Explorers and Surveyors
About Bob & Jane ~ Bob Gascoine has worked as a ‘marine professional’ throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean area for over 30 years. His work has ranged from sailing charters aboard his schooner for www.oceanvoyages.com, numerous vessel deliveries between Miami and the Caribbean and live-aboard scuba diving charters aboard his motor catamaran. Bob has made two Atlantic crossings and over 50 voyages through the entire Bahamas Islands Chain. Bob holds a British Board of Trade Ticket and a British RYA Yachtmasters Certificate.
Jane Minty teamed up with Bob in the early 1990’s and contributed artistic and computer graphic arts skills. Their early work surveying the Turks & Caicos Islands – the first-ever detailed surveys carried out in this area – were Bob’s qualifying entry for Fellowship of the Royal Geographic Society.
Milt the Mentor ~ Milt Baker, founder of the well-known Blue Water Books & Charts store, encouraged Bob and Jane to publish their surveys and their first chart, TC001, was printed in December 1993. TC001 had the distinction of being the first navigational chart primarily for use with GPS. It featured new innovations such as a ‘one mile grid’ for ease of position plotting and ‘Waypoint List’. The first edition sold out in six months; soon after Bob and Jane took up hydrography as a full time occupation.
Socially Acceptable to Nature ~ In addition to work on private publications, Bob and Jane have been engaged by the Turks & Caicos Islands National Parks Service and Harbour Authority to conduct various marine projects. They have also checked and advised the UK Hydrographic Office on new British Admiralty publications for the region. Being conservation activists, Bob and Jane include advice on environmental issues and local etiquette in their publications in the hope that visiting cruisers will respect local ways and go easy on the environment – this should help reduce the need for restrictive legislation in the future.
Out Islands ‘R’ Us ~ Every spring Bob and Jane cruise from their home base at Manjack Cay, Abaco Island, down through the Central and Southeast Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Data is checked to ensure that the electronic chart companies have up-to-date charts and marine information. But don’t expect to see them giving George Town beach presentations or selling advertising space to local businesses and marinas, for they prefer to focus on their survey work and moor away from the crowd. Still, if you notice their Fountaine Pajot catamaran, Mage Magic (see photo at right), and decide to stop by and visit you’ll be warmly received.