LOS ANGELES – Boaters planning for a long-range or nearby cruise, can now turn to an iPad app that will launch the new Boater’s Guide. Cruisers who prefer eBooks will appreciate the guide that is now available through the iTunes App Store.
Released by the California Clean Vessel Education Program, a partnership of The Bay Foundation (TBF) and California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating), the popular guide is now accessible to users in multiple ways.
“We are so excited to bring the Boater’s Guide eBook to fruition as boaters go increasingly digital. The guide continued to be the most complete resource featuring all Southern California harbors in one consistent format and in one handy place,” said Michelle Staffield, TBF Water Quality Program manager. “One special feature is the integration of environmental facilities featured in each harbor. This is beneficial not only to the marine organisms that make the coastal waters their home, but to the residents and visitors who recreate here.”
Users can view embedded videos, expand images and link directly to resources.
The guide provides comprehensive information about each harbor in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego County. Boaters will be able to find out more about each harbor’s unique features, how to procure a guest slip, waste disposal locations and fueling facilities. A detailed map of each harbor is another added feature that boaters will find useful.
Also included in the guide is information on how to enjoy an environmentally friendly boating experience such as sewage management, tops on how to prevent accidental discharge overboard and alternatives to chemical additives.
“The Division of Boating & Waterways is constantly looking to offer boaters the information they want in convenient formats. With the rise of smartphones and tablet uses, the eBook is the ideal way for boaters to have essential information ar all times,” said Kevin Atkinson, CVA Program manager.
The guide is available for free through the iTunes App Store.