We have about 750 paper charts
on board. I manage them using Admiralty Digital Catalogue and a spreadsheet, but I would really like to have all the various charts
contours visible on one screen
, preferably together with tracks and routes, and with possibility to consult the detailed digital charts for a given area when planning routes and when ordering charts. ADC handles only current
British Admiralty charts and I think BA catalogue is built into MaxSea
, so there is some help available, but there are always many non-BA charts around.
and GPX I'm almost there.
From Excel/OpenOffice listing of a selected chart folio I generate one text line=GPX track of 5 WPs per chart. Browsing this works very nicely with Route
Manager. One drawback is that using tracks for drawing may conflict with real tracks handling when underway.
The chart set is fairly static, but using the speadsheet is quite error-prone and not so portable across spreadsheet versions, so a friendly Python-enabled soul promised to provide me a with a .csv to .gpx conversion ...
Or perhaps there are better ideas/solutions for visualizing international chart inventory...
Attached is a sample folio in GPX.