Posted by Claiborne | Posted on 10-11-2012
Once again, the strategic partnership between the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net and Survice Engineering’s ARGUS Project, is yielding BIG dividends!
We are very pleased to announce that, effective immediately, the latest “solution set” from the ARGUS Project is now LIVE on the Cruisers’ Net’s “Chart View” pages. As always, this superb data is being made available to the cruising community at NO CHARGE. You don’t have to buy anything, join any organization, nor even provide a user name or a password! How’s that for an “offer you can’t refuse!”
What this means is that, right now, as we near the height of the Fall, 2012 cruising season, not only do SSECN users have the very latest ARGUS AICW sounding data available, BUT the various ARGUS cooperating research vessels have begun to provide significant sounding data for anchorages and marinas OFF the Waterway. As time goes forward, this off-the-AICW data will grow, and become of even greater navigational significance to the cruising community!
Let me show you some examples, and these will also serve to instruct those users who have not yet made use of our ARGUS layer!
First. let’s look at the AICW as it passes through Jacksonville Beach, in northeastern Florida. Follow this link:
After this page loads, first find the “ARGUS (MLLW)” check box just above the chart image, in the second (moving left to right) vertical row of check boxes. Click in the “ARGUS (MLLW)” checkbox, and the ARGUS legend will appear, as well as the color coded sounding circles, indicating MLW adjusted depths gathered by the ARGUS research craft.
Notice the channel, north of the McCormick bridge, cutting into the westerly banks, and leading to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Palm Cove Marina. Similarly, identify the eastward running cut, immediately north of the bridge providing access to Beach Marine. See how this new ARGUS data gives you good depth indications for both of these facilities.
Now, let’s see how this same process works for the Pine Island Loop anchorage, hard by the path of the AICW, between Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine. Please go to:
Once again, click the “ARGUS (MLLW)” checkbox to activate the ARGUS layer. Then, notice there are two entrances into this anchorage. We have always recommended the southerly passage. Check out how the ARGUS research vessel almost got into trouble while checking out the northern entrance.
And, there are many, many more examples. Pan north or south, or go to the red, vertically stacked menus on the upper right side of this, and all other (except Chart View) SSECN pages, select the coastline of your choice, and then click on ” . . . Chart View” (“NC Chart View” for example). You can then select a port of call, open that Chart View page, click/turn-on the ARGUS layer, and pan north, south, east or west. What could be better?
We hope the cruising community will make maximum use of the ARGUS data displayed on the Cruisers’ Net, programmed by our strategic partner, EarthNC, and provided at no charge to cruisers courtesy of Survice Engineering. It’s a winning combination!