I had some fun tonight - I decided I was somewhere that the mail system did not get to, but which did have internet
connectivity... and I was departing for some difficult-to-find-charts-for place in the middle of the Western Pacific, perhaps Kwajalein, to be precise. How might I obtain a chart for that area?
I could send an email
to Marilee at Waypoints (she's in Oakland, CA), and she can absolutely procure any paper nautical chart known to mankind... how long would a cardboard tube of sacred navigational knowledge take to get to my lack-of-postal-address location? [I did say this was a thought exercise, no?]
I fooled around with Coastal Explorer 2009 and Chartworld, re-established the chartworld account, re-activated CE, located the S-63 account number, and selected two vector charts
of the area: one from Japan
, the other from Great Britan. 12 minutes later I had those charts
up and displaying the laptop screen
. Very cool! [one does have to wonder why, if we have great internet
connectivity in this area, why the postal service
couldn't arrange to appear with a paper chart in tow,... but I digress...]
As an aside, I've previously purchased British Admiralty charts for Kwajalein (they are quite beautiful), and have the Navionics ENC
charts for that same island/atoll. Now I have the Japanese and British ENC
versions of the same place area; the goal is to have a comparable dataset of a place that is off the beaten path that I have not been to (yet). In reviewing the charts, the Admiralty paper chart is by far the best, but would be the most difficult to obtain as you have to transport the physical paper printing to your boat. The Japanese and British ENC are essentially interchangeable (the Japanese ENC cell coverage is broader than the British), and the Navionics
ENC chart of the area is a combination of all three plus some stuff from New Zealand
(or so I am told).
At any rate, I can now say with certainty that CE plays well with Chartworld S-63/S-57 ENC charts.
And now back to our regularly scheduled program of sanding
of the motorbox in preparation for topcoat paint