Mailport: January 2014
Paper Charts Live On
In your December 2013 issue, the Riprap section had an article on NOAA ceasing making paper charts. I would have instead said they are ceasing “printing” paper charts, as what they now provide is making it even easier for sailors to have paper backups to the onboard chartplotter on board.
When I ran across their trial of distributing charts as PDF files, I wondered how to print them at home. Well, NOAA already has that covered with their BookletCharts (www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov), which are all set up to print on a letter-size printer and even include some Coast Pilot notes and up-to-date Notices to Mariners.
These files also make it possible for any device that can view PDF files to be an electronic chartplotter backup or to get a full-size chart printed in a hurry at a copy shop.
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