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Of Special Interest to DBBC boaters…

  • The 2014 edition of U.S. Coast Pilot 6 (Great Lakes) and U.S. Light List VII (Great Lakes) are now available for download in the Nautical Resources article in the Boating section of the website.

Duncan Bay Boat Club

Located conveniently within the Straits of Mackinac, Duncan Bay Boat Club is 2 miles east of Cheboygan. The marina is on the west shore of the bay. Built inland, the marina provides a safe and quiet harbor in all winds. Although Duncan Bay Boat Club is a private marina, transient and seasonal dockage are available. The east side of the bay is state park land. Duncan Bay is only 14 miles from Mackinac Island, 22 miles from Les Cheneaux Islands, and just 34 miles from the North Channel. The Inland Waterway begins just west of the bay and offers passage through a beautiful chain of lakes by way of the Cheboygan River through the Cheboygan Locks.

During Michigan's White Pine logging era, the current marina site was a logging community of 500 people know as Duncan. The natural harbor allowed the lake's freighters to easily supply the community and haul away wood used to build the mid-west.

NOAA announces end of traditional paper nautical charts

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, today announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print on demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems.

Since 1862, those lithographic nautical charts -- available in marine shops and other stores -- have been printed by the U.S. government and sold to the public by commercial vendors. The decision to stop production is based on several factors, including the declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts, and federal budget realities.

NOAA will continue to create and maintain other forms of nautical charts, including the increasingly popular Print on Demand (POD) charts, updated paper charts available from NOAA-certified printers. NOAA electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC®) and raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®), used in a variety of electronic charting systems, are also updated weekly and are available for free download from the Coast Survey website. NOAA will also announce a new product full-scale PDF (Portable Digital Format) nautical charts, available for free download on a trial basis online.

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