Originally Posted by hellsfire
Can someone give me advice on where to get a complete set of charts to use to circumnavigate?
I have many electronic charts and GPS
but I would like these for planning and as a back up.
Is there anywhere you can buy a set as all I can find is individual charts many overlapping.
Hamish, The problem with your request is that ALL
the charts for a complete circumnavigation
is a lot of charts. Up Thread someone noted that a full world folio is 3600 BA charts, which must be about $144,000, plus you could not fit them in your boat, period.
Since you want them as back-up, you can get by with a few small scale charts (whole oceans), and guide books
for the countries you plan to visit. Scrounge around for the ones you still need after that. This could fit in your boat.
In the old days when we used paper charts we had about 600 of them, copies, originals etc. It covered a lot of the world. But that stack of charts was the second heaviest thing on our boat. I sold
them and bought a used jib
Now we get an ocean chart for the next ocean and some guide books. If you lose your ECD you use the ocean chart to get you close and the guide book to get you into the harbor, where you buy a new ECD. We still do this, but in all the years we've been cruising with electronic charts (24yr) we've never had to resort to paper.
Planning: Here are the tools we use.
Ocean Passages of the World, by British Admiralty
Jimmy Cornell's Books World Cruising Handbook and Cruising Routes
If you are are navigating with electronic charts one preparatory task before each passage is to get your hands on the best charts you can find for your destination
area, even if you have to make them yourself.