Happy Thanksgiving and Smooth Sailing

 The 2016-2017 Williams & Heintz Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides can be pre-ordered now for Christmas deliveries  of the chart books.

Happy Thanksgiving and smooth sailing!

Posted by Williams and Heintz Cruising Guide: Nautical Atlas on Monday, November 23, 2015

Summer Sailstice Invite

Celebrate Sailing!

Celebrate Sailing!

Greetings,

You are invited to the 14th annual Summer Sailstice – June 21, 2014.

Saturday, June 21st marks the 14th anniversary of Summer Sailstice, a global holiday celebrating sailing. In 2013, sailors participated by racing, cruising or daysailing from all 50 US states and over 40 countries sailing ‘together’, wherever they were in the world.

Williams & Heintz Map, publisher of the Virginia and Maryland Cruising Guides, is inviting all or our friends customers to sign up at http://www.summersailstice.com then sail by going racing, cruising or recreational sailing on the weekend of June 21st. The Summer Sailstice website allows you to post your sailing plans, publicize your fleet event, invite others or see what other sailors are doing in the area. Participants can host a cruising rendezvous, hold a race or sail however they like for the Sailstice holiday. There’s no better way to start the summer and no better weekend in the Northern Hemisphere to unite with sailors around the world.

By signing up for Summer Sailstice you become eligible can win prizes contributed by Footloose Sailing Charters, West Marine, Hobie, Offshore Sailing, WoodenBoat and many other marine favorites. Prizes include a one-week BVI charter with Footloose, a Hobie Kayak and over 400 other prizes on the site here: http://www.summersailstice.com/prizes

Sailors will also have the opportunity to join sailors committed to preserving the world’s oceans by contributing to a global circumnavigation with Sailors for the Sea.

So please join us and sailors everywhere out on the water on June 21st to “Sail Locally, Celebrate Globally” connecting the whole world sailing in the 14th annual Summer Sailstice!

About Summer Sailstice

Founded in 2001, Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice connecting the global sailing community in a multifaceted and multi-location sailing holiday. Every year, Summer Sailstice unites over 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail. The event has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. In 2013, the celebration grew to almost 4,900 sailboats racing, cruising and day sailing in 50 US states and 40 countries. For more information about Summer Sailstice, please visit http://www.SummerSailstice.com or contact mailto:john@summersailstice.com.

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation is now a Certified NOAA POD Chart Partner

 

Admiral Glang signing the NOAA Print on Demand Agreement Williams & Heintz Map Corporation is now a Certified NOAA POD Chart Partner

Admiral Glang signing the NOAA Print on Demand Agreement
Williams & Heintz Map Corporation is now a Certified NOAA POD Chart Partner

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, a specialist in map printing, production, and folding is pleased to announce that they are now certified to print the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Print-on-Demand Charts, (NOAA POD Charts).

NOAA has authorized Williams & Heintz Map Corporation to sell NOAA’s paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them, or “on demand.” The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase.

Williams & Heintz Map offers the POD charts on two paper types:

  • 24 lb. JCP E-20 High Wet Strength Map Paper, a white paper with a lithographic finish that is made to be used out in the elements. This economical paper is fully functional even when wet.
  • 36 lb. JCP E-50 Chart Paper genuine 50% cotton nautical chart paper, the same kind of paper as the lithographically printed charts that mariners are accustomed to.

 

“If you like the look and feel of the now out-of-print lithographic NOAA charts, this is the paper for you,” said Holly Heintz Budd, President and CEO of Williams & Heintz Map Corporation. “We are excited to be expanding into Print-on-Demand.”

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation has been printing maps for entrepreneurs, government agencies, and map publishers since 1921. They combine industry leading knowledge and customer service with the highest quality pre-press, printing, and folding.

11524 Charleston Harbor

NOAA Chart 11524 Charleston Harbor

Williams and Heintz printed the very first  Cruising Guide beginning in the early 1960’s for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. These nautical chart books of the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Chincoteague Bay, Tidewater Virginia and Maryland. Cruising Guides contain the latest information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps, and channels.

The paper charts sold by the NOAA-certified printing agents meet carriage requirements for ships covered by Safety of Life at Sea regulations, specified in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations. All charts sold by NOAA-certified agents are NOAA charts, and fully meet navigational standards.

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation is a Certified NOAA POD Chart Partner.NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation’s nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation.

For additional information about Williams & Heintz Map POD Charts, please visit http://whmap.com/noaa-pod-charts/

Nautical Charts for Your Mobile Device

How would you like your nautical chart book on your phone or tablet? This year, in addition to the durable, Wet Strength paper atlas, Williams & Heintz Map Corp is offering the complete 2014-2015 Maryland Cruising Guide and Virginia Cruising Guide in App form.

Included in your purchase of the new printed chart book, is a digital download of each individual chart. Now you can have the Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone too. The digital charts for your phone or tablet are free with the purchase of the Virginia or Maryland cruising Guides.  You can also purchase individual charts separately.

The App is not replacing printed products; it complements the printed charts. The app has functionality for locating (via GPS), measuring, plotting points, importing and exporting points.  This spatially referenced map shows exactly where you are. And with the paper chart, you know where you’re going.

It’s easy:

First, install Avenza’s FREE PDF Maps App, available from I-Tunes or Google Play.

Second, scan the QR code that corresponds to the chart you wish to download.  You can use the codes for the free charts that come in the new 2014-2015 Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides, or purchase the individual charts by scanning the code below.

The Virginia and Maryland Cruising Guides are nautical Chart books to navigate the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Chincoteague Bay, Tidewater Virginia and Maryland.
Our Cruising Guides contain the latest information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps, and channels.
We compile navigation information from the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sources.
The chart books are red-light readable and include a planning chart, tidal currents, course headings, towing services, and a marina index.
We use a special Wet Strength paper. This paper is fully functional even when wet.
Each chart book is enclosed in a heavy-duty vinyl sleeve to protect it from spray.
Personalized custom charts are available on wet strength paper, and in large print.
Family owned and operated since 1921, Williams & Heintz Map is a local manufacturer, with four generations of boating knowledge and experience.
We update and republish every 2 years for the most up-to-date navigation chart books of Maryland and Virginia!

Williams & Heintz 2014 Boat Shows

The express cruiser running the Ocean City inlet is returning from a fishing tournament in Ocean City, where they hold many Atlantic fishing tournaments for tuna, marlin, and shark.  [Photo by Don Wagner]

The express cruiser running the Ocean City inlet is returning from a fishing tournament in Ocean City, where they hold many Atlantic fishing tournaments for tuna, marlin, and shark.
[Photo by Don Wagner]

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. will be at the local boat shows again this year with the brand new chart books, the 2014-2015 Virginia and Maryland Cruising Guides!

Baltimore Boat Show
1/23/2014 to 1/26/2014
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

National Capital Boat Show
3/7/2014 to 3/9/2014
Chantilly Convention Center
Chantilly, VA

US Power Squadron district 5
3/28/2014 to 3/30/2014
Princess Royale
Ocean City, MD

Bay Bridge Boat Show
4/11/2014 to 4/13/2014
Bay Bridge Marina
Stevensville, MD

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show and Cruiser’s University
4/25/2014 to 4/27/2014
Annapolis, MD

Chesapeake Day
Maryland Yacht Club
first weekend in June
Pasadena, MD

Annapolis Sailboat Show
10/9/2014 to 10/13/2014
Annapolis, MD

Annapolis Power Boat Show
10/16/2014 to 10/19/2014
Annapolis, MD

Williams & Heintz 2014-2015 Cruising Guides

Our talented map artists and experienced cartographic technicians are busy elves preparing your new chart book just in time for the holidays.

New this year, the Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides will include links to get each nautical chart downloaded to your iOS and Andriod devices. For those who do not purchase a Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guide, individual charts will also be available for purchase as an App. Read more about the App here.

Updating the 2014 - 2015 Virginia Cruising Guide. We include changes to information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps, and channels.We compile navigation information from NOAA.

Updating the 2014 – 2015 Virginia Cruising Guide. We include changes to information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps, and channels.We compile navigation information from NOAA.

We update and republish every 2 years for the most up-to-date navigation chart books of Maryland and Virginia! We make hundreds of changes to information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps, and channels. We compile navigation information from the latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sources.

The Updated Maryland Cruising Guide, proofed and ready to print with Genuine Offset Lithography!

The Updated Maryland Cruising Guide, proofed and ready to print with Genuine Offset Lithography!

What to do with your outdated Virginia and Maryland Cruising Guide?

I’m using mine to make decorations for my tree at the Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees, a community event to usher in the beginning of the holiday season. All proceeds from Festival of Trees benefit Calvert Hospice in caring for patients and their families and the bereaved from around Calvert County.

Please join me. There will be decorated trees, vendors, a beautiful poinsettia display, entertainment, model trains, Gingerbread House competition.  See Santa and have some creative fun at Santa’s Workshop.

~Holly

Thanksgiving Weekend
November 29, 30 & December 1
St. John Vianney Family Life Center
105 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD
Christmas Decorations Made from Nautical Charts

Christmas Decorations Made from Nautical Charts

Red Light Readable Indelible Ink

When we were kids, my brothers used to talk about writing important things down in indelible ink.  Of course back then I thought they were saying, “in double ink”, which sounded just as important, if you ask me.

You could say our ink is indelible. By definition, indelible is described as ink that cannot be erased or washed away.

This is a handy feature in a chart book. Water won’t rinse our ink off. Beverages don’t make it run.  Sunscreen lotion or motor fuel wont smear the ink like on plastic charts.  No need to carry around a grease pen, which always ends up on your clothes. You can write notes on our chart book pages with a pencil and then erase it without the ink underneath disappearing.

Speaking of disappearing, do you remember the secret codes that would only show up when you looked through red lenses? Ok so maybe I was the only weird kid, but what I’m talking about is this:  It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the dark again after turning on a bright light.  Often airplane pilots and careful boaters will want to check their charts at night but don’t want to diminish their night vision by turning on reading lamps or flashlights. To get around this, a red navigation light is used to illuminate the cockpit. Regular red ink will “disappear”, but if a hint of blue is added to the ink during printing, it looks red-ish purple by day, and is visible under the navigation lights at night. This ink is referred to as aero-magenta, or what we call “red light readable ink”

~Robin Heintz

Maryland Cruising Guide Chart 15, Potomac River (St. George Island to Breton Bay) in the Daylight

Maryland Cruising Guide Chart 15, Potomac River (St. George Island to Breton Bay) in the daylight.

Maryland Cruising Guide Chart 15, Potomac River (St. George Island to Breton Bay) is red light readable.

Maryland Cruising Guide Chart 15, Potomac River (St. George Island to Breton Bay) is red light readable.

 

 

 

A Paper Chart That Can Handle Extremely Wet Conditions

Did you ever go to check on your boat and notice the sump pump wasn’t plugged in? A few inches of water covering the floor and the papers you left out were in an unrecognizable stack of mush?
Our chart books, the Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides, are made with a special type of paper called “Wet Strength” allowing it to be fully functional, even when wet.
My sister and I were told of this special wet strength ability, but felt the need to test its splash and soak capabilities for ourselves.First we submerged just a few pages in water. It took a while just to absorb water.
Williams & Heintz Cruising Guide printed on Wet Strength paper

Williams & Heintz Cruising Guide printed on Wet Strength paper

Impressed with that, we set the entire chart book into a bucket of water with half the book sticking out. It got wet, but even after 72 hours, moisture never wicked up beyond the waterline, leaving the upper half dry. We also discovered that we can write on our chart paper with an ordinary ball point pen even when the pages are wet!

Maryland Cruising Guide Printed on Wet Strength paper

Maryland Cruising Guide Printed on Wet Strength paper

While attending boat shows, I began folding our old charts into little boats.  At each show I place one little paper boat into a shallow bowl of water. The rest I hand out as samples of our paper, encouraging people get their samples wet.

6 months under water and the nautical chart looks great!

6 months under water and the nautical chart looks great!

Last fall I put one of our chart paper boats into a little bottle filled with water. My own ship in a bottle.  It has now been in the water for 6 months and still, the ink doesn’t run and the paper doesn’t fall apart!

 

Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides come with protective vinyl sleeve

Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides come with protective vinyl sleeve

We’re always looking for ways to improve  our chart books with each printing. One of our most recent upgrades was to triple the thickness of the laminate on the cover, making them sturdier than ever, but don’t worry, each book still comes in our USA made protective vinyl sleeve.

 

 

Paper Charts, Electronic Devices, or Both?

Electronic devices are not replacing printed products, but  they complement each other, and make each more effective. Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides are available online, at  boat shows, and at your local marinas and boating stores.

Electronic devices are not replacing printed products, but they complement each other, and make each more effective. Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides are available online, at boat shows, and at your local marinas and boating stores.

Robin goes to boat shows to sell our Williams & Heintz Cruising Guides, and custom charts of Maryland and Virginia waterways.  Last year when she was in Richmond, her booth was right next to a vendor of electronic navigation equipment.  At the end of the show, he bought a case of chart books, to give to his customers, who purchase expensive electronic navigation systems for their boats.   He wants them to have them for planning and as a backup.

Just goes to show that electronic devices are not replacing printed products, but  they complement each other, and make each more effective.

Robin will be at Chesapeake Day at the Maryland Yacht Club this weekend, June 1st and 2nd, 2013. Pick up a copy!

Originally published on MapPrinter.

Custom Williams & Heintz Nautical Charts Now Available on Wet Strength Paper, and in Large Print.

Individual charts are available for print on demand, on wet strength paper, and in large print.

Personalized Custom Williams & Heintz Nautical Charts are available on wet strength paper, and in large print.

People like our chart books of the navigable waters, of Maryland and Virginia.  They’re pleased with the detail,  the ease of use, and they’re always impressed with the Wet-Strength paper we print on.

The biggest lament I hear, is that some boaters don’t really need all 20-26 charts in the book.  They just do day trips.  They only want a certain area.  They have a kayak, or a twelve foot fishing boat, or they just want one of their area, showing their river, their dock, their marina.

Boaters really like the idea of getting an individual, favorite chart enlarged 200% because of aging eyes.  They’re psyched at our ability to take the upper East part of one chart and the lower West part of another chart and seamlessly join them together into a beautiful custom chart, exactly to their specifications.

Next, for the other options:

I pepper them with questions, “Do you want large print on Wet Strength, or would you prefer lamination?  How about a second one for a small fraction more?  Do you want your chart personalized with an arrow pointing to your place using your own logo?”

As the customer and I plot out their exact chart area and decide on a size, they marvel at the reasonable price and free shipping.

Yours,

Robin Heintz

Ask me about our Custom Nautical Charts!
Your favorite area designed to order, printed
on Wet Strength or glossy.
Pricing:
1stcopy $13/square foot
Additional copies $2/square foot
Extras:
Laminated for $2/square foot
One time logo fee for $25