If you are wanting to order any of our current items (NOT new artwork) and want it to be delivered by December 24, 2015, the following dates are the cut-off for website orders:

The last day to order SERVING TRAYS for guaranteed Christmas delivery is end of business Friday, November 27, 2015.

The last day to order CLOCKS, CRIBBAGE BOARDS and WALL CHARTS for guaranteed Christmas delivery is end of business Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Thank you for your patience with our longer than normal delivery times at this time of year.  We appreciate your business!

Happy Holidays!


9 More Saturdays!

Can you believe there are only 9 more Saturdays until Christmas?  2015 is flying by!

As you think about your holiday gift shopping lists, make sure you plan ahead and get your order in for a wooden clock, serving tray, cribbage board or wall chart from Nautical North!  We make our charts to order and our production times are a bit longer right now due to the two boat shows going on in Annapolis this month right outside of our gallery and the holiday rush starting.

We will be posting the cutoff date for ordering with guaranteed delivery by Christmas on our website soon. In the meantime, get busy ordering that unique gift for your special someone!

9 more Saturdays…



America’s 10 Best Party Lakes

Nautical North scores almost a perfect 10 when it comes to having wall charts of the 10 Best Party Lakes in America, according to Thrillist.  We have wall charts of nine of these famously wild party lakes.



Current holder of the Guinness World Records’ largest boat tie-up title, Cumberland Lake floated a snaking line of 1,651 boats, aqua bikes, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, and inflatables — proving once again that Kentucky doesn’t disappoint when it comes to bourbon, thoroughbreds, or boating.


Hit up Chimney Rock on Lake Martin for some serious cliff-jumping and what one spectator deemed a “floating trailer park party.”


Big Muscamoot Bay (N 42.55783 and W -82.66071) on Lake Saint Clair is your move for an R-rated anchorage with rancorous floating parties. Also, an S.S. Pizza Boat delivery service.

Enjoy the article and check out Nautical North for your favorite party lake in a clock, serving tray, cribbage board, wall chart or coffee table! And share your favorite party photos on your favorite lake on our Facebook page! Party on! Cheers!

5 Quotes That Inspired Us This Week

We all need a little pick me up inspiration now and again. We decided to share five of our favorite quotes that we found this week to help you out of your rut and back into action!

1.  “Get sick and tired of being average and ordinary. It’s time to step into GREATNESS!”  Darren Hardy

2.  “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”  Napoleon Hill  

3.  “Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.”  Alfred A. Montapert

4.  “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  Arthur Ashe

5.  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  C.S. Lewis

What are some of your favorite quotes that you use to keep you going?


Plan NOW For Holiday Gifts

Whoa, you say!

Counting down to Christmas, you say? What? Wait! Why? It’s 93 degrees in September and the topic of Christmas is coming up? Yes!

It is time to plan ahead and order your customized three dimensional wooden nautical chart, wooden golf art, wood clock, serving tray or cribbage board for that someone special for a holiday gift!

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The creation of a first edition work of art is a somewhat lengthy process that can take approximately 12 – 16 weeks (84-112 days) on average for a wall chart or table chart. The process for a clock or tray is approximately 8 – 12 weeks (56-84 days) on average. Wooden golf course layouts can take a little longer than those time frames.


Nautical North strives to create customized art that become heirloom pieces for families to pass from generation to generation. Charts can be personalized with family history, your home, your boat, your favorite restaurant, or even a photo of your family can be etched in the wood. You work closely with our graphic artists to make sure that your chart depicts exactly what you want. This process takes time because we want to make sure we get it correct. Make sure you plan ahead for that special gift.


If you are interested in a clock, tray, wall chart or table of an area that we have already drawn, the lead time is closer to 3 – 8 weeks, depending on the size of the item. Keep these timelines in mind when ordering for special occasions! And make sure you keep an eye on the countdown above to make sure you place your order in time to receive it for the holidays!

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer!


The History of Cribbage

Nautical North has been making custom cribbage boards almost since the inception of the business. A question was posed today about the origins of cribbage so I thought it was appropriate to share what I found and educate those that may not be familiar with the game. Worst case this blog will educate you for a trivia question about cribbage that may come up in conversation.

NN_021814-016Cribbage is one of the earliest and most enduring of the Classic Card Games.  According to John Suckling’s biographer John Aubrey, Suckling was something of a scoundrel by all accounts, “the greatest gallant of his time, the greatest gamester both for bowling and cards, so that no shopkeeper would trust him for sixpence”.  John Suckling was a poet, a playwright, a traveler, an expert at cards and dice as well as a womanizer and a notorious wit!  Cribbage was known as “Noddy” prior to the modification of the rules by Sir John. He was a very wealthy man, inheriting a small fortune at the age of eighteen. Travels throughout Europe helped to broaden Sir John’s repertoire, and he was regarded as the foremost card player of his time. In 1630, he was knighted by the King, but fell from grace several years later.

In 1641, he was involved in a conspiracy to save a friend who was jailed in the Tower of London. The plan failed and Sir John had to flee England for the Continent. Unable to return to his beloved country, he ended his life a year later, at the age of 33. The game of Cribbage is his legacy.

Now that you know a little about where Cribbage came from, you will need to know the rules of the game.  Click here to learn how to play Cribbage.  And click here to order your two player or three player Cribbage board!  Enjoy!

Exploring the Chesapeake Bay

The following was borrowed from the Chesapeake Bay Program. There are some really interesting facts here about one of our most popular bodies of water that we create bathymetric wood charts of.  Enjoy!

Facts & Figures

Read this list of interesting facts and figures to learn all about the Chesapeake Bay’s geography and watershed.


  • The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary: a body of water where fresh and salt water mix. It is the largest of more than 100 estuaries in the United States.
  • The Bay is about 200 miles long, stretching from Havre de Grace, Maryland, to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • The Bay’s width ranges from 4 miles near Aberdeen, Maryland, to 30 miles near Cape Charles, Virginia.
  • The Bay is surprisingly shallow. Its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. A person who is 6 feet tall could wade through more than 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.
  • A few deep troughs run along much of the Bay’s length. Some of these troughs are as much as 174 feet deep. The troughs are believed to be remnants of the ancient Susquehanna River.
  • The Bay and its tidal tributaries have 11,684 miles of shoreline – more than the entire U.S. west coast.
  • The surface area of the Bay and its tidal tributaries is approximately 4,480 square miles.
  • Two of the United States’ five major North Atlantic ports – Baltimore and Hampton Roads – are on the Bay.

Water and Watershed

  • The Chesapeake Bay holds more than 18 trillion gallons of water.
  • The Bay receives about half its water volume from the Atlantic Ocean. The rest drains into the Bay from an enormous 64,000-square-mile watershed.
  • The Chesapeake Bay watershed includes parts of six states – Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia – and the entire District of Columbia.
  • About 150 streams, creeks and rivers drain to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Approximately 51 billion gallons of water flow into the Bay each day from its freshwater tributaries.
  • Collectively, the Chesapeake’s three largest rivers – the Susquehanna, Potomac and James rivers – provide more than 80 percent of the fresh water to the Bay.
  • The Susquehanna River is the Bay’s largest river. It provides nearly 50 percent of the fresh water coming into the Bay – an average of 19 million gallons of water per minute.
  • The Chesapeake Bay watershed is home to more than 17 million people. About 150,000 new people move into the Bay watershed each year.
  • More than 100,000 streams, creeks and rivers thread through the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Everyone in the watershed lives within a few miles of one of these tributaries, which are like pipelines from our communities to the Bay.
  • There are nearly 1,800 local governments in the Bay watershed, including towns, cities, counties and townships.
  • The Chesapeake Bay watershed contains three distinct geologic regions: the Atlantic coastal plain, the Piedmont plateau and the Appalachian province.
  • Approximately 8 million acres of land in the Bay watershed are permanently protected from development.
  • There are more than 700 public access points on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
  • The Chesapeake Bay was the first estuary in the nation to be targeted for restoration as an integrated watershed and ecosystem.
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Top 10 End of Summer Vacation Destinations

In a recent study by Glassdoor, it was discovered that the average US employee only uses 51% of their allotted vacation time.  With summer coming to an end, TripAdvisor put together a list of the top 10 Late Summer Vacation Destinations.  Check these places out before the summer is officially over!

10.  Key West, FL  –  This passenger cruise ship destination in south west Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is also home to the Dry Tortugas National Park which has attractions ranging from snorkeling to camping, and includes food and drink options.

9.  San Diego, CA  –  This southern California city is famous for its year around great weather. As the saying goes, the easiest job in the country is being a weatherman in San Diego. Some of its most popular attractions include the world-famous San Diego Zoo which pioneered the idea of open-air, safari style natural habitats.

8.  San Francisco, CA  –  The city by the Bay is the cultural hub of northern California and the second most densely populated city in the country behind New York City. Whether taking in a Giants baseball game at the beautiful AT&T Park or having a picnic in Alamo Park, San Francisco has plenty of amenities to keep vacationers entertained.

7.  Virginia Beach, VA  –  Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, Virginia Beach has miles of beaches with hundreds of hotels and resorts to chose from. The city has plenty of late summer attractions including the East Coast Surfing Championships which takes place August 16 through August 23.

6.  Orlando, FL  –  Nicknamed “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is home to some of the most elaborate and famous theme parks in the world. The city was the most visited in the country in 2009 with 48 million visitors taking in the sites and sounds of attractions like SeaWorld, Universal Resorts Orlando, the Walt Disney World Resort and the newly opened Orlando Eye.

5.  Ocean City, MD  –  This ocean resort town on the far eastern side of Maryland’s panhandle receives about 8 million visitors annually. Attractions include its famous boardwalk and the Northside Park that features a crabbing dock for travelers wanting to catch some of the Maryland delicacy.

4.  Destin, FL  –  Destin is known for its white sand beaches and emerald green water. This city in Florida’s Emerald Coast region is a leisure fisher’s dream destination. With an average August temperature of 91 degrees, Destin is a perfect late summer vacation destination.

3.  New York City, NY  –  The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. The city so nice they named it twice. New York has a lot of nicknames and a lot of things to experience for anyone adventurous enough to explore all that the city has to offer. Visitors can take in a Broadway show, spend an afternoon in Central Park or even get some sun at the beach at Coney Island.

2.  Las Vegas, NV  –  Las Vegas is the city of sin. The internationally renowned resort destination is home to some of the most famous casinos in the world. Whether its catching a magic show from Penn and Teller or seeing Celine Dion at Caesar’s Palace, there’s plenty to do in Vegas.

1.  Myrtle Beach, SC  –  Located at the center of South Carolina’s Grand Strand of coastal beaches, Myrtle Beach is TripAdvisor’s number one summer destination for 2014. The area is home to 100 golf courses and has been referred to as the “Golf Capital of the World”.

Where will you be spending your last days of summer?

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The Ten Largest Lakes of the World

The Ten Largest Lakes of the World
Rank Name, Location Area (sq. miles) Length (miles) Max. Depth (feet)
1. Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan-Russia-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran (salt water) 152,239 745 3,104
2. Superior, U.S.-Canada 31,820 383 1,333
3. Victoria, Tanzania-Uganda 26,828 200 270
4. Huron, U.S.-Canada 23,010 247 750
5. Michigan, U.S. 22,400 321 923
6. Aral, Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan 13,000 266 223
7. Tanganyika, Tanzania-Congo 12,700 420 4,708
8. Baikal, Russia 12,162 395 5,712
9. Great Bear, Canada 12,000 232 270
10. Nyasa, Malawi-Mozambique-Tanzania 11,600 360 2,316
Note: The Caspian Sea is called “sea” because the Romans, finding it salty, named it Mare Caspium. Many geographers, however, consider it a lake because it is land locked.

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Fun Summer Bucket List

Summer provides us with longer days to enjoy along with the warmer weather.  What fun things do you have planned for the summer?  Here is a sample Summer Bucket List:

  • Read 10 books
  • Go to the beach
  • Backyard BBQ with friends
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Make ice cream
  • Watch fireworks
  • Fly a kite
  • Go fishing
  • Go on a picnic
  • Make cookies
  • Go camping – or try glamping
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Create sidewalk chart art
  • Play mini golf
  • Go to the zoo
  • Try a Guiness ice cream float
  • Make glow in the dark bubbles
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to the drive in movies
  • Try stand up paddleboarding
  • Ride a horse
  • Learn a language
  • Try a new restaurant

This is just an example of a list. Tell us what plans you have for the rest of the summer!  Have fun!