I assume you're being serious here...
So, the answer is three-fold...
Originally Posted by PDA1
I'm curious- how does one plot his movement across the Atlantic WITHOUT using a chart plotter?
Just for fun I'd like to get a large chart of the North Atlantic showing the Continents which includes Longitude and Latitude grid and numbers so I could plot a fictional voyage across the Atlantic.
What do you suggest?
a) Most will use a "120" chart....
That's a US Gov't NGA chart # 120, "North Atlantic Ocean
, Southern Sheet" (which will take you from N. Amer to Europe
, between 5*N and 50*N)
If you're heading for the UK, then add another chart, a #126, I think...
b) You add in the pilot charts
of the N. Atlantic, as a guide to winds / currents...
c) Some old timers (myself included) have also used "great circle routing charts"....but now-a-days (with daily weather
info/forecasts), you're more likely to be changing course, looking for good wind
(or calmer weather), rather than staying on one course the whole way and "praying" that you'll make it!
So, for your purposes....I'd say buy a 120 chart (at about $35), and download the pilot charts (free)...
Cruising guides, Navigational Charts and other supplies - Bluewater Books & Charts
Maritime Safety Information
But, remember the most important part of offshore
/ ocean crossing navigation
: you will sail with the winds/weather that you have....there's no such thing as a weather
window for a 3000 - 4000 mile passage on your average cruising boat!!
And, remember that this IS what most use when offshore
on a passage....they do NOT use a chartplotter
, as there is nothing out there but water
(and other vessels, that you keep watch for), until 'ya get close to land!!!
BTW, this subject was covered in more detail here, just last fall...
charts for trans Atlantic voyage
I hope this helps...
s/v Annie Laurie