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Old 08 March 2004, 05:30   #1
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For those of us without Bluecharts / C-MAP etc. Has anyone thought about or got the new RYA PC plotter / charts ?

http://www.rya.org.uk/Default.asp?contentID=3057908

I am currently using maptech charts on the PC to upload routes etc to a Garmin GPSMAP 168 sounder and etrex legend (both of which can take bluecharts).

Shortley I will be looking to renew the maptech charts as they are getting on a bit.

Options are:

get new maptech charts £100 ish

go for the RYA chart pack / plotter £39 ish

go for garmin Blue chart £180 ish

One thing I like about Maptech is the ability to print off a "chart pack" which I laminate, anyone know if you can do this with the others ?

Any thoughts on which options to go for?

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Old 08 March 2004, 06:12   #2
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go for the RYA chart pack / plotter £39 ish

go for the RYA chart pack / plotter £39 ish
This is a price per chart? is it not.
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Old 08 March 2004, 06:15   #3
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Nick,

My understanding is it is per chart pack.

eg for my normal crusing ground it would be

Chart Pack 7 South West, (Dodman Point - Watchet incl Scillies)

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Old 08 March 2004, 06:40   #4
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Just ordered 3, 4 and 6 - They should come in March sometime!

I will use them for making up charts for racing - I put the course on with the pc, laminate them and Graham (my navigator) attaches them with a kill cord to his leg - (it gets a bit rough sometimes!) This will save having to scan a chart in every week and try and get it all on 1 page!
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Has anyone else spotted this line in the RYA promo?



Chart expiry and updates
Access to the charts contained on each CD will expire on 31 December 2004 (plus a safety period). To renew, or extend coverage, simply purchase another CD.

This product is designed as an aid to navigation only and as such, must be updated annually by purchasing the next years’ CD. The UKHO strongly recommends that appropriate paper charts are also carried at all times.
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Possibly not the bargain that it seems as first glance then!

Mike B you might want to check than you can export routes from the software as there is no mention of it. It will also only store ten routes which is pretty poor for a PC based system (if you can export and import routes then there would effectively be no limit)

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i use two types one from a company called MeridianRCDS@www.rcds.co.uk these are raster charts and a bit better than the ones sold by the RYA again only valid for one year and you need to buy a update disck the other is by TRANSASnautic www.transasnautic.com vector charts again you have to buy the update disck both are very good and have a couple more bells and whistles than the RYA version which is aimed at entry level students you gets what you pay for
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Thanks all,

I had noticed the expiry date but I think this is a good tool to ensure the charts are kept up to date and as I will only have 1 or 2 areas not too expensive (although have just noticed the "INTRODUCTORY price" wonder how much the next set will be).


John,

Thanks, hadn't thought of that - I just assumed that it would be able to export. There is a little bit more info here but still doesn't confirm this.

http://www.admiraltyleisure.co.uk/ne...rt_plotter.asp


Cookee,

When you get yours would you mind confirming if it can export routes / waypoints to GPS? Alternatively can the charts be used in other software (eg maptech)


Thanks again

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Cookee,

When you get yours would you mind confirming if it can export routes / waypoints to GPS? Alternatively can the charts be used in other software (eg maptech)


Thanks again

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Missed the time limit thing but I will probably only be printing them off anyway and it saves me having to order charts for the races - I'll let you all know what they're like when they show up.
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Missed the time limit thing but I will probably only be printing them off anyway and it saves me having to order charts for the races - I'll let you all know what they're like when they show up.
Cookee have you got these yet or has anyone ells used them?
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