A nice guy answered my ad. He was from Boston, had a solid flying record, and wanted a 210 for his winter home in Naples. I fly to the Bahamas frequently, a dream of his, so we became friends and started to meet. The sign at my office across from the airport has the name of our marine & environmental services firm and also “Island Map Publishing” which produces wall maps of islands like the Bahamas! We also make maps of the American coast with editions from Maine to Texas including the Great Lakes and custom maps like New Zealand.
The partnership never came to be since he wanted a plane up on Cape Cod in the summer, but we remained friendly and he offered to edit our new Cape Cod map. We always involve a local in the maps we design since you really need someone who lives there to get the names and geographical features right. It’s not as easy as it sounds and why I always visit the area where a map is being made. The guy from Boston had grown up in Cape Cod with years of boating around Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Bay. He did a meticulous job on the Cape Cod map and we’re proud to feature it at the upcoming Annapolis Boat Show, come see us at the Island Map Store booth if you go to the show!
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I made the map as a gift for a Kiwi friend on the South island who routinely leaves cases of the wine he makes "Middle Earth" at my house when he visits. We've toured the world together; Cuba, Panama, Bahamas, the American southwest, throughout Europe, Turkey and Russia. When I'm in New Zealand he takes me everywhere from lovely islands in the north to the southland region, even to the remote Chatham Islands far offshore.
I wanted to make a map worthy of the landscape and enlisted the help of another friend from New Zealand who spent his early years on tug boats and barges around the coasts of both islands. An example of his nautical expertise was a suggestion that the Humpback and Blue whales shown on our draft map be reversed based on where he saw them while operating vessels offshore (Blue whales being primarily in the extreme south, Humpbacks slightly further north, who knows that!)
The map further evolved when I visited my wine friend for a wild ride around New Zealand visiting spots I'd missed on earlier trips. We met other Kiwis who made map comments along the way using his truck, ferries, planes and helicopters for access. The result was a beautiful map which hangs on walls across New Zealand and is now on display at the gallery of Island Map Publishing in Naples.
To purchase the New Zealand map visit our site here or call 239-963-3497 for more details! Island Map Publishing is happy to work with you on special orders or assist the right product for your space.