First I do not want to start yet another discussion on should paper charts
be carried or not. I see them as needed but also realise that electronic charts
have a valid place. I will be carrying complete coverage of these but to not want complete reliance on electronics
As a new cruiser about to set off from the UK I have been looking at buying
charts to cover the trip across Biscay, the Spanish Rias, the Portuguese Atlantic coast, Maderia, Canaries
, and the entire Mediterranean
(first 2 to 3 years cruising with enough leeway to alter plans as required). We do want to be able to cruise
slowly and occasionally be able to go off the beaten track when the mood (or information) suggests it will be advantageous.
To buy every chart to cover this area is obviously impossible - my very limited bank account or the boat will sink. The cost of the Imray coverage is about £800 and this has gaps.
How do I go about selecting which charts to carry and which not to buy?
What are the choices for buying
Your experience and wisdom would be much appreciated.