'Antares Charts for Scottish Islands'
Bob has spent the last 10 years creating his Antares Charts of the West Coast of Scotland. They are very large scale electronic charts with related pilotage information and are aimed at experienced yachtsmen, to supplement information available from the official charts and sailing directions.
He says that the authorities have resurveyed very few of the more interesting channels and anchorages of the West of Scotland since the advent of satellite positioning and hardly ever publish charts to a sufficiently large scale to meet the needs of yachtsman when close to hazards.
To date he has published 461 charts, which can run seamlessly with UKHO-type charts on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones and Android tablets and phones. He was awarded an MBE for them in this year’s New Year Honours.
Before retiring he worked in finance in the City, retiring at 50 and spending the first few retired years sailing in all oceans of the world, including to the Arctic and Antarctic as well as on Gipsy Moth IV.