charts play a big role in his voyage planning, as well. “When you’re cruising, there’s a lot of planning. Where can I get to tomorrow? If I can make 50 miles in a day, what’s there for me?” Peabody uses his technology to figure these critical things out. “Of course, planning goes out the window once the trip starts,” he jokes. “This is where the information built into the C-MAP charts, and the ability to use ActiveCaptain to access intelligence from other sailors, is priceless.”