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Old 08-09-2015, 08:22   #1
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Chart Book for the Keys

I'm planning on cruising the Florida Keys next spring and would like some recommendations about what brand(s) of Chart Books/Guides to use.
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Re: Chart Book for the Keys

Richardson publications has chart books. You can get them at West Marine and even order them online from there.

RICHARDSON PUBLICATIONS Waterproof Chartbook And Cruising Guide: Florida Keys & Bimini | West Marine
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Re: Chart Book for the Keys

We kept our 30' Hunter in the Keys for a few years and loved it. As far as charts, we always used Navionics. Their data is really good and is updated every day. You can see what charts are available easily by going to their free online app here: Navionics Webapp
Zoom in to see more detailed charts.
Are you planning to cruise down there, dock, use it as a stopover..? Do you know where you'd like to visit in the Keys? What kind of boat do you have (i.e. draft and clearance)?

Here's an example of an area in the Keys showing the Navionics SonarChart. There are really detailed contour lines:

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Re: Chart Book for the Keys

Sorry for the delayed reply. The boat is a 30' US Yacht. I'll be sailing it down. Plan on spending about 2 months down there. Exploring, diving, fishing and recharging my battery (rum is the best electrolyte..). Solo trip with a mixture of anchoring out and marinas, mostly middle and lower keys.
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Re: Chart Book for the Keys

We use the Maptech Chartkits along with our Chartplotter and of course our Hampton Roads/Norfolk to Key West anchorage guide covers all of the Keys. Our guide and perhaps Waterway Guides Southern Edition will give you all of the information you could possibly need. Chuck
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Re: Chart Book for the Keys

1. I would recommend printing out official charts from NOAA website.

Interactive Catalog

There is a link on the right on the same, which let you download charts in PDF format (for ease of print etc.).

You can also use opencpn (opencpn.org) with BSB/KAP as well as ENC files downloaded from the above website.

There is a dedicated forum for opencpn on this site.

2. If you need electronic charts, there are tons of free applications covering US for iOS, Android, Windows etc. I've included a few links below:

iOS Chart App

Garmin Blue Chart App

Android Chart App



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Re: Chart Book for the Keys

It's great to have a paper chart around in case of an emergency but it is usually your backup to your backup to your backup to your backup. If I have to reference a paper chart it's probably too late for me already.

We actually lost all power on our boat while doing a round trip through the Keys.
We had Navionics on our phones for navigation (did I mention that we lost power at night and were nowhere close to an anchorage?) so we used one phone until it died and then used the other. Worked like a charm!
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