Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: plotting software
When you start adding up all the large and small scale charts you need to do any kind of cruising, the price gets enormous. C-Map wide area charts seem to be the best deal. Cruising the world, one could EASILY blow $5000-$10,000 on complete sets of Admiralty charts or some electronic charts which were derived, by the way, from free governmental rasters. I don't know why the Dept. of Defense does not open their very comprehensive files of worldwide rasters so all sailors always have access to charts for wherever they sail. Makes you wonder if they are REALLY worried about safety at all. This should be public information, not information secreted by some governments. It is not like copyrights to a book or music. The people who did the field work and those who drew the charts did it on the public's dime.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 04-28-2012 at 09:08 PM.