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Old 12-03-2006
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The major difference is that the proprietary ENC charts have been modified to be readable by certain types of hardware, rather than just generic PCs. The Navionics ENC maps can be used in a range of GPS chartplotters, but the NOAA ENC files can not AFAIK.

There are also companies that distribute the NOAA ENC charts as a DVD, but "add value" by changing the way they are organized and listed.
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