Ahoy, Captain! Plastics off the Starboard Bow!

Larry De Ridder Education

What resides in the oceans and grows an estimated 8.8 million tons per year? The answer is discarded plastic. Some of this debris washes back onto the world’s beaches and the rest heads offshore. Much of the debris ends up …

Lessons from the Drought

Larry De Ridder Weather

We’re finally coming out of a seemingly endless winter. The drought appears to be over. But, have we learned any lessons when it comes to our fresh water demands? As we’re all aware, Governor Brown and various Southern California water …

Reading Nautical Charts II

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In our February 2016 issue we began a discussion on how to get the most out of your charts and chart-plotters. If you missed that article it can be accessed here. To continue the discussion, it’s important to realize that …

Reading Nautical Charts

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By Larry De Ridder We’ve received a couple of requests recently for information to help boaters interpret what their charts display. So, here goes. First off, there are four different types of charts, classed primarily by the area size they …