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Old 06-02-2022, 10:12   #1
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BVI Charts?

I posted this in the Nav forum but no traction. Hoping to get more response here.

I'm a very new US based cruiser doing my first cruise in the BVI this season.

I'm used to being able to get the NOAA charts on pdf but I can't seem to figure out how to get British Admiralty charts on PDF.

I know I want to look at admiralty charts 2006, 2019 and 2020 but I can't seem to figure out how to get PDFs from that Admiralty digital catalogue software.

Is there a way to get these charts in pdf format? Is there another electronic format that is better?

Is it worth buying that NV chart pack The Virgin Islands 12:1 St Thomas to Anegada. Apparently they come with an e version.

I just want to have something I can start planning my route, plotting dive sites and getting distances.

Is there something I'm missing? Is there open source charts nowadays?

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Old 06-02-2022, 11:46   #2
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Re: BVI Charts?

I'm no expert but since no answers yet, have you looked at the Navionics chart viewer online?
https://webapp.navionics.com/?lang=e...y=e%60ngG_qacB

Pretty good for planning purposes, and apparently an inexpensive membership can get you access to charts that you can use on an iPad. See this thread:

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ns-256392.html

Not exactly what you were asking but I thought it might help.

Also the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands (by Nancy Scott?) is a great help in planning.
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Re: BVI Charts?

Another option you have is OpenCPN and the o-charts.org Imray Caribbean set. Raster charts.
o-charts.org is the chart outlet of OpenCPN for licensed, not free charts.
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Re: BVI Charts?

Thanks for the replies. I spent the afternoon plotting routes in Navionics with their online chart viewer. It worked quite well.

I'd still like to find some PDF's so when I don't have internet I can still peruse the charts.

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Old 06-02-2022, 18:39   #5
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Re: BVI Charts?

Buy their app for the iPad. $40 or so. Download the area of interest while you’re connected to wifi - they stay on the iPad....I just returned from there, doing exactly that....

And if your iPad has cellular, the chip has gps, which works even if your cell service is down, making a complete chart plotter....

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Re: BVI Charts?

I think Imray produces the best BVI charts. Search for Imray A231 and A232. Most of the BVI charter companies put these on their boats.

Landfall Navigation sells paper copies, but you can download the chart images off their website and they have adequate resolution for viewing on a cell phone or tablet.

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