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Good morning! I am completely new to all of this so this may be a *DUH* question. But, I would like to get some charts of the Chesapeake bay and just familiarize myself with the layout and look for some potential destinations when I am comfortable getting out there and sailing. I was in the Army for a while, so I actually enjoy poring over maps and charts....just not sure exactly where I can get my hands on them to begin looking and plotting.

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Re: Charts for the Chesapeake

We have the NOAA charts updated weekly on our website, along with locations of marinas, anchorages, navigation alerts, bridges, etcÖ. Itís free to use and there is no signing up. Marina map of the Waterway Guide centered on 37.59192743186128, -76.09886169433594 | Waterway Explorer marina map
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Re: Charts for the Chesapeake

Paper or electronic? Tablet or laptop?

Buy a chartbook or download at PDF Nautical Charts or use OPENCPN and free electronic charts, or buy an app such as Navioonics, iNavx ....

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Re: Charts for the Chesapeake

I like the chart book you can pick up just about any boating supply company. Has around 45 pages of the bay and tributaries. All pages are waterproof.
The book isn't cheap...I think around $50-60, but I never go anywhere without it.

Can even buy it from Amazon.
Chesapeake Bay: Maryland and Virginia Chartbook, 8th Edition: 9780875305844: Amazon.com: Books Chesapeake Bay: Maryland and Virginia Chartbook, 8th Edition: 9780875305844: Amazon.com: Books



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If you are only looking for charts to study the Bay, then I am a big fan of the free NOAA charts that are available here. Interactive Catalog They offer a nice level of detail and you can blow them up to a big enough scale to read them. But its hard to reproduce them to scale so that they are usable for actual navigation.

For navigating on the Bay, I have always been a fan of the Maryland Cruising Guide. This used to be put out by the States and were a real bargain. Not so much anymore.
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Thank you ALL for ALL of the replies!!! Will DEFINITELY look at the NOAA charts, but will grab the books mentioned above. Thanks for a shove in the right direction. Hope you all have an awesome day!!
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Re: Charts for the Chesapeake

Thanks for the reply! Wasn't sure if I wanted paper or electronic....trying to figure out what's available and what's the preferred method! Looks like either way is fine and both are better!

Thanks and have a great day!!
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Checking this out ASAP! Thank you!!
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There is also a free program that runs very well with what Jeff_H said.

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