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Old 21-06-2007, 09:31   #1
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Best Charts and Charting Software for the Caribbean

Going crusing for 6 months through the Caribbean this winter and am looking to buy charting software and charts for the area. Any recommendations? Of course I'm looking for the best bank for the buck.

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If you look in this forum section you can find extensive discussions. Right now the US portions (including Puerto Rico) are free in BSB and ENC chart formats. You can purchase BSB charts for the islands.

There are a host of computer software based charting systems that will allow you to connect a GPS and that represents a good value if you think you want a computer on board. If you want a chart plotter then the formats are proprietary to the plotter manufacturer and the charts may cost a bit more.

Having a system you can use is worth more than the differences in cost. I would also strongly suggest you invest in at least the chart books in the large formats as a paper backup to save some money. You really need good charts. It's not an optional item. Cruising guides are also quite valuable and there are many to choose from.

Wade through the existing threads using the search tool There really is everything you could want discussed already.
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