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Old 10-12-2009, 20:07   #1
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Has anyone had any experience using these charts? It almost seems less cumbersome that folding a large chart in the cockpit while the wind fights you.

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I've been using them on the upper Chesapeake. For example, there's chart booklet that has the Magothy River divided up into about a half dozen pages. These pages are handy to mark up looking at the big chart for comparison.
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While I don't consider them a substitute for comercial chart books....

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they are up-to-date and good for checking older charts, particularly near changeable inlets or regarding bridges. Anything more than 1 season old can have significant ATN changes.

Because they are reduced in size I find them very hard to read on a moving boat or in failing light; ink jet printers are a tiny bit fuzzy, and laser printers are black and white. Either way, don't get them wet.

There are some other simple, useful nav aids on-line; check the right side bar of my blog for a few I find useful. The Coast Pilot and good weather links are good.
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I used one in a local area mainly to see how they look, and they're ok for what they are.
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Try a 3-ring binder and coat the maps with "storm proof"...

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if you think they might get spray (sort of like cut-back varnish, but does not make the paper transparent).

Don't print with ink jet - water soluble ink is a drag.

Not perfect, but it is a great for a free product for small boats that cruise occasionally. If only the USGS could get with the program and offer land maps the same way.
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