Hurricane Sandy altered the New Jersey coast when it hit in October 2012. In July 2013 Navionics launched the Sandy Project to generate updated charts that reflect the significant coastline and bathymetric changes. While remapping the coast is part of Navionics mission to offer the most accurate charting available, it also offers a significant contribution to bringing normality back to NJ, since inaccurate maps deter professional and recreational boaters from taking part in their usual on-the-water activities.
During the project, Navionics representatives, hosted by local West Marine stores, conducted seminars and spent time on the water recording sonar logs and witnessing the significant shifts in bottom composition firsthand (see video). The sonar logs collected and uploaded to Navionics.com are being integrated into the SonarChart™ layer within several Navionics products. Boaters are invited to continue recording sonar logs, throughout the season and beyond, and sending them to Navionics to contribute to NJ remapping.