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NOTMAR, RAMN, LOL Going PDF-only in 2013; Still required on-board

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In a somewhat confusing sign of the times, the Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans has stopped publishing their annual Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR), Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN), and List of Lights (LOL?).  They are now available exclusively as free PDF downloads: NOTMAR hereRAMN here, LOL here. (2013 Editions in early April)

At the same time, the Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations still unambiguously require both publications aboard vessels in Canadian waters.

We don’t often refer to the RAMN these days, but we like to have them aboard to comply with  some racing rules,  vigilant officials, and general prudence. So it seems we’ll be printing off hundreds of pages or keeping PDF copies on our iPads. Would you buy hard copies if we pre-printed them for you?  If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on this issue, we’d love to hear them!

Paper charts and sailing directions continue to be available on-line and in our store.



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