Charts come from many publishers, in many different forms, styles, coverage, and
prices. To help you make your choice, here is a brief run-down on the ones most in demand
at Pilothouse patrons.
Prices shown are typical rather than exhaustive, and of course are subject
to change. We will gladly provide catalogs and answer your questions. Please
tell us what waters you intend to visit, in what sort of vessel.
Government Issued Charts
Large, clear, and authoritative, these are the charts of choice for commercial and
naval vessels, and are the only charts that meet regulatory carriage requirements. Because
Notices to Mariners are keyed directly to them, regular maintenance is
NOS -- National Ocean Service
Published by NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce, these are the official
government charts of U.S. Coastal waters. Most are large flat charts, but if labeled
"PF" (pocket fold) are folded like road maps, if labeled "SC" (small
craft) are accordion-folded in a portfolio.
With every NOS chart, Pilothouse provides, as an added value, a free ANMS (Automated
Notice to Mariners System) computer printout listing all deepwater changes reported since
the chart was issued. These printouts greatly ease the task of chart correction.
Most NOS charts are priced at $20.75 each. Please ask for a copy of the free NOS chart
catalog for your waters: Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast,
POD -- Print-on-Demand
Government charts produced by a licensed private contractor. POD charts
carry the NOAA logo and have all the features of NOS charts, but are
printed when the agent submits an order, from electronic files kept
up-to-date on a weekly basis. Hence they need no correction at the time of
purchase. Prices are $22.75 for the Water Resistant grade. Use the NOS
catalogs, and order by NOS number.
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Information about POD Charts
DMA -- National
(formerly Defense Mapping Agency)
US Government charts of most foreign waters
other than Canada and Great Britain. They are now printed by OceanGrafix,
under license from NGA and NOAA. As with NOS charts, Pilothouse
includes ANMS printouts with the charts.
Prices are $22.75
CHS -- Canadian Hydrographic
Charts cover all Canadian waters. We
do not stock, but special-order directly from Ottawa, thus getting charts
that are freshly updated with the latest corrections. Lead-time is usually
one week. Prices are $20.00 per chart. The catalogs are
Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, Great Lakes and Arctic.
BA -- British Admiralty.
Published by the UK Hydrographic Office, Admiralty charts provide world-wide coverage.
Pilothouse special-orders from a number of agents who provide charts corrected to the
latest Notices. Lead time is one or two business days. Typical prices are
To help you find a chart number:
ENG -- Army Corps of Engineers
Charts of the Western Rivers (Mississippi-Missouri system), the Tenn-Tom, and the
Apalachicola. Prices, quality, currency, and lead times vary widely, with each Engineers
district doing things its own way. We urge mariners contemplating these waters to start
with Quimby's cruising guide, at $39.00 T2871
Norwegian, Swedish or Icelandic charts. We can supply these on
a special-order basis. This takes time, and it helps if you can be as
specific as possible in your order.
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Charts begin to go out of date the day they
are printed, and. it is up to the navigator to keep up with changes. Here
are some tools to make the job easier.
Chart Correction Kit rub-off symbols.
For details, see our Plotting Tool bulletin.
Chart Correction Template Weems
& Plath #9998, in the familar DMA pattern $8.00 T5165
ANMS, Automated Notice to Mariners
System. With every NOS or DMA chart we provide free printouts listing
changes reported since the edition date.
Notices to Mariners Subscription
Services. We offer four services for you to choose from. Pilothouse
S-O-S sends you new chart and pub editions as they are released, based
on your Master List. Local Notices Hard-Copy sends you weekly
printouts of district Notices. NoticesPLUS sends you weekly CD's
covering all domestic and foreign waters. BONUS sends you monthly
customized ANMS printouts based on your Master List. Please call for
Private Sector Charts
More convenient and economical than government issued charts, these charts are
widely used aboard fishermen and pleasure boats. They are copied from
government charts, sometimes full scale, sometimes reduced, and in a few cases enlarged.
In many cases you will find added information, such as course lines, waypoints,
small-craft facilities, fishing and diving hot spots, photographs, and Coast Pilot notes.
ISS -- International Sailing Supply
Formerly International Sailing Supply.
Rolled charts, printed two sides on plastic, for U.S., Bahamian and West
Prices are $26.95.
Regional chart atlases
formerly from Better Boating Association, now from Maptech. Spiral-bound,
22 x 17, with CD. A good buy if they match your cruising area.
Handy 12 x 17 books, spiral-bound ,
waterproof, with CD. Contain GPS waypoints, pre-plotted courses, and marine
facilities including marinas, shore side restaurants, fuel docks, boat
A newer line of books gradually replacing
the Waterproof Chartbooks.
Williams and Heintz
17 x 22 chart books, Maryland Cruising
Guide and Virginia Cruising Guide. Click here
for more information.
GMCO (ex ADC)
Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, Delmarva Coast, and Carolina Sounds, reasonably priced.
EMB -- Embassy
charts from Maptech
Waterproof, handily folded charts for
popular boating areaas. They are sometimes reduced in scale, but the
printing is bright and clear. $19.95
I-I -- Imray-Iolaire
Waterproof yachting charts of the Eastern
Caribbean, edited by Donald Street. Most are 25 x 35 , $30.00 each.
IMR -- Imray
Waterproof, folded charts of the
Mediterranean and the Atlantic Islands
RCH -- Richardsons
Chartbooks/cruising guides. Copies of NOS and CHS charts, photos, facilities
listings, etc. 18 x 12 spiral bound. $39.95 to $84.95.
click here for more information
Barway Pilots Guides
Chart atlases compiled and drawn by a
towboat pilot for towboat pilots.
Click here for more information
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HPC -- Home Port Charts
Small laminated charts covering offshore and inshore fishing areas from
Montauk to Cape Hatteras. Most are $19.95.
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Home Port Charts Website
SEG -- Captain Seagull's
Laminated charts, 18" X 24", of inshore and offshore waters from New
England to Cape Hatteras. $18.25 each.
FHS -- Fishing Hot Spots
Folded,waterproof plastic charts for the small-craft fisherman. Most are
of inland lakes and rivers, but a new Saltwater Directions series cover
inshore waters on the Chesapeake, Delmarva, and (soon) New Jersey coasts.
$9.95 to $14.95
Keep those valuable charts clean, dry and unwrinkled.
| Lightweight polyethylene parts screw together
securely for tight, water-resistant, ultraviolet-proof protection.
|Chartpak 3 X 38 Black
|Chartpak 4 X 38 Black Tube
|Chartpak 3 X 38 Grey Tube
|Chartpak 4 X 38 Black Tube
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