Hi all Scandinavian cruisers.
Until today few official charts
have been available at a reasonable cost.
For raster charts
Soltek.se has offered BSB
files for Sweden
and more. Due to a weak encryption and other reasons that shop will soon close.
A new OpenCPN
plugin will in a very near future make Soltek's supply useful again together with other chart providers. Please stay tuned for more info about that plugin.
Official Swedish vector charts in the oeSENC_pi format may be available if we together can complete the funding project
described herein. O-Charts need 150 users to join for signing the Swedish-SMA contract
. The funding project
started yesterday 27th and already several users have signed.
So far O-Charts didn't signed a Swedish contract
due the relatively high prize level compared to for example Norway
and other countries around but if the user interest is there we may still get the opportunity. The cost for a complete Swedish chart set will be around 59€ (Local VAT dependent)
Please visit Crowdfunding - o-charts
to join the project and get a SE-license once we reach the target. Otherwise all money
For those reading Swedish more info is present by the link to the local dept. of the Swedish Cruising Association below. The same info in English
is found in this document link. https://www.dropbox.com/s/pzoga1e94f...6_Eng.pdf?dl=1
Short info from Crowdfunding - o-charts
A crowd-funding initiative started by users from Sweden: Sjöfartsverket (SMA) vector charts for OpenCPN
We strive to offer the Swedish Maritime Administration's vector charts to all OpenCPN users in Sweden and our guests from the surrounding area. o-charts.org has the contract with Sjöfartsverket to sell licenses for Swedish oeSENC charts on the desk. But we want to minimize the risk of recovering the upfront investment to a logical point, as it does not make sense that users who run o-charts have to put their money on the desk in order that others can use the chart. We are looking for a way to limit this risk and to go ahead, backed-up by a sufficient number of interested sailors before the contract gets signed. Crowd-funding is the way we want to go in this case.
The price for the complete set of 580 charts in EUR will be around 59 € depending on VAT in each country. Updates during one year included. Like all other oeSENC charts for OpenCPN, the charts do not disappear from the computer or the disc after the license has expired, just updating ends. Of course a renewed license will bring new updates on the desk.
The crowdfunding action is running until June 15, 2018 longest. We will need at least 150 subscribers to go ahead. With 150 licenses sold, all costs for server and other hardware are not fully covered, but the idea is that once initiated, hopefully there will be a spread in Sweden and the world around so eventually we will be more than the first 150. In case we don't reach our target the subscription will be paid back automatically. No risk.
Welcome to join our crowdfunding oeSENC project and also to spread this info where ever relevant.