NEWS & NOTES
Boaters Can Contribute Cartography And Debris/Wreck Locations
Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating market, is partnering with fellow industry leaders and the South Florida boating community to remap marine and inland waterways affected by Hurricane Irma.
When the hurricane passed through the area on September 10, 2017, hundreds of boats were sunk, docks wrecked, and shorelines and bottom contours changed.
By working together, the remapping initiative will improve boater safety in these areas. The month-long event is set to kick off January 19, 2018. Individuals wishing to participate are invited to record their sonar logs and upload data to Navionics, as well as to add marine debris locations throughout South Florida.
Recording and uploading sonar logs to Navionics can be easily done from any boat, because Navionics accepts sonar data from all major plotter/sonar brands. Boaters can record sonar logs on their plotter, then send them to Navionics via WiFi or upload the logs from the plotter card using a computer.
Depth data can also be shared through the SonarChart Live feature which creates maps in real time. The depth data will be processed and made available as an updated SonarChart 1 ft HD bathymetry map.
Participants are also encouraged to mark debris areas using the Community Edits tool of the Navionics Boating app, allowing mariners to be aware of potential hazards. Navionics will share the debris locations with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who will then have it physically removed.
Navionics Nautical Chart will also be updated to include coastline corrections, Notices to Mariners, and the integration of future NOAA Chart editions when issued. The new content will be available as daily updates, easy to download for plotter and mobile, and directly visible on the Navionics website for anyone to see.
Participants who send in sonar logs of the affected area by February 20, 2018, will receive one year of daily updates for their plotter card ($99 value), which includes access to all local chart updates resulting from this event. They will also be entered into a drawing for a variety of boating-related giveaways, generously donated by many of the event partners.
Partnering with Navionics in this effort are Costa Del Mar, The Florida Keys and Key West tourism council, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Hawks Cay Resort, Hell’s Bay Boatworks, the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, Okuma, Power Pole, Sea Tow, West
Marine, Yamaha, Yeti Coolers, and YoZuri.
Starting January 4, 2018, complete event information, sonar logging and uploading instructions, and official rules will be available on the Navionics website at www.navionics.com/RemapSouthFlorida, and at participating West Marine locations in South Florida.— Swanson
EVERETT A. PEARSON, PIONEER, DIES AT 84
Pearson was the co-founder of Pearson Yachts, the first company to build production fiberglass boats, earning him the title “grandfather of fiberglass production.” In 1968, he continued his boatbuilding and fiberglass work with the start of Tillotson-Pearson Inc. (TPI). TPI built wind blades, all-composite bus bodies, test track vehicles for Disney Imagineering, the branches on the Animal Kingdom Tree of Life, numerous other products, and the most well-known, J Boats.
It was the widespread adoption of fiberglass as pioneered by Pearson that made recreational boating affordable to the World War II generation and their children.
In 1955, cousins Clinton and Everett Pearson began building fiberglass dinghies in their garage on County Street in Seekonk, Mass. The fiberglass material and their methods of construction was brand new and untested. However, Tom Potter from American Boat Building approached the Pearsons with a project to build an auxiliary sailboat that would sell for under $10,000. Naval architect Carl Alberg was given the task of designing the boat. The result was the Triton 28 sailing auxiliary. The first boat was built in the cousins’ garage, in time for the 1959 New York Boat Show.
In 1959, the Triton 28 was launched at the New York Boat Show. The cousins had to borrow money to pay for the transport of the boat from their garage to the show. The boat proved to be a hit, and the cousins had deposits for 17 orders by the end of the show. To raise the capital to acquire facilities to meet the demand, the cousins made Pearson Yachts
public in April 1959. Upon returning to Rhode Island, the demand for the Triton 28 remained so strong that the cousins purchased the old Herreshoff Yard to expand their production site. Pearson Yachts introduced a number of new models, most of which were also designed by Carl Alberg. By the end of the year, the newly founded Pearson Yachts had over one hundred employees and was turning out nearly one boat per day.
An avid sailor, Pearson competed in local yacht club and ocean racing, and was a member of the New York Yacht Club. He also enjoyed tennis and in later years playing golf at Wildcat Run Golf and Country Club in Estero, Florida.
Pearson passed away on December 24, 2017, in the Hope Hospice Center in Providence. He was the husband of Virginia Bourne Pearson, to whom he had been married for 62 years.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Peter S. and Elin M. (Larson) Pearson. Everett was a graduate of Pawtucket East High School, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1955 from Brown University, where he was captain of the football team and later a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Mark E. Pearson and his wife, Tracy, of Warren, Rhode Island, Suzanne P. Vaughan and her husband, Daniel, of Plymouth, MA, and Sandra L. Marston and her husband, Thomas, of S. Bethlehem, New York; eight grandchildren (Kelly, Hannah, Nicholas, Amanda, Peter, Ellen, Emily and Everett), and many nieces and nephews.— Swanson
FUNDAMENTALS OF SEAMANSHIP: NAVIGATIONAL RULES
There may be markers, but there are no marked lanes on the waterways, yet there is still a right and wrong place for you to be when you encounter other boats. While there is no license for recreational boaters, we are still morally and legally responsible for understanding the rules that define the right and wrong of boating.
PassageMaker’s Seamanship contributor, Robert Reeder, teaches Navigation Rules in our new Fundamentals of Seamanship course. Robert reviews each rule in detail, citing both inland and international distinctions, while discussing the safe operation of both recreational and commercial vessels in all waters.
This course provides you with the knowledge and knowhow to operate your boat safely in any boating interaction, in accordance with international and U.S. laws. Sign up at www.boatersuniversity.com and use coupon code PASSAGEMAKER for $50 off the course.
The Pearson Triton 28 debuted at the New York Boatshow in 1959 where Pearson Yachts sold 17 fiberglass Tritons.