It's been a number of years since cruising the SP but on my last trip we had a collection of various charts (French, US, NZ, AUS, BA) and in addition used the 2/3 Bellingham charts. We found them to be just as good as any other we used. Even with the larger size charts we always had a stamp magnifier at hand. So yes the Bellingham charts worked fine. With that said we found some charts had more detail in specific areas than others. For example we found the BA charts to be much better for Fiji
On this trip (departed 2005) we have been sailing Central and South America
we have been using openCPN
with cm93 and cm95 charts. In addition we are also using GE2KAP program to creat Google earth
charts. We have found Opencpn
used with GE chartlets to be terrific. Both programs are free and so easy to use. This method has allowed us to get into places where regular charts are lacking detail. In addition we are using a Furuno
chart plotter(CMap) and INavX
on our ipad
. Of all the above mentioned hands down OpenCPN wins out for its ease of use, being able to create our own charts and over all versatility.
We are also from the school
to have paper charts onboard just in case but to be honest it's a backup for us.
Safe sailing and good luck. See you in the SP this coming season
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