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Old 16-07-2008, 06:02   #1
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Explorer Digital Charts (Bahamas)

Already have recent hardcopy versions of Explorer Charts of the Bahamas. Am looking for a RECENT digital version of the Explorer Charts in BSB Raster format to use with Capn and / or SeaClear II. I have an older version of the Explorer Digital Charts but would like to upgrade. The Explorer website is a bit vague as to the availability of digital Explorer Charts in BSB Format. Any help appreciated.
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I think you will find a difference in the cd charts. We use to use Maptech, and their charts look exactly like the book charts. We had our laptops, and charts stolen from the boat. Recently we bought Garmin's Explorer charts, and they look nothing like the books.

Unfortunately I had bought the Garmin charts on the way out of town. I tried to load them when we got to Bimini, and that is when we found out you needed the internet, and or phone to open the charts. So it was back to paper, and D.R. We have finally been able to open the charts after returning home. I personally prefer the look of Maptech, but then again I am comfortable with what I am use to.
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I recently emailed them and they are not available at this time. They say they hope to offer them soon.

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I bought a C-Max/Max dchip recently as I was told it was based on explorer charts.

Using the electronic charts in the Bahamas I was very disappointed, it looked nothing like the Explrorer charts, AND the stupid thing was 2 years out of date.

I took it back to BlueWater Charts in Fort Lauderdale and was told electronic charts are non-refundable. After a few words with the manager when I told him loud and clear what I thought of the product and what he could do with it, he saw the light and let me return the thing.

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That's the problem with electronic charts. You don't know what you're getting and you can't verify their accuracy until you actually are there. They might look good in your plotter when you're planning but when you finally get to use them they might be way out in spots. I know the Navionics charts of the Bahamas are crap. Garmin and the new C-Maps are supposed to be Explorer charts. You have to keep telling yourself "never rely on electronic charts". But I must say those damn chartplotters soon grow on you and it's so easy to fall into the trap of relying on them.
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NOAA chart 11013_1 includes the Bahamas, and is available in BSB digital format. I'm fairly sure it was available free from NOAA at:
Office of Coast Survey - NOAA Raster Navigational Charts

They're calling them "RNC" charts these days.
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I also emailed Explorer, but have yet to hear from them - I can certainly use the old digital chart which I already have (they are copies of the older version Explorer charts with mostly green land masses.). Of course the Explorer charts are the 'only' charts to use in the Bahamas, and have great waypoints which you can bank on to be correct. Just wanted to upgrade to the newer digitals as a backup - no big deal I guess. Thanks to all for the comebacks.

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Explorer has been pretty responsive to me, although it usually takes them about a week to get back. Give them some time.
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