The Creation of the Rocket Cruising Guide to New Caledonia


Cruising Guide to New Caledonia -
the Nautical Rocket Guide to New Caledonia

This is the story behind the creation of the Nautical Rocket Guide to New Caledonia.



After the success and popularity of the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu Freddy and I decided to develop a cruising Guide to New Caledonia using high resolution satellite and aerial photography.
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There was already a cruising guide to New Caledonia in book form that was first produced in the 1996. We originally worked with the author/publisher of the existing book to make an electronic version of it. But after finished it and began actually using it we discovered it was full of errors - the maps were inaccurate and the GPS positions were often wrong. 

So we began again with all new imagery and did our own surveys of all the anchorages in New Caledonia. 


We called it the Nautical Rocket Guide to New Caledonia because you could zoom from a satellite image of all of New Caledonia to a satellite view showing the coastal area for a full day's sail - and then click on the edge of the zoomed in view to go to the next chart - and all around the country including the off-lying islands. 

On every view there are a row of icons and clicking on them overlays information showing nautical charts of New Caledonia with depths and navigation aids , sailing directions including routes between anchorages and between New Caledonia and other ports, and anchorages everywhere in New Caledonia, plus an icon showing general information about that area of the coastline.

This icon menu stays the same for every view, right on down to the next zoom level - say the high resolution aerial image of Noumea or even closer down to an aerial view of Port Moselle Marina.
Port Moselle Marina
The guide includes everything a cruising sailor needs for a cruise in New Caledonia including New Caledonia Ports of Entry, new caledonia marinas, where to buy yacht supplies and services in Noumea, New Caledonia money, WiFi and Internet in New Caledonia.


We sell the cruising guide to New Caledonia on the Internet. It is pretty famous because there is nothing else like it anywhere in the world. 



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