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Old 05 June 2008, 04:23   #1
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West Coast of Scotland - Electronic Charts

I am looking for a set of electronic charts for the West Coast of Scotland, I am planning to upgrade chart plotter so am happy to base the plotter decision on mapping software that provides sufficient detail. The area I am specifically interested in covers Clyde to Crinan including Jura and Colonsay. All suggestions greatfully received. I have a garmin handheld, however the crinan area is shown blue with no specific detail...?

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Old 05 June 2008, 05:36   #2
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If all you want are charts that you can view on your pc, the Admiralty charts are very good and will give you more than enough coverage at a good price. Admittedly, they are not vector charts - but they do have the advantage of looking exactly the same on screen as the paper charts you'll be used to.

If you want charts to run on a plotter, you'll have to get the compatible software for whatever unit you want to run them on. My favourite at the moment is Lowrance

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Old 05 June 2008, 16:12   #3
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I am using navionics ih raymarine and they are brilliant.

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Old 05 June 2008, 16:20   #4
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I found the Garmin charts very good for around this area. Went lowrance recently simply because the whole UK was one one cartridge at the same price as one single large area Bluechart
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Old 05 June 2008, 18:11   #5
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With Ezgoing on this one - Navionics! One chart for the UK, Ireland, Western Continental seaboard, various formats available. Very cheap if you live near the boundary of two cheaper charts and need both. Can be had for c.£170.
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Old 06 June 2008, 10:21   #6
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I've just had a week in Oban using the Navionics platinum chart 28P in my Raymarine E80, superb!! Realtime animated tide & current, pilot book, aerial photos, great chart detail, it even shows the buoyed channel at Loch Feochan upto Ardorran Marine. Not cheap at £250 ish, but having used it I wouldn't swap it.
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