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TrawlerFest Bahamas Prep Seminar Moved Up a Day


We have rescheduled a seminar by Monty and Sara Lewis of Explorer Charts called Cruising the Bahamas: Planning and Preparation, shifting it from Friday to Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Their talk will cover what sailors or power cruisers need to know to be self-reliant.

This two-hour seminar is not to be confused with Bahamas and Beyond, an all day TrawlerFest University course scheduled for Wednesday. The Lewises are the lead speakers in this event as well but there are other presenters joining them.

Bear with us on this until we can fix it, but if you click on the button below and follow the links you will still see the Bahamas: Planning and Preparation seminar listed on Friday. Please feel free to purchase tickets, but the seminar is actually happening on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Baltimore Marine Centers at HarborView.

For the past 20 years, Monty and Sara Lewis have been supplying fellow cruisers with essential intelligence about the Bahamas gathered aboard their 1978 Mainship 34 Saranade.

Read "Mom and Pop Mapping: Retired Couple Creates Essential Bahamas Guide."

The Lewises publish three tabloid-size books with Bahamas charts and essential guide information for sailors and trawler people. Along the way, the books became so successful (with nearly 100,000 sold to date) that Jeppessen incorporated the Lewis soundings data into its C-Map electronic charts and has licensed that data for PC charting software by MaxSea and Nobeltec. Garmin, too, bought in to Explorer data for its electronic charts.

In fact, among the big players only Navionics does not use Explorer material and, for a time, was conducting its own surveys so it too could offer electronic charts based on something other than decades-old information.

Monty Lewis, a retired Maryland State Police sergeant, says he and Sara began their chart work in 1994 with the Exuma Cays. Until then cruisers were making the annual trek to George Town on Great Exuma with charts that had not been updated in decades, even centuries.

EXPLORER CHARTS (Click here to learn more about the Lewises and Explorer Charts)