United States Power Squadrons and OceanGrafix Join Forces to Promote Safe Boating

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OceanGrafix and the USPS to Work Jointly to Promote Safe Sailing

This agreement helps us reach out to 45,000 members of the USPS with our message about the importance of accurate paper charts

OceanGrafix, the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand nautical charts, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) to encourage boating safety. Under the agreement, OceanGrafix will work with the USPS, a nonprofit corporation devoted to recreational boating safety, education and enjoyment, to promote safe boating practices within the recreational boating community.

"This agreement helps us reach out to 45,000 members of the USPS with our message about the importance of accurate paper charts," explains OceanGrafix President Dave DeGree. "Many of today's boaters rely on outdated litho charts or exclusively on electronics--and neither is a good option. Boaters remain unaware of how frequently cartographic data changes and how dramatically those changes can impact the accuracy of their navigational tools."

Both OceanGrafix and the USPS encourage boaters never to rely on just one means of navigation and to use accurate paper charts as a backup. Says DeGree, "Despite the many upsides of technology when it comes to navigation, electronics can and will fail at the most inopportune time. When that happens, an accurate paper chart is nice insurance."

Under the agreement, both parties will continue to promote their messages of safety to mariners. "At the end of the day, what we all care about is encouraging recreational boating safety, and this agreement will help both parties do just that," says DeGree.
About OceanGrafix

St. Paul, Minnesota-based OceanGrafix (http://www.oceangrafix.com) is the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand nautical charts for recreational and commercial boaters. Working in partnership with NOAA, the company ensures distribution of the most accurate, up-to-date NOAA paper charts.

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