Almost Free’ Cruising Guides

>>> Almost Free’ Cruising Guides

Mark and Diana Doyle, which we’ve mentioned several time for thier great Intracoastal Waterway guides, has announed that they are moving to a low-cost, ad-free model, operating as a non-profit.

This seems a great boon to cruisers, and a great way to get some high quality guides while supporting a good organization. Check them out.

When Mark and I first started our Managing the Waterway guides—now On the Water ChartGuides—we made the decision to keep our publications low-cost and ad-free. We wanted to put cruisers first, and realized it was always going to be a public service project.

Well, we’ve now decided to make it formal! On March 1, 2014, semi-local publications LLC (dba On the Water ChartGuides and formerly Managing the Waterway) ceased commercial operations. Going forward, and operating as a non-profit, our efforts will be to deliver "Almost Free" cruising and anchoring guides to boaters transiting the Intracoastal Waterway between Hampton Roads, Virginia and Biscayne Bay, Florida.

What does this mean for you? It means our goal is now to make our resources available as close to free as possible. As you can imagine, we can’t seem to find a paper manufacturer, printer, or fulfillment house as enthusiastic about supplying free ICW information to boaters as we are. So, in practice, with manufacturing and transaction costs, that puts a paper guide from our website at $9.95 (from $29.95). Future enhanced-digital editions should only be a few dollars.

In addition, we will move toward disseminating safety and educational information about the ICW through electronic media, boating presentations and webinars, and free updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Our new (mobile-compatible!) website, www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.org now reflects these new prices and will contain additional content over time.

Mark and I are very excited about doing this, and we hope the cruising community is as enthusiastic!

Warm regards,

Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, Authors

On The Water Chartguides sale

>>> On The Water Chartguides sale

On The Water Chartguides sale

Mark and Diana Doyle, with thier excellent guides for the Intracoastal Waterway are having a sale.

Mark and I want to thank you for your support this year and have posted two special holiday offers to our website.

Our new AnchorGuides have been very well received. If you haven’t yet picked up a set for yourself, here’s an opportunity to save even more. And if you already purchased a set, thank you again, and here’s a chance to send a set to a friend as a holiday gift.

We can send these anywhere you’d like in the United States, just let us know where they should go!

We’re also extending the November e-charting bundle sale price to give everyone more time to pick up the book and DVD chart set for themselves or a friend.

Through December, the two-volume AnchorGuide bundle has been lowered on our website to $34.95 (42% off) … and the e-charting bundle has been extended at $24.95 (67% off):

www.onthewaterchartguides.com/order

Again, thank you for supporting our small American business and the very best of holidays to you and yours.

Diana

Managing the Waterway – Holiday sale

>>> Managing the Waterway – Holiday sale

Mark and Diana Doyle are authors of the popular cruising guide and electronic charting series, Managing the Waterway. For the holiday’s they are offering a 20% discount "voucher". I’m not related to them in any way… just a happy customer. If you are interested in their products, check out their offer below and head over to their website to order. Offer ends 12/31/2008.

Simply cut-and-paste the following 20% off voucher code on the order page when prompted:

0HOLIDAYS021319

This voucher is good through December 31, 2008 for any purchases (included already discounted "bundles") through our website, www.managingthewaterway.com.

MTW Bundle
Contains our two cruising guides (ICW and Florida Keys), the new Get Onboard With E-Charting book, and a Managing the Waterway: Complete Electronic Chart and Nautical Reference Library (2-DVD Set).
Separate price: $124.80
Online bundle price: $106.09 (15% off)
Holiday price: $84.87 (32% off) (save $39.93 from separate; save additional $21.22 from online bundle)

Cruising Bundle
Contains our two cruising guides (ICW and Florida Keys) and a Managing the Waterway: Complete Electronic Chart and Nautical Reference Library (2-DVD Set).
Separate price: $89.85
Online bundle price: $80.88 (10% off)
Holiday price: $64.70 (28% off) (save $25.15 from separate; save additional $16.18 from online bundle)

E-Charting Bundle
Contains the new Get Onboard with E-Charting book and a Managing the Waterway: Complete Electronic Chart and Nautical Reference Library (2-DVD Set).
Separate price: $74.90
Online bundle price: $67.42 (10% off)
Holiday price: $53.94 (28% off) (save $20.96 from separate; save additional $13.48 from online bundle)

Individual Items
Managing the Waterway: Hampton Roads, VA to Biscayne Bay, FL (ICW)
Online price: $24.95
Holiday price: $19.96 (20% off) (save $4.99 each)

Managing the Waterway: Biscayne Bay, FL to Dry Tortugas, FL (Florida Keys) Online price: $24.95
Holiday price: $19.96 (20% off) (save $4.99 each)

Get Onboard With E-Charting: The Complete Reference Guide to Electronic Charting and PC-Based Marine Navigation
Online price: $34.95
Holiday price: $27.96 (20% off) (save $6.99 each)

Managing the Waterway: Complete Electronic Chart and Nautical Reference Library (2-DVD Set)
Online price: $39.95
Holiday price: $31.96 (20% off) (save $7.99 each)

We can also ship gift items directly, including a small card with a brief note "ghosted" from you. However, because we typically ship same day, be sure to email us the note content immediately to ensure it is included before shipment!

Safe travels to all this cruising season.

Happy Holidays and thank you again for all your support!

Diana and Mark

Navagear

>>> Navagear

Billed as "the gear and gadgets blog for cruisers", this is an interesting looking blog with various reviews and information to help feed your boat bug… especially if you are a "gadget" person who always is looking at the new electronic toys.

Lots of Navagear TV video entries also, if you like the video clip presentations. They also have a phone/PDA display mode if you are surfing on a small form-factor device.

If you have seen their site before but haven’t checked it recently, they have relaunched with a new design.