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01-20-2012 03:08 PM
CapnBilll There are several chartmakers that sell reduced 3/4 scale charts that are MUCH easier to stow in a small boat.
01-20-2012 01:28 PM
travlineasy Just purchase a quality GPS plotter with the U.S. charts installed. Compact, easy to use, takes up very little space, shows you exactly where you are on the chart at all times, can be readily seen at night or day, always where you need it (at the helm station), and covers every body of water you'll sail in that 22 footer--including most lakes.

If you need a paper backup, you can download them from a number of sites, then print out the areas you need.

Cheers,

Gary
01-20-2012 01:18 PM
JoeDiver When I was a Huey Crewchief in the Army....the pilots used to take all the area charts and tape them together, then fold them in such a way as it made a chart book. They could turn the page to the next area, or unfold top or bottom to make them bigger.

I don't know how they did this, I never learned it....but all the pilots did this with their charts. A pilot's chartbook was a prized possession, as time and experience went on and they marked wire hazards and other things, along with usual cruising routes.

Any old Army pilots on here?
01-20-2012 12:35 PM
DRFerron
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Nerd.
Bah.

So I won't share that this winter I made a spread sheet of all my charts with name and number, when they were printed and when the next order date should be. I started to do one for my lines but figured that would really put me firmly in the nerdette category.

01-20-2012 11:21 AM
mdnautical Maryland Nautical Sales is one of the largest nautical chart agents in the United States. We have in stock a worldwide selection of Nautical Charts, Nautical Books, Electronic Charts & Navigation Software.

Instead of the huge paper charts that Oceangrafix offers you may want to look into a small folded waterproof chart that Maptech carries. The areas you are looking for would be covered by Chart No. 89 (2nd. Ed.) and Chart No. 90 (2nd. Ed.). You could purchase the OG Charts and keep them in a chart tube as the previous post suggested. Visit our store on the web at www.mdnautical.com. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at sales@mdnautical.com.
01-20-2012 11:07 AM
BubbleheadMd
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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
We kept a full set of charts on our 22 foot sailboat rolled up into chart tubes. Slide the tube under the cockpit and it didn't take up any room. When sailing, like JoeDiver said, just fold them. I replace our charts every few years from OceanGrafix and update them each week when the Local Notice to Mariners is posted.
Nerd.
01-20-2012 11:05 AM
BubbleheadMd
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Originally Posted by JoeDiver View Post
So, fold them! They are paper ya know.
Er, um. If I may make a suggestion, roll them. Folding them creates creases, creases which may hide navigational aids or hazards. The creases eventually become weak spots and holes in the chart.

You can buy a water-proof, plastic, cylindrical chart case pretty cheaply to store them. The one I have is even adjustable in length to accomodate different sizes of charts. The cylinder is easy to stow.

When making chart corrections, or annotations, use mechanical pencil only. When erasing, soft gum erasers only, so that you don't erase original print from the chart. If you navigate with charts a lot, use a mylar overlay taped over the chart. You can write and erase on that, all day long and not damage the chart.

Sorry, but this topic brings out the Quartermaster in me. The damn things are expensive enough, may as well make them last and get your nickel's worth.
01-20-2012 10:31 AM
jjablonowski
Xerox solution

I like to take my new, large flat charts to Staples and toss them on the color photocopier. The 8x10 prints are handy in a small cockpit, especially when glued back to back and laminated to make them waterproof.
01-19-2012 09:23 PM
Southron Spirit you can down load the booklet charts for free , i put them in a binder in document protectors
01-19-2012 08:47 PM
DRFerron
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Originally Posted by synapse View Post
I know I can order them on the internet, but they are HUGE! at 36inchesx44inches, that seems kinda large to take out on my boat (22 foot sailboat) and use as a reference.
We kept a full set of charts on our 22 foot sailboat rolled up into chart tubes. Slide the tube under the cockpit and it didn't take up any room. When sailing, like JoeDiver said, just fold them. I replace our charts every few years from OceanGrafix and update them each week when the Local Notice to Mariners is posted.
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