sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Nautical Charts and Cruising Guides

Nautical Charts and Cruising Guides

The name of the smart game in sailing is redundancy. While electronic charts are definitely the way to go for the future, very convenient, and as accurate as the charts they originate from. But if you lose your electrics or worse still are hit by lightning and lose ALL power, the paper chart still has a great value. In addition, it takes power to run the computer, and it depends on the setup of your boat whether that’s an unacceptable drain or not. Our recommendation is to have paper charts on board at all times for the areas you are visiting.
Knowing where you are... -  Media Services  

Paper Charts:

Nautical Charts are available at your local marine outlet, chandlery or marine bookshop, or contact Boat Books


Charts are expensive, of course, particularly if you need to buy in quantity. We think the best site for discounted charts worldwide is Bellinghams, who have a great range of products, and excellent service.

Electronic Charting Systems:


The most widely used electronic charting system in the world is Cmap. For all electronics for your boat, don't forget to check with Ocean Talk, who have a wide range of electronics, including the Raymarine range.

The only catch with using electronic charts is that you can be lulled into believing that you are where the chart says you are. Many a sailing boat has been lost because they failed to look out the window. As a paper chart does NOT tell you where it thinks you are, you are more likely to take care.

One day in very misty weather entering the Crookhaven River in New South Wales, I was tracking our progress on Cmap and heatedly telling a more and more horrified helmsman to 'go straight, yes you're going fine - don't turn yet, you're not on the marker yet' when the coastguard shouted at us in sign language to 'TURN! TURN!' as we were headed into the surf. Coming up on deck, seeing with horror the surf lines just ahead, I could only add lamely to the helmsman 'Why didn't you tell me?'
After entering Crookhaven, we looked at the trail that our boat made on Cmap, and found that we had sailed across a rock wall and over a pontoon before arriving in the river. As for places in the world like the Red Sea, our recommendation is to give Cmap a 2 mile margin for error during the day, and 5 miles at night. This is of course, I repeat, not the fault of any electronic charting system, but the charts that the information is derived from.

Cruising Guides:
There are good cruising guides for almost all the coast of Australia now. However, some of them are difficult to obtain, so leave yourself plenty of time.
Click HERE for an Australia-wide List of Cruising Guides




by Sail World

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=20120

4:25 PM Tue 22 Nov 2005 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Practical

Related News Stories:

31 Jan 2014  Ten boat safety checks every skipper needs to make
05 Jan 2014  In-mast furling - is it the 'no-no' we've always believed?
13 Nov 2013  Product of the week: One Sailor MBS for single-handed docking
29 Oct 2013  Get your DSC-equipped VHF hooked up right
14 Oct 2013  Evolution Autopilot - top honours in Marine Electronics Awards
30 Sep 2013  Product of the Week: Safer and easier docking - SlideMoor
17 Sep 2013  Mountain bike torch great for tough sailing conditions
16 Sep 2013  Product of the Week: Drawer fridge for cool-keeping and accessibility
25 Aug 2013  Rig your own sailing boat? Yes, you can!
23 Aug 2013  Product of the Week: The LED ringed switch
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,










Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race   
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video   
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT