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Old 11-09-2005, 08:08 PM
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According to the current BoatUS magazine NOAA is now making available for free download all of the US raster charts that were co-developed with Maptech.

The article states the charts are in the BSB format. I downloaded one of the files which have extensions of 000, 001, 002 etc. I have a copy of Jeppesen's Marine Map (ver 3.21) which is supposed to be able to use BSB files. I have not been able to get Marine Map to recognize the downloaded files.

Anyone have any experience with these files?
Old 11-10-2005, 07:38 AM
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Where (URL) are the files downloaded from?
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http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov
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Where are you finding the charts to download? I'm looking at the NOAA site and see where you can download viewers, but I don't see any charts. ;?
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I found a link that may be useful.

http://www.freeboatingcharts.com/

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Default RE: Free Raster Charts

Not sure if these are same thing you are talking about or not, but I downloaded several differnt "ENC" charts from this site, http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/mcd/enc/download.htm

Then i went to "Fugawi" website and got their free viewer. To be honest, I really wasnt impressed with the charts at all. (Lake Erie, mostly)
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Default RE: Free Raster Charts

The freeboating charts link above is a maptech site where they provide all the charts for free download. There is also a free version of their Chart navagator software that you can use with these charts and is fully functional. A very good deal (free) and the charts seem to all be the latest versions.
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I downloaded a free viewer which would open the files. In my opinion, the quality of the charts is not worth the download time.

Thanks for all the help.
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The ones I downloaded and used with Chart navigator are the same quality as the paper charts and appear to be identical. Not sure why you are having problems with the quality of the ones you downloaded.
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I have signed up logged in...got my return email to go the download site but nothing happens. My browzer opens but nothing is ever downloaded to my computer. I have tried this twice...any suggestions as to why this would happen? Or what I am doing wrong?

thanks in advance,
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You are correct. The charts from the Maptech site are good and are usable in my nav program. A big difference from the NOAA site.

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