Those of you who are regular readers, or know me personally, are well aware of my passion for sailing. I’m leaving later this week for a week-long sailing holiday on a catamaran in the US and British Virgin Islands. I will have limited access to the Internet, so you can expect there will be fewer GE news-related posts on this blog during the week I’m gone. I will have some scheduled posts to keep some activity going on the blog.
Of course, part of this trip is for business! 🙂 Seriously, I’m taking Google Earth with me and plan to review some related technologies. Here are my GE-related plans:
- Chart Plotting with Google Earth – I plan to use EarthNC’s nautical charts on a laptop. My handheld GPS will be hooked up with Goops (a tool for linking your GPS to Google Earth). With this combination, I will be one of the first people to use Google Earth as a marine navigational chart plotting. Of course, I will be careful to not rely on these new tools as my only means of navigation! I know the Virgin Island waters pretty well, and will also have other charts.
- Geotagged Photos – Post a selection of Geotagged photos to show you after I get back. Hopefully a few will be underwater shots – see some examples of other underwater photos I’ve taken.
- GPS track – A GPS track of our sailing and anchorages
- Review – Post a review of my experiences with the software tools, and the trip itself after I get back.
- KML file – And, publish a KML file documenting the trip afterwards.
Please don’t feel too bad for all my hard work. I’m sure I’ll get a few minutes of enjoyment while I’m there. 🙂
By the way, I will be chartering the catamaran from Voyage Charters who have a base at Soper’s Hole, on the west end of Tortola, BVIs. I chartered from them in 2001, and had a very positive experience. They use catamarans made by Voyage Yachts based in South Africa. In 2002-4 we sailed a Voyage 440 called PatiCat mostly in the Caribbean and Bahamas. You can learn about, and see details, on our travels in a Google Earth file (read more here).