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Marinas Guide Relaunched – Now Compatible With Mobile Devices

August 26, 2014 Technology No Comments Email Email

The Marinas Guide, the only definitive guide to Australian marinas, has been totally revamped and relaunched in August 2014. Now compatible with smartphones and tablets in a user friendly mobile format, the Marinas Guide has been around since 2008.

It’s since become the ultimate guide to marinas as there is no other single resource that collates every single berthing solution in Australia. Boat owners seeking berth information have access to over 350 solutions, whether marina, swing mooring, boatshed, dry stack or safe harbour. Slipways and haulout facilities are also included to help boat owners plan vessel maintenance.http://www.itehcmc.com/

Attracting over 10,000 users each month, the Marinas Guide is the first port of call for boat owners. Whether long-term Australian-based cruisers, global travellers circumnavigating the globe or weekend sailors venturing beyond local waterways, the Marinas Guide helps boat owners find safe and convenient refuge.

The Marinas Guide was developed and created by blue-water sailor and travel writer Fiona Harper during an extended Australian coastal cruise. Planning coastal passages she became frustrated at the lack of marina information available. Realising that there was no single resource to find essential information required to safely plan coastal voyages, she created the Marinas Guide.

“Planning coastal passages along the Australian coast while living aboard my yacht, I discovered that marina information was not readily available. Cruising guide books provided some information, but not all of it. Being in printed book format, things like phone numbers or other vital information were often out of date,” says Fiona Harper, Managing Editor of the Marinas Guide.

“State based boating organisation directories only included marinas in their particular state so cruisers moving between NSW and QLD (part of Australia’s most popular cruising route) were left frustrated. Word of mouth advice amongst cruisers was invaluable, but also unreliable. There was a real need for an accurate, definitive marina guide,” says Fiona.

“I launched the original Marinas Guide back in 2008, which in web development terms is equivalent to the dinosaur era!” she says. “It’s taken 12 months to redevelop and re-launch the Guide into a mobile friendly format but I think it’s been worth the wait.”

The Marinas Guide includes details on over 350 berth options in Australian waters. With the South Pacific being one of the world’s great cruising grounds, plans are underway to roll out coverage of marinas in the Asia Pacific region. Google map technology is utilised to enable boat owners to gain an aerial view of marina layouts. Using the Guide in conjunction with marine charts takes away much of the uncertainty of entering unfamiliar waters. Plus there is the ability to phone ahead directly from the mobile app, alerting marina staff of a vessels imminent arrival. Details for obtaining fuel in remote locations such as the Kimberley are also included.

The Marinas Guide is not just for cruising boat owners on extended voyages. With marina berths in high demand, particularly in inner city locations, it’s often difficult for boat owners to secure long-term berth solutions. A dedicated Berths For Sale/Lease section aims to connect individual and corporate berth owners with boat owners.

The Marinas Guide is totally independent, working closely with marine industry organisations, marina operators and boat owners to ensure it is constantly updated and accurate. Created by boat owners for boat owners, the Marinas Guide can be found at www.marinasguide.com.au.

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