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Old 19-12-2012, 09:41   #1
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Bahama Charts

Has anyone had the experience to compare NV Charts vs Explorer Charts of the Bahamas in terms of detail and accuracy?
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Old 19-12-2012, 09:44   #2
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Re: Bahama Charts

Do a search, NV charts came up a few months ago.
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Re: Bahama Charts

I have both right here next to me, and both have excellent cartography. I've used the Explorer Charts while cruising and they are flawless, and, knowing the cartographer of the NV-Charts, I expect that they are as well. From all areas I've compared they've been accurate. They both have a lot of additional information in the chartbooks. The Explorer Charts are smaller (and "prettier" in my opinion) while the NV-Charts are full-size, and also comes with a CD and smaller "Harbour and Anchorage Pilot Book." I don't think you could go wrong with either. If you're a stickler for full-size charts or you really need the charts on CD as well, then go with NV-Charts (Explorer Charts might come with a CD now, so check before you decide). If you have limited space for your charts, Explorer may work best. Either way, have a great time in the Bahamas! (Wish I were going this year)
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Re: Bahama Charts

The Explorer Charts have been the gold standard for the Bahamas for quite some time and are our choice. They have been proven over many years, so I would prefer those for the near term until the NV charts have been used and proven as reliable. The Explorer Charts also give you a great deal of information other than just a chart. That's just my opinion. Chuck
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Old 19-12-2012, 15:27   #5
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Re: Bahama Charts

Thank each of you for your responses. The reason I have asked the question is that I have used Explorer Charts for years including their CD's. When I looked to renew my CD's I found that Explorer has made a deal with Jeppeson who in turn supply their charts in the various electronic formats for Chartplotters and not on a CD. I use a PC and therefore need CD's.NV supply a CD with their charts, hence my interest in NV.
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Old 24-12-2012, 03:58   #6
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Re: Bahama Charts

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I have both right here next to me, and both have excellent cartography. I've used the Explorer Charts while cruising and they are flawless, and, knowing the cartographer of the NV-Charts, I expect that they are as well. From all areas I've compared they've been accurate. They both have a lot of additional information in the chartbooks. The Explorer Charts are smaller (and "prettier" in my opinion) while the NV-Charts are full-size, and also comes with a CD and smaller "Harbour and Anchorage Pilot Book." I don't think you could go wrong with either. If you're a stickler for full-size charts or you really need the charts on CD as well, then go with NV-Charts (Explorer Charts might come with a CD now, so check before you decide). If you have limited space for your charts, Explorer may work best. Either way, have a great time in the Bahamas! (Wish I were going this year)
What is the file extension for the nv-charts on your CD please?
".eap" or ".kap" ?

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Re: Bahama Charts

Hi Thomas,

The CDs are at my office and I won't be back until after New Years. I do know that they are compatible with the following:
Fugawi
Rose Point
Memory-Map
iExpedition
iNAVX (through x-traverse)
MacENC (through x-traverse)
Stentec
Euronav
TikiNavigator
Global Mapper
OziExplorer
Touratech
Imray


I'll follow up with the ext. when I see...I'm guessing it's neither .eap nor .kap.

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