I cover a lot of miles and countries every year and need a lot of charts
. It's expensive.
For most of the areas I cruise
in I usually carry the following:
kept up-to-the-minute up to date, as primary navigation
in my main nav system.
2. Visit My Harbour raster charts, up to date, with OpenCPN
, for those areas covered. These are fabulous, fabulous, fabulous, and inexpensive and unlike Navionics
they are "Officially For Navigation". Unfortunately, they are only available for UK, France
, Belgium, Netherlands
waters so far. Used for planning on a big high rez monitor
and at the nav table. For areas not covered by VMH, I have a good set of CM93 charts which are surprisingly good, although many years out of date.
3. Navionics charts with INavX
on an IPlod for backup, bunkside anchor alarm
, etc., not kept up to date.
4. Paper. Lately not kept up to date because of the sheer volume of work which would be required.
For my cruising area, I need three (!) Navionics cards for the main nav system, costing over $1000 to replace and $500 to update. I stretch my updating budget
by starting a year of updates in April one year, then doing the last update April the next year, which means I have up to date charts for two years for the price
One thing which really hacks me off is that one of these cards is "Entire Baltic
Sea", but it excludes Denmark
. Any have any recommendations for electronic cartography for Denmark
which can be used in a Navico
And I'm trying to anticipate whether I'm going to have to throw away all there of my cartography cards this year and start over, since all the update contracts ("Freshest Data") are expired. Do they let you do it after a gap? Anyone know?