Originally Posted by 9D280
A2 on an open boat??????
I have been given coutless laminated event plans / call sign lists etc all nicely laminated A4, but they are - to be as polite as I can be on this subject - a right royal pain in the @rse.
I do use a plotter, but as said - a backup plan is always a good thing. I have memory map charts on the PC at home which allow you to print a copy for your own use. I am in the process of (only 'coz I'm doing it on an "as & when" for a new cruising ground) printing & laminating A5 charts, and using stainless key fobs to turn them into a "flipchart" with "next page" references drawn on the sides of each chart print before lamination. It's small enough to bungee to the wheel hub, & doesn't do spinnaker impersonations when the engine is in gear!
Absolutely second the chinagraph pencil - if velcro'ed to the console somewhere can also be used for scribbling down mayday details if you get a non DSC shout.
To me a chart needs to show a big enough area coz otherwise a Rib has crossed the area shown too quickly, and a small chart does not provide sufficient overview. On the other hand details should be shown. To me A5 is showing too little area or/and too little detail.
I am using papercharts for sportsboats fromthr German federal agency for shipping. Their format is A2. I put them individually in the cover they come in (and I have begged together 8 covers), tape the corners and attach them with chock chords to the port side (copilot side) of the console:
As mentioned before, next page references at the sides make life easier, and for a long voyage they are put on board in the right order. That chart that is of no further use just is put in the jockey. In addition each route is put on A8 (or A7?) wetnotes. The wetnotes have a reference to the chart, and the charts have a reference to the wetnotes for complicated passages.
HW and LW times are noted on wetnotes for critical points of the route.
And finally, I have a chartplotter. But in difficult and tight passages the plotter is useful for a quick overview only. The routeplanning needs to be done at shore, a chartplotter in 5.4" format is something of limited use at high speed when bouncing around and with cold hands.
Chinagraph (or cheapest eyeliner) +1, and remember to remove notes from gelcoat asap. Needs lotsa elbow grease later if forgotten.