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Old 04-02-2013, 15:18   #1
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Which paper charts for the Med?

This season will see us enter the Med, our plan is to slowly work our way east during the summers. May we ask the forums advice on purchasing paper charts? We normally use Imray charts although they seem limited in the Med and quite large scale, whichever choice we make it’ll be a considerable investment so any suggestions will be gratefully received.
Our helm mounted Raymarine chart plotter uses Navionics CF cards, we are also considering purchasing Tiki Navionics Gold for our onboard nav computer – the ability to use the card in both plotters at the same time is appealing. Any views good or otherwise welcome.
Our normal practice is to passage plan on paper then transfer waypoints to the plotter keeping the paper chart on the table as backup.
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Old 14-02-2013, 07:49   #2
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Re: Which paper charts for the Med?

We usually cruise the Mediterranean, with a lot of redundancy as far as charts: an old B/W Raytheon plotter with obsolete C-Maps (still useful for passages, very low electrical consumption), + OpenCPN and CM93 on the laptop (Mac Powerbook), + Mac ENC and navionics ENC charts (Mac Powerbook), + Navionic charts on the iPhone (proved to be very accurate), + Italian Istituto Idrografico, French and Admiralty charts.
Still, I feel that one of our best investments is buying every year the latest edition of the French Bloc Marine (Mediterranean edition), which is in French AND English. At 26 euros, you'll have ALL the documents needed for the navigation in the western Mediterranean, according to the French law: all the maps and charts nededed (navigation: 1/80.000°, en WGS 84; all the ports with full details, description, phone numbers etc.), signals and lights, meteorology, maritime laws and a wealth of information in 800 pages, including a 5 languages maritime glossary. There is maybe a Reeds edition in English, but the original in French and English could help while cruising in France. Details here: Bloc Marine Mediterranée 2013
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