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    Where is a good spot to get electronic nautical/marine maps. In case I'm calling them the wrong thing, I would like maps of the sea floor. Something that will show likely spots for fishing, etc.

    I was hoping for something to put on my PC so I can print off different portions of the ocean and also keep gps points and notes on the maps. I do this with topo maps and would enjoy doing the same with fishing holes, etc.

    Mainly interested in Homer, Deep Creek, Seward, and Prince William Sound, aka South Central Alaska.

    Thanks

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    Try West Marine, or the gear shed down in Homer. One of those guys could at least send you in the right direction.

    Just remembered that I have a catalog full of toys.
    Consumers Marine 1-800-332-2628 or consumersmarine.com

    So many toys, so little money

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    Not sure exactly what you mean by nautical "maps." If you're interested in nautical charts, which typically have contour lines/depths for the bottom, you can download NOAA vector and raster charts free of charge directly from NOAA. Software for displaying the charts on your PC can also be downloaded free of charge.

    Here are links to the NOAA web sites for downloading raster and vector (enc) charts:

    http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/MCD/raster/index.htm

    http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/MCD/enc/index.htm

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    Western, I bought a DVD from a guy on ebay with them. I am pretty satisfied with it, that is why I am telling you about it. It has the entire US, coastal and Great Lakes. I thought it would be good to have everywhere, as you never know where your adventures mat take you.

    Here is a link to the same one I bought. Or, you can just do a search on ebay for NOAA charts.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NOAA-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Hope this helps,

    AkBillyBow

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    Not great for printing, but nice for fooling around and looking...

    http://sailvector.com/

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    Default maps of sea floor

    I think the term you are searching for is BATHYMETRIC charts!

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    Sorry for the lack of sophistication. Thanks for the direction.

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    That sailvector.com is pretty slick! Thx for the link

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    This is a free option that requires some thought.

    You can download Maptech's Chart Navigator Viewer here http://www.maptech.com/support/doc.c...id=123&plid=24 .
    You can go to NOAA site and download BSB raster charts here. http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/download.htm
    Export the download ZIP into the folder that ChartViewer is looking for which is set up in the charts tab. You can then use ChartViewer to explore areas and set up routes or way points. I spent some time and using some reference materials identified some good "Hidey Hole" spots to hide from weather if necessary in areas I frequent. I got fishing spots from friends, forums and looked at contours and found areas that looked like good fishing prospects and set up way points for them as well. You can use icons to distinguish way points. You can then use the export function to export your routes and way-points to a text file. Here is where the thinking comes in. You may need to convert this text file to the format used by your chart plotter. There are some tools to assist in this but that is a post in itself.

    You can also use this software to create 8 x 10 chart packets for the boat with your way points showing to use as backup. This will create an overview chart with grids ID'd. There is a separate page for each grid section that is a larger scale. The scale is dependent upon the scale of the original raster chart. The final product is a packet that is approximately the same size and scale as the original. They look very usable for a backup.

    It may not be the most sophisticated option but the price is right.

    I have downloaded detail maps of south central coastal areas including Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound as well as the Juneau area.

    On the same NOAA site you can download a PDF of the Coastal Pilot Series (9 for mainland Alaska) and find all the coves, bays and islands mentioned in the book on the charts. It is a good way to get a feel for an area while waiting for the snow to lift.

    This link will take you to utility to convert a file from one GPS format to another. http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/gpsbabel/. You can take a file that you created and convert it into another predefined file format. It uses GPSBabel but without the need to install or run it on your machine. It worked for me. It will also create a file that works with Google earth which is pretty cool as well.
    Last edited by Tolman24; 04-09-2008 at 15:02. Reason: Adding GPS info

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    Default GArmin Blue Chart Americas

    you have to select the region that you want, but it works fine for what your looking for.
    You can easily print them out too. at Sportsman's.
    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolman24 View Post
    This is a free option that requires some thought.

    You can download Maptech's Chart Navigator Viewer here http://www.maptech.com/support/doc.c...id=123&plid=24 .
    You can go to NOAA site and download BSB raster charts here. http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/download.htm
    Export the download ZIP into the folder that ChartViewer is looking for which is set up in the charts tab. You can then use ChartViewer to explore areas and set up routes or way points. I spent some time and using some reference materials identified some good "Hidey Hole" spots to hide from weather if necessary in areas I frequent. I got fishing spots from friends, forums and looked at contours and found areas that looked like good fishing prospects and set up way points for them as well. You can use icons to distinguish way points. You can then use the export function to export your routes and way-points to a text file. Here is where the thinking comes in. You may need to convert this text file to the format used by your chart plotter. There are some tools to assist in this but that is a post in itself.

    You can also use this software to create 8 x 10 chart packets for the boat with your way points showing to use as backup. This will create an overview chart with grids ID'd. There is a separate page for each grid section that is a larger scale. The scale is dependent upon the scale of the original raster chart. The final product is a packet that is approximately the same size and scale as the original. They look very usable for a backup.

    It may not be the most sophisticated option but the price is right.

    I have downloaded detail maps of south central coastal areas including Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound as well as the Juneau area.

    On the same NOAA site you can download a PDF of the Coastal Pilot Series (9 for mainland Alaska) and find all the coves, bays and islands mentioned in the book on the charts. It is a good way to get a feel for an area while waiting for the snow to lift.

    This link will take you to utility to convert a file from one GPS format to another. http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/gpsbabel/. You can take a file that you created and convert it into another predefined file format. It uses GPSBabel but without the need to install or run it on your machine. It worked for me. It will also create a file that works with Google earth which is pretty cool as well.

    Great post Tolman24!
    I'm glad you and bhollis posted this good info. It works.
    I have every BSB chart that NOAA publishes on this computer, and I got them just this way.
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