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Old 14-09-2015, 11:23   #1
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Charts for Upper Mississippi

Hi,

I downloaded and unpacked the charts from the US Corps of Engineers for the Upper Mississippi - but can't figure out how to read them.

I'm working with OpenCPN, but can't quite get it to work.

Anyone suggest a chart reader to read the S57 US Corps of Engineers charts for the Upper Mississippi. Thank you. /Stu
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Old 14-09-2015, 11:28   #2
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Re: Charts for Upper Mississippi

OpenCPN uses these charts as is. Unzip the file you downloaded into a folder. Go to the tools/charts setup and tell OpenCPN the name of the folder. That's all you have to do.

It will be easier if you get the chart downloader plugin for OpenCPN.
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Old 15-09-2015, 21:26   #3
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Re: Charts for Upper Mississippi

If you're looking for charts for a specific area you can always see what data Navionics has available by going to their free online app:

Navionics Webapp

For example, here is a screenshot of the Upper Mississippi River Pool 8 SonarChart. The contours look really good in the charts in the upper MS.



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Old 17-09-2015, 18:01   #4
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Re: Charts for Upper Mississippi

Opencpn has a feature called "object query". You can right click on the object and select "object query". It will show you what the object is.

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Hi,

I downloaded and unpacked the charts from the US Corps of Engineers for the Upper Mississippi - but can't figure out how to read them.

I'm working with OpenCPN, but can't quite get it to work.

Anyone suggest a chart reader to read the S57 US Corps of Engineers charts for the Upper Mississippi. Thank you. /Stu
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Old 17-09-2015, 21:09   #5
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Re: Charts for Upper Mississippi

I'am also on the upper Mississippi at 283 mm. I use C-Map Max chart for the Great Lakes, inland rivers and gulf coast on Standard Horizon plotters. I use a Navionics chip for the same area on my 17' cc and much prefer the C-Map. I also use my iPad with Garmin BlueChart Mobil it is comparable to the C-Map in detail, I've used the C-Map and iPad on a trip from here to the Detroit River found them both excellent. Here is a screen shot of each. Click image for larger version

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