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Old 27-02-2016, 13:12   #1
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Are Charts Available For Western Caribbean?

We're planning a voyage from the Florida Keys to Cuba, westward along Cuba's north coast to Mexico, and then south to Belize and Guatemala, intending to spend the hurricane season in the Rio Dulce. We have Navionics charts for our plotters, but I can't find anything to use with OpenCPN that covers south of Cozumel. Does anyone know of any available charts for Belize, the Rio Dulce and the Bay Islands? I've searched the discussion board and can't find any recommendations.

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Old 27-02-2016, 15:01   #2
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Re: Are Charts Available For...[Insert your interest]?

Yes, but I think you will want to get S-63, BSB4, or NV charts paid.
There are charts available of part of the the area through NOAA and Columbia, but not Cuba. (I found some old Cuba RNC charts on the internet, but would want better ones to cruise.) Don't know about free Western Carribean charts, don't recall seeing any. Use the Chart Downloader Plugin to help obtain those free charts mentioned above.

This question has been asked before and we all get tired of answering the same questions. Thanks for asking, but please see and read: [This is from a quick search on "Charts"]

Free Med charts discussion, but has links to all the Chart resources we have available.
Open CPN - Free charts for Mediterranean Sea?

S-63 Charts
S63 charts - new charts and updating

BSB4 Charts
BSB 4 PlugIn

Earlier post on charts
Best electronic Charts for...

NV Charts
NV-charts file extension...

For the Bahamas
Bahamas Charts for OpenCPN

Canadian Chart Problems
BSB4, 2011 Canadian Chart Problem [pics]

Charts for OpenCPN
charts for opencpn


VisitmyHarbor Charts for OpenCPN - UK Ireland, Near Continent, Fr, Iberia
2016 ChartStick- for OpenCPN and others (inc.France) : by VisitMyHarbour [Charts for OpenCPN and other programs] - VisitMyHarbour articles

Charts for OpenCPN s-63 encrypted
o-charts
Wide range of charts all over the world is available.
See Chartworld http://www.chartworld.com/shop/off_enc

You may want to get a free Chartworld Chartbrowser program to determine which charts.
http://www.chartworld.com/web/products/chartbrowser

and read about Charts Sources in the wiki. It is extensively covered.
http://opencpn.org/ocpn/Basic_charts_chart-sources

Once you've done that. Then ask more questions.
If you do find free sources for those islands please let us know!
We will add them to the Chart Downloader.
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Old 27-02-2016, 15:37   #3
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Re: Are Charts Available For Western Caribbean?

I just checked Chart Downloader, and just recalled that the Columbia charts are not available anymore as they are now paid for. Chart Downloader has Brazil and Argentina in South America. NOAA has Gulf of Mexico down to Mexico, and Puerto Rico, but not Cuba.

So it looks to me like you'll need to pay for o-chart s-63
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Re: Are Charts Available For...[Insert your interest]?

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This question has been asked before and we all get tired of answering the same questions. Thanks for asking, but please see and read: [This is from a quick search on "Charts"]

Once you've done that. Then ask more questions.
If you do find free sources for those islands please let us know!
We will add them to the Chart Downloader.
My wife and I are in the final stages of preparing for departure. We're provisioning, laying in spares, trying to sell our vehicles, taking care of vaccinations, wills, powers of attorney, forwarding addresses, etc. etc. etc. There's still equipment that needs installation, and some that has been recently installed that requires troubleshooting. In short, there are only so many hours in the day, and the time set aside for surfing around online searching for something that I can't even determine actually exists has pretty much been exhausted. So I'm so very sorry if having someone ask for help wears on you when you've had to help other people before with the same issue. But I was under the impression that this was what forums like this were about - sharing knowledge. So it's simply an efficient use of my time as we prepare to depart to ask for some assistance when I couldn't find any relevant responses to a search such as "OpenCPN charts for Western Caribbean" on either these boards or Google.

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So it looks to me like you'll need to pay for o-chart s-63
Thank you. I will explore this option. I tried the various charts available through Chart Downloader, but couldn't find the coverage we need. I had hoped the NV charts would be the solution, but couldn't find any that would cover coastal Belize and approaches to the Rio Dulce. And I never said I was looking for free charts. That would be nice, of course, but we're more than willing to purchase them if necessary. I just want something that will work with OpenCPN, as I don't believe (from what I've been able to determine) that I can get our Navionics+ 3XG package to work.

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Old 27-02-2016, 16:17   #6
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Re: Are Charts Available For Western Caribbean?

Cuba NV Shop

Carribbean Caribbean Charts

{Later} I see that they don't have Belize and Rio Dulce. Sorry.

but I would email o-charts and ask them! BCN is very helpful. Hurbert is on this forum all the time.
Search for "BCN"

Perhaps someone else will chime in.
Not ideal, but would CM93 Charts + Paper Charts for harbors work?
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Re: Are Charts Available For Western Caribbean?

There has been some discussion about charts for the Western Caribbean some time ago - a quick search brought up the following recent post:

Cruising guide to Belize
If you dig further there should be people with local knowledge.

On the other hand one source are official S-63 charts. Not that many for the region, but some yes.
To check availibility here a pointer:
https://www.iho.int/srv1/index.php?o...id=424&lang=en

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Yes - check out my chart list. I also have some good nav programs will all world charts included.

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Not seeing your chart list on your web site (on my phone so maybe not displaying properly). Can u post a direct link?
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Not seeing your chart list on your web site (on my phone so maybe not displaying properly). Can u post a direct link?
He wants money for it, see here:
Digital charts , manuals , RYA courses, books and training programs

That is why he is posting here.

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He wants money for it, see here:
Digital charts , manuals , RYA courses, books and training programs

That is why he is posting here.

Gerhard
So that makes it a commercial post, not in the buy-sell section, from a non- commercial member.

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