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Old 16-03-2017, 09:31   #1
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finding Charts

I downloaded OpenCPN, but cant figure out how to load charts. I called navionics to see if they are compatible and they said no. So all I see is a base map. Even if I did have the charts I do see a button that says upload charts? Does anyone know how to do this? We leave for our trip tomorrow and today I find out Navoinics will not work on my laptop like they said it would. So I need to get something working today!

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Old 16-03-2017, 12:07   #2
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Re: finding Charts

it appears I can only look at one chart at a time, is that correct? When I click on a section I clink show max detail and I can see that section, but my route goes through the next section.
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Old 16-03-2017, 13:10   #3
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Re: finding Charts

Why.....
Not at all. OCPN is the real program for chart quilting.
I suggest you look here: https://opencpn.org/wiki/dokuwiki/do...t_installation
But read it all to learn all fantastic features.
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Old 16-03-2017, 13:14   #4
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Re: finding Charts

Where are you based / sailing ?

Open CPN has a built in plugin for down loading free charts, but I think you have to enable it. (And it is only really great for US / Brazil and a couple of others).

Options => Plugins => Chart Downloader 1.2 => Enable

Then when you click on the "Charts" function you will find a new tab for chart-downloader.

Options => Charts => Chart Downloader

Click "add" and select the free charts you want to download then update. It will appear in the box below (I think). Then click "download selected chart" and finally "apply".

The charts will magically appear on your world map.
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Old 16-03-2017, 13:55   #5
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Re: finding Charts

the outline of the charts are there, but I have to click on each one and select show max here. When I do that, it turns off the other part of the map I was looking at?

I am plotting a course from Fort Pierce fl to Carolina Beach NC
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Old 16-03-2017, 14:01   #6
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Re: finding Charts

Free US charts are here by naval district:
Nautical Charts & Pubs
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Old 16-03-2017, 14:11   #7
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Free US charts are here by naval district:
Nautical Charts & Pubs

Same website but I click on the ENC and takes me to here

Chart Locator

That is where I am getting them from, then unzip them in my charts folder.
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There is where I am getting them from I hit the ENC in the middle of the page and then electronic charts and it takes me here:
Chart Locator

then I unzip to my charts:us folder on hard drive.
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Old 16-03-2017, 14:16   #9
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here is what I see.


see how you can see the border of the map. It is like a picture of the paper map
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Re: finding Charts

Why not..
Press F9 to quilt your charts. More here: https://opencpn.org/wiki/dokuwiki/do...chart_quilting
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Old 16-03-2017, 14:25   #11
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here is what zoomed out looks like
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Old 16-03-2017, 14:35   #12
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when I press f9 or "Q" I can tell it does something but I still only see one chart. When I do a right click the option to see max chart is gone.
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And if you take that time to read the manual? A wealth of explanations and options. You have it "onboard": F1 or the "?" button. The chart chapter.
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it looks like the quilting function is not working even though it is checked in settings and I press F9 and/or "Q"

ok evidently you have to hit F9 16 times and reboot your PC! works great now!
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is there any way to covert navionics charts to work with this program? The NOAA charts that I down loaded does not have marinas and other info on them
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