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Old 06 January 2012, 14:43   #1
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Is there much difference in Imray and Admiralty charts was thinking about getting some imray 2000 charts open to advice though
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Old 06 January 2012, 14:57   #2
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Hi, I just picked up a whole pile of charts and books etc secondhand and I am very pleased with them all. They are Imray, Stanfords and Admiralty charts, by the looks of it the Admiralty (small craft series) chart is a larger scale than the imray ones. If you need me to check anything I have the following charts:

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C15 THE SOLENT
C4 NEEDLES CHANNEL - BILL OF PORTLAND
C9 BEACHY HEAD - ISLE OF WIGHT
C6 SALCOMBE - LIZARD POINT
C10 WESTERN ENGLISH CHANNEL PASSAGE CHART (X2)
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C5 BILL OF PORTLAND - SALCOMBE HARBOUR
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ADMIRALTY CHART 2611 POOLE HARBOUR AND APPROACHES
STANFORDS HARBOUR CHART 10 CHICHESTER - PORTSMOUTH
STANFORDS CHART 16 THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

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Old 06 January 2012, 15:09   #3
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Out of interest you can buy second hand charts of various grades/updates etc from here:

Marine Chart Services

I've bought from there, excellent service, the charts were in great nick, just the odd pencil mark etc, some were like new.

Second hand Admiralty charts, corrected up to the date of purchase for 13 instead of nearly 23 for a new one = bargain I reckon
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Old 06 January 2012, 15:14   #4
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The Admiralty folios are a good buy - typically 12-15 or so charts of various sizes/scales to cover a given area, harbours, etc, for 40-something. And they come in a nice clear plastic folder that gives you sometng at least spray-proof to hold them in on a rb!
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I reckon Imray are the charts to carry on a RIB. They're compact and water resistant and have enough detail to get you where you need to go.

However, if you're doing survey work or whatever, I'd go Admiralty, dunno why, I just find them easier to get my head around. Maybe it's because they have so much large scale stuff...?
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Yep, secondhand charts are cool as they are quite hardy as they are sort of waterproof and rip proof. The old pencil lines can be quite interesting too.
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Stick to what ya know is my motto as far as which firm to go with.

For ribbing purposes laminated copies of the chartlets found in the Reeds Almanac are pretty handy although these probably wouldn't allow you to plot courses etc from one destination to another
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I have to say I agree with Willk. I actually prefer Admiralty charts (clarity, detail, colours etc) but for practicality use the Imray charts on my boat (size, water resistance, scale etc seem sensible for an open boat doing 20 knots). For West Coast of Scotland its backed up by the relevant Yacht Pilot / Clyde Cruising Club navigation guide - which has large scale chartlets for entering ancorages/"ports".
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I have to say I agree with Willk. I actually prefer Admiralty charts (clarity, detail, colours etc) but for practicality use the Imray charts on my boat (size, water resistance, scale etc seem sensible for an open boat doing 20 knots). For West Coast of Scotland its backed up by the relevant Yacht Pilot / Clyde Cruising Club navigation guide - which has large scale chartlets for entering ancorages/"ports".
Agreed, I keep a set of Imray charts on the RIB, but use admiralty charts for planning at home. The portfolios are good value but its also useful to have some of the larger charts for passage planning.
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UK Wide Harbour Pilotage, View Full Size Marine Charts Online 25 membership for life worlwide portfolio of Admiralty charts can georeference them for planning/plotting never more than a year old can print them off and then laminate them (Use matt laminate sheets so you can write on them) .
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