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06-18-2012 04:16 PM
Stumble
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

I have a few architect friends and have imposed on them in the past...

For smaller charts, I would also look at either buying a laminator and laminating the sheets, or buying water proof paper. Either way you get waterproof charts for a fraction of the price.

Though to be honest I have really gotten into navigating with an iPad. I know there has been a lot of discussion about it, and I don't want to repeat that debate. But NOAA republished their chart catalog weekly as they update them with the local notice to mariners.

Meaning that if you print charts as you need them, and replace them regularly you can avoid dealing with the laborious process of weekly updating.
06-18-2012 08:29 AM
dacap06
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

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Originally Posted by n8kraft View Post
Something to think about with your home printed charts is that the ink you're putting down is water soluble and will run if it gets wet. I think that if my electronics go out I expect to be in the thick of it, so a book of charts for $100 is better than saving money on homeprinted runny ink charts.
I use The GIMP to copy and scale sections of NOAA products to make my on charts of harbors and rivers, complete with a transplanted compass rose and position rulers along the edges.

If you are printing with an ink jet, water soluble ink is a problem unless you are using certain picture printers. Color lasers do not, and are quite affordable these days if you are happy with 8.5" x 11" or 8.5" x 14" but 11" x 19". The start around $500.00 and have much lower printing costs per page so you recoup the extra cost over the lifetime of the printer. I use a Brother 9460CDN laser printer to print my charts either on letter or legal sized paper.

Tom


Sadly, larger format laser printers are still out of reach. When they drop below a boat buck I'm going to get one!

Tom
06-18-2012 01:13 AM
n8kraft
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

Something to think about with your home printed charts is that the ink you're putting down is water soluble and will run if it gets wet. I think that if my electronics go out I expect to be in the thick of it, so a book of charts for $100 is better than saving money on homeprinted runny ink charts.
06-18-2012 12:18 AM
Argyle38 I've done it many times. Downloaded charts from NOAA in .bsb format to have them read by the old Chart Navigator software. This software has the the ability to print at full scale. I would print them to a .pdf using Adobe Acrobat. From there I could change the boarder size or tweak them if needed.

I had access to a HP 42" roll fed printer at my work (although a 36" printer was all that was needed). This printer would print out full scale charts, but only on plain paper. If I used the whole roll of paper and all the ink I bought, the cost per chart was about $2.50, plus my time of course.

I'm an engineer by trade so access to these large scale printers (they aren't really plotters anymore) is quite common for me. Others industries that would use them would be architecture and graphic design.
06-17-2012 03:02 PM
dacap06
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

Chuck,

If memory serves, the downloadable charts are Portable Network Graphics files (.png files). I suggest you use your favorite image manipulation software (that can handle pixel-based image formats) to edit the chart files and make the colors more saturated, and perhaps darker, so they print better on your particular printer.

Since your manipulation needs are modest, just about any good image manipulation program will do. The program name I'd suggest is Paint.net, the web site of which is http://www.getpaint.net/. Having said that carefully, I'll just mini-rant that I hate it when program names sound too much like web URLs. Ugh. Confusing.

Tom
06-17-2012 12:47 PM
chuckg5
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

ccrider
great song. todays fathers day. gotta go do some daysailing and drink a 'few' beers. talk later
chuck
06-17-2012 12:43 PM
chuckg5
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

crider
thank you, I'll try that and let you know how that works!
06-17-2012 12:18 PM
ccriders
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

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Originally Posted by chuckg5 View Post
Re: Downloadable PRINTABLE NOAA Charts
has anyone tried printing these charts to use? I have a 13 X 19 cannon printer that prints the charts out but they are very lite in color and can not be read very well at all. I've changed the setting and type of paper options all over the place but it's still to lite colored to read. Bllue marine charts of ft. lauderdale will do the same for 30 bucks a chart but sailing up the whole coast from fla. to maine would cost a bunch. yes, i have 2 electronic chartplotters on the boat but i'm the old guy that feels good having an using real charts.
Where did you download from? If not the NOAA then try them. If from NOAA look at their FAQs. Also, have you looked at their "booklet" charts? They can give you the printed chart security to go with your ENCs, are compact and easy to print out as you go.
John
06-17-2012 12:10 PM
ccriders
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

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Originally Posted by milutin View Post
if it can not print go and by charts, if you can not afford it, sell the boat and take your dog for a walk , gardening or something for a hobby
That is pretty rude. Needlessly so.
06-17-2012 11:49 AM
chuckg5
Re: Printing Charts on home plotter

this isn't being posted, why?
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