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Old 22-02-2013, 18:14   #1
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Paper chart sizes

Could anyone please let me know what sizes charts come in? Not scale or anything like that just the actual physical sizes of the most common ones. Working on a storage solution... thanks!
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Old 22-02-2013, 18:48   #2
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Re: Paper chart sizes

The answer is: many sizes, but mostly too big to easily handle. The biggest I've seen is about three feet by five. Sometimes you get a chart that's two feet square printed on a huge sheet with giant margins. The best thing (if you're cruising in the right area) is the spiral-bound chart kits, which are 16" by about 32". If no chart kits, Tide's End Ltd, in Bellingham, Washington, sells copies of US government charts reduced to 2/3 size, on sheets that are 2' X 3'. There are my favorite charts, since they're easy to handle, cheap to buy, and fit nicely on my chart table. My chart locker fits chart kits lying flat, and 2/3 size charts folded twice. Bigger charts often need more creative folding.
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Old 22-02-2013, 19:08   #3
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Re: Paper chart sizes

There is no standardization, and it can drive you crazy trying to put together storage. What I did was get some white pvc drain pipe from Lowes, along with some end caps and the large screw covers, and glued a variety of tube sizes. It was cheap, the pvc and glue dont cost much, and a hacksaw can create a tube in any size you want. The only drawback is they are somewhat heavy, but since they are watertight and nearly indestrucible, you can store them about anywhere you want in the boat.
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Old 22-02-2013, 19:44   #4
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Re: Paper chart sizes

Your best bet is to fold the charts with the chart number on the bottom right. Store them in really large plastic bags (the one that chart books come in). I store them in numerical order.

The only boats I have seen with rolled charts are powerboats.
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Old 22-02-2013, 19:44   #5
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Re: Paper chart sizes

I do the same as Tee on my charts! Pvc and end caps, roll the charts you can get serveral in one container, I use one for the same area, both large size(like the Pacific, and island and harbor charts, broken up in Northern, Southern ect works for me but then I have so many charts they do take up some room but they give a warm fuzzy feeling to have them to even just look at them at times, to remember trips we have made and places we have been !! To me paper makes sence even if ya have a big dollar chart plotter!! some of my old west coast charts have things like halibut grounds that were closed years ago, but are open now !! lots of stuff like that, that have there uses, even if they are off a little compared to the new ones. Still worth haveing for sure !!!
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The only boats I have seen with rolled charts are powerboats.
Blah.............you should look harder
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Blah.............you should look harder
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Your best bet is to fold the charts with the chart number on the bottom right. Store them in really large plastic bags (the one that chart books come in). I store them in numerical order.

The only boats I have seen with rolled charts are powerboats.
Or sailing vessels with proper chart tables.
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Or sailing vessels with proper chart tables.
Really big chart tables. Or the saloon table.
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The best size is what fits on my/your chart table.


Sorry, no rolled charts on this motor boat.
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Really big chart tables. Or the saloon table.
The saloon table is for feasting; not chart reading.

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It's Ok jackdale, ya just need to get out more. LOL Its just I have so many charts that I have to do something to keep them safe! Some of them are older then I am ! And they are still very useable! The containers make them more portable , as we have changed boats a few times in the last 10 yrs ! I throw a dessicant package in the bottom on each container and they stay dry !! Just a old fuss buget over my chart collection !! LOL
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Re: Paper chart sizes

The old time rules are:

Rolling charts leads to insanity. Is there a worse way to store, label, locate and view charts? Perhaps if the rolls are large ... like 20cm ... it would be okay.

Charts are best stored flat or minimally folded under the captain's bunk where they will be continuously and heavily pressed flat by the captain's nearly continuous slumbering.
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