The digital age is doing away with a mariner tradition: The federal government will stop printing old-school nautical charts this April, reports NPR. Those would be the 3-by-4-foot paper charts that nobody used much more anyway, notes AP. Instead, boaters have increasingly relied on digital maps and "print-on-demand" charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association that get updated far more regularly.
"The decision to stop production is based on several factors: the declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts, and federal budget realities," explains the NOAA in a statement. The Savannah Morning News collects a quote from a local boater that pretty much sums things up: “The paper chart has gone the way of the sextant." (Read more NOAA stories.)