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  Posted by: glen on Sep-09-13 11:34 AM (EST)
   Category: Kayaks 

What is the best way of obtaining coastal charts printed by noaa or the coast guard?

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  few ways depending on preferences
  Posted by: jcbikeski on Sep-09-13 11:39 AM (EST)
For full, proper printed charts just head to some place Marine supply shop like West Marine and buy one.

print one from

Or use software to help you plan a trip then print a custom map for a trip with both the standard NOAA chart and your routes, etc. Can give examples of this if interested.
  In addition
  Posted by: Dr_Disco on Sep-09-13 11:46 AM (EST)
Be sure to encase the chart in plastic if it is not waterproof. You can go to a place like Fedex Office, copy the portion or portions of a chart that you need, and then encase them in a plastic sleeve.
  Posted by: glen on Sep-09-13 3:45 PM (EST)
I could use your assistance in using software and noaa charts to plan out a trip. Thanks. Glen
  PC or Mac or??
  Posted by: jcbikeski on Sep-09-13 4:16 PM (EST)
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I need to review the names of what I've used when I get home tonight. I've tried various free and pay software on both platforms though lately I'm using a Mac. Some are good for planning and some for printing and fewer do both well (intuitive and hassle free) and bug free.

On a Mac I found the pay program MacGPS Pro had an easy way to scale and split into pages an area and showed my route lines nicely on the map.

  Posted by: remeny on Sep-09-13 11:54 AM (EST)
I use a two programs Open CPN is one and the other is seaclear. You can try both and pick which one you like more.
  One more DIY
  Posted by: suiram on Sep-09-13 11:59 AM (EST)

Bryan also has a link to the official chart printer
  If marine store doesn't have it
  Posted by: capefear on Sep-09-13 1:25 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Sep-09-13 1:27 PM EST --

Or it's a little out of date, I like using You can pull up any NOAA numbered chart on their site and make sure it covers what you're looking for. Shipping is quick. I think I've got over a dozen different charts I've ordered from them. The waterproof charts are nice.

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