Originally Posted by Seevee
Regarding the noaa chart update on the plotter... not sure how that would work. If you have Navionics or Garmin blue chart how would that fit in? But sounds great, thx!
We have access to daily updates through subscriptions for all our electronic charts.
As to Notices to Mariners, you just have to go by chart. We do have one navigation and plotter software which will actually allow us to enter the date of a paper chart and tell us all needed updates, but it's not available on most software in that manner. It also will give us Notices to Mariners and they're often incorporated into plotter systems.
As to paper charts, we seldom use them, and when we do we only use those we printed out within 24 hours of use.
In addition to notices to mariners and AC, I recommend looking at other sources based on your cruising grounds. For instance cruisersnet.net and waterwayguide.com have nice notices and alerts. Use as many sources as there are available. We have software, plotters, use AC, use everything we can name but Waterway Guide's weekly notice was recently the first place we saw (not saying no one else had it first, just where we saw it first) with the advisories on the dredging on the Illinois River. Similarly, if you're trying to find out how Dismal the Dismal swamp is this week, these other type resources will typically give you the most current information.