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Boaters Can Con­tribute Car­tog­ra­phy And De­bris/Wreck Lo­ca­tions

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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.

Quoth Wikipedia:

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.

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