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Old 12-30-2012, 06:24 AM   #1
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FREE Chart Favorite Site?

I understand there are many downloadable charts on line for FREE.

As a backup, an old computer with a cheap GPS would suit my purposes.

Any reason to select a specific site?

MY ICW paper charts are getting hard to use as so many nav aids have been added since the 60's the numbering changes are 1/2 dozen deep at some places.

The water is basically the same , so I mostly will keep the paper charts and use the electronic for new numbers.

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Old 12-30-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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NOAA makes it easy....get free downloadable cost pilots and light list too.

Raster Navigational Charts: NOAA RNCs

they and a cheap laptop plus $29 usb gps got me from Fla to NJ and is taking me back in big screen style.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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Read the "Charplotter my way" thread.The Polar View is nearly free and it makes for a legit chartplotter charting package.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:36 AM   #4
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Read the "Charplotter my way" thread.The Polar View is nearly free and it makes for a legit chartplotter charting package.
Not sure what you are referring to as "legit"???

I'm using OpenCPN that I thought was "legit"...it works great and is free.
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Just meant that it was better then a "back up" is all. I'll take a look at OpenCPN as well, thanks.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:31 AM   #6
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Yep... Polar View is a pretty good program. I use it with free USCG charts on our lower helm and like it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:22 AM   #7
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I bought Fugawi and ended up chucking it in favour of OpenCPN. If you haven't checked out O lately give it another look because it has evolved a lot just in the 2 years we have been using it. We still have to buy our charts for Canadian waters but if you only ever boat in US waters O can be a totally free solution. (Mind you the decent thing to do is to support the project by sending them a few shekels.)
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