Gord: Thanks for the warm welcome!
bcn & houlejm: I originally installed CHS downloaded charts with BSB4 plugin enabled.
Chart directory has .BSB and .KAP files. Plugin enabled or disabled does not modify file names.
Have since disabled plugin and charts appears to work
Have not tested underway but will do soon.
Have been reading CF for years but never had anything value to post.
Have been playing with OpenCPN
for couple of years.
Purchased Standard Horizon CP500 new 10 years ago as primary chart plotter with C-Map
charts for Canadian West Coast
. Am still happy with purchase
, unit is showing no signs of giving up!
At 10 years our CP500 should have backup in case of failure.
Have always wanted a large screen
plotter but cost big bucks.
This brought me to PC navigation and OpenCPN. Used NOAA charts in US / Canadian boarder waters and found OpenCPN to be spot on with CP500!
Was close to purchasing
retail navigation package including Canadian charts
until I compared CHS raster charts to retail raster charts package. The retail chart package charts were several years out of date.
Assume that retail ENC charts are same as CHS ENC's that would leave out some charts.
In my case having 24 inch monitor
and portability of laptop
made me comfortable having CP500 for backup.
Have 2 Lenovo ThinkPads one running Win10 and GlobalStat BU353S4 and Win7 withy BU353. Both run OpenCPN the same.
Both run Lenovo 12 volt airplane/vehicle adapters providing neat installation
and easy setup.