This is not meant as a criticism Klmmicro, however I beg to differ with your statement , "I do not see where a paper chart takes up so much room as to be a nuisance
". World cruising becomes a whole different story to coastal cruising.
The charts for Indonesia
alone were more than 100 charts. Just keeping them in order was a major, time consuming task. We have a large boat with a dedicated chart table area and yet the complete underneath of one of the fwd berth is dedicated to just chart storage
Add the cost of charts and updates and it becomes a very, very, very big nuisance. The costs run into the thousands of dollars. For instance each Australian chart is $35 and you need more than 15 of them to adequately cover the Queensland
A lot of cruisers try to cheat the system with photocopies of passed down pirated charts, however even that still runs into hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of photo
copying investment and they are often outdated and in poor shape. So that negates their usefulness, accuracy, and reason for carrying them at all. Relying solely on pirated CM93 charts can also have it's limitations.
Up to-date official hydrographic charts are not cheap
. It is one of the reasons a lot of world cruisers are walking away from them. Electronic charts are slowly becoming price
competitive and with updates available online the management becomes a lot easier. Inovations like community layers on Navionics
and the new sonar overlays are making their charts more accurate and useful every day. Being able to hit a button and retrieve a phone
number or email
for a marina/coastguard etc can be very handy.
Onboard we prefer to use a combination of Navionics+ Platinum on a Raymarine
on a Tablet, Opencpn
cm93 on a dedicated nav system and as a final backup paper, although as I said earlier it has been a long, long time since I found it necessary to refer to a paper chart.
The other great source for navigational information is from other cruisers tracks.(Predominately cm93) They are shared amongst cruisers in marinas
, bars, anchorages
and on blogs. When all put together it keeps most of us out of trouble and off the hard bits.
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