I like paper charts
and still use them!! I especially like that I can write on them and that I can still read them when the area is a big. So remember I said this at the end of the post.
With the availability of electronic charts
really just how important/useful do people feel paper charts are now days? I mean between chart-plotters, PDF computer files/copies of charts and low cost apps does it really make sense to buy paper charts that also take up a lot of room? I currently have 2 regions of Maptech
chart-kits on my boat
and to cover the regions I'm planing on seeing in the next year I would to buy 5 more. Those 5 sets of charts will cost around $650-700 and I could buy another spare chart-plotter instead and have $200 left over.
Heck chart-plotters kind of made paper charts obsolete and now apps are almost making chart-plotters obsolete. While I bet people will fall into a pro/con paper chart group by age lines, I wonder even if older people now days will chose to spend $$$ on paper charts when they have multiple electronic back ups. I mean I just spent $360 on used chart cards for my current
older chart-plotter and I could have gotten a new (smaller) unit with USA charts for about the same price
so to get paper charts also seems like a lot of wasted beer money