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Old 03-04-2011, 12:36   #1
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World Base s57 and bsb charts

I am in search of both world base (s57 and bsb) charts that we could include with OpenCPN. If anyone knows of charts available that we can rightfully use, please let me know.

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RIGHTFULLY??
Legally acceptable.

The US charts would be the first place to check I assume, otherwise perhaps any (marine) world map with a liberal license should do..
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Re: World Base s57 and bsb charts

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I don't know exactly what you are looking for?
The Blue Marble World Chart on the Pilot Charts download page
is one possibility.

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I am in search of both world base (s57 and bsb) charts that we could include with OpenCPN. If anyone knows of charts available that we can rightfully use, please let me know.

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I haven't run across anything, but will certainly post them if I find them.

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Re: World Base s57 and bsb charts

One thing you could look into would be the Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution, Shoreline database, assembled and maintained by Dr. Paul Wessel at the University of Hawaii. This is a high resolution vector map of the world's shorelines. The map is in GMT (Generic Mapping Tool) format, so you would have to find a way to convert it to S57. The format is described on Dr. Wessel's web page, so I think it should be possible to convert it. You can find all the info here: GSHHS - A Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution Shoreline Database

The format is described in the README file. More info on GMT tools is here: The GMT Home Page

As an aside, I bumped into this while installing Bluewater Racing to play around with. Bluewater Racing is a free program to do route planning and optimization based on boat polars, GRIBs, and great circle routes. It's a simpler (and probably not as good) version of what programs like Expedition and Maxsea do, although it's pretty darn good from what I can see. The author has used it to plan and navigate Transpac and other passages. It's reasonably cruiser-friendly, in that you can hand-modify your polar files to include motoring limits and speeds if you want. It's well worth the time to look at, and makes a great companion to OpenCPN. Bluewater Racing uses and includes the gshhs chart kit.
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Re: World Base s57 and bsb charts

Seems to be some sort of "shareware" project, there's a free one (java) here Marine Weather

"Capcode" also has free weather routing based on Java by the way http://weather.lediouris.net/
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One thing you could look into would be the Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution, Shoreline database, assembled and maintained by Dr. Paul Wessel at the University of Hawaii.
Dave has already included a shoreline. This may be where it comes from. A bsb base map can be easily made. So, I guess an S57 base world map is what I'm after if anyone knows of one.

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