Racing sailor, philanthropist, visionary — Frank Batten Sr. saw a need for 24-hour weather coverage
Frank Batten Sr. — a visionary and avid sailboat racer who built a media empire, pioneered cable television, and launched The Weather Channel while hewing to an ethic of exemplary business standards, community service and philanthropy — died in September in Norfolk, Va., after a long illness. He was 82.
In one case, an allegedly intoxicated skipper was unaware he had lost a passenger overboard
What was it about August and alcohol on the Chesapeake Bay this summer? The Maryland Natural Resources Police had some busy times during the “dog days,” rescuing boaters from themselves. Here’s a sampling from the Maryland NRP blotter. The bottom line is this: Alcohol plays a role in many boating accidents, so use prudence anytime you’re on the water.
Navigation in the fourth dimension
DIMENSION: The “fourth dimension” of C-MAP’s new 4-D electronic charting software is time, as the software will be updated two or three times a year, more than any other navigation software, according to Jeppesen Marine. The system incorporates three-dimensional charts that can be overlayed on high-resolution aerial photography, and an “easy routing” feature automatically charts the shortest route between two points while working around hazards. The North American introduction of the 4-D software will be Oct. 29 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, when pricing will be announced.
Greg Group has been a marine surveyor for 30 years.
His Mentor, Ohio-based Great Lakes Marine Surveyors Co. Inc. completes 250 surveys a year (www.greatlakesmarine.com).
Here are his tips on how to avoid having to use a firearm and how to use one if you have to
John Price has thought a lot about how to defend himself while cruising. A retired colonel and chaplain in the Army National Guard, the Houston resident has been an Episcopal priest for 44 years, is now a chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and has cruised for much of his adult life.
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