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Advice on ordering NOAA charts

Okay, after 45 minutes of arm wrestling the NOAA site to find out info and purchase their charts, I give up. I am expecting delivery of my first boat in a couple of weeks and need to purchase detailed charts. I've already got the waterway guide and cruising guide for the gulf coast. I assumed that NOAA charts were the best for up to date and detailed charts, but can someone please tell me how to order/obtain these charts? I've been to 3 West Marine stores in the Mobile area without any luck for detailed charts, so I thought I would just order one online....yea right. Anyway, I'm looking for detailed charts for the Gulf Coast from Mobile to Pensacola.
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I'd recommend Bluewater Charts and Books or Landfall Navigation.

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To make it easy on you...for florida west coast...
You need the Maptech Chart Kit for Region 8 - 12th Ed.
Florida West Coast and the Keys here:
Maptech Paper Chart Kit
and then you can pick up additional charts for Mobile to Pennsacola in the Waterproof charts versions here: Waterproof Chart

You can also buy individual NOAA charts here:
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You can look at any chart quickly on line before you make a decision to buy it here:
Gulf Coast NOAA Nautical Charts


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