Over Hill Sailing Club
The NOAA effort to provide free, downloadable nav. charts in raster and enc formats is a very useful government program and has surely allowed many sailors access to this basic safety information. Other governments of the world, however, withhold this information so they can extract as many dollars as possible from sailors who enter their waters. Is there a reasonable way to obtain good nav. charts of other countries? There are American proprietary sources from GPS companies that are just ridiculously expensive, an absolute gouge. I believe updated chart information should be available worldwide to promote safe navigation and that safe navigation should not be auctioned to the highest bidder.