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|Raster Charts||Vector Charts|
|River Raster Charts I haven't found the river charts in raster format, but they may be there somewhere. If you find them, please email me||River Vector Charts: Army Corps of Engineers For River charts in vector (IENC®) format, go to the Army Corps of Engineers site. Scroll down and click on the rectangular button that says "Download" (The link below the button is for charts in the shapefile format. If you know what that is, you may want to use that link instead.) This will take you to a page that will let you choose to download by graphical area or by chart numbers. If you plan to download all the charts, the text version is much easier. You can click on all of them and download them all in one session.|
|Coastal Raster Charts: NOAA Raster Navigational Charts For Coastal Waters charts in raster (RNC™) format, go to the NOAA Raster Navigational Charts site. Scroll down and click on the button that says "Proceed to NOAA RNC™ (BSB) Downloads" This will take you to a page that will let you choose to download by graphical area or by chart numbers. If you plan to download all the charts, the text version is much easier. You can only download 100 charts at a time, so for the 1016 charts now available, it'll take you 11 download sessions. NEW - new download page. Get them all in one download: at Chart Downloader for NOAA RNCs. I am leaving the above links in place for now, but they are going away in favor of these new links.||Coastal Vector Charts: NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts For Coastal Waters charts in vector (ENC®) format, go to the NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts site. Scroll down and click on the button that says "Proceed to NOAA ENC® Downloads" This will take you to a page that will let you choose to download by graphical area or by chart numbers. If you plan to download all the charts, there is a link to download all available charts (about 310mbs). NEW - new download page. Get them all in one download: at Chart Downloader for NOAA ENCs. I am leaving the above links in place for now, but they are going away in favor of these new links.|
|Copyright Notices: The BSB file format is the sole property of Maptech, Inc. and as such is protected by U.S. and International foreign copyright and patent laws. “NOAA ®” and the NOAA ® emblem are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA RNC™ is a trademark of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA ENC® is a registered trademark of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Maptech” and the Maptech emblem are registered trademarks of Maptech, Inc. “BSB File Format” is a trademark of Maptech, Inc.|
|Raster Charts of Brazil:||Vector Charts of South China Sea:|
|Raster Charts of Brazil and Antartica Click "Cartas Náuticas" on the left side. Then "Cartas Digitais " at the top. Then "Download" at the top of the page. Note: This is a secure http site, but their certificate is not valid. So you will get warning messages (different messages for different browsers). Since it is not asking for any personal information, this is no problem. Just click whatever you have to to get it to let you use the site.||Vector Charts of the South China Sea You have to sign up to get these. But note: It only requires a Name and E-mail address. All the other information is optional.|
|Inland Vector Charts of Romania:||Inland Vector Charts of Netherlands:|
Inland Vector Charts of Romania
It's the row of zip downloads across the top all starting with "3r5d".
Inland Vector Charts of Netherlands
The above link takes you to the main page.
The second line of menu buttons are red-ish.
Click on "ENC's".
(It has been reported tha some people can't see the words on this menu bar, so it's the 6th button from the left.)
Click on "Testdata".
Click on "Download Allen" in the lower right corner.
If you want to go straight to the download, try This download
Warning - Some of these charts have caused OpenCPN to hang.
The developer for OpenCPN is working on this.
Also, there are duplicates of many of the files in different folders.
With some of them, the sizes don't match.
I am working to determine which ones are the best to use.
I'll post the results when I get that done.
For a list of the charts and what I've found so far, click here
|Inland Vector Charts of Croatia:||Inland Vector Charts of Austria:|
|Inland Vector Charts of Croatia||Inland Vector Charts of Austria The charts are found under the heading: "*Folgende geographische Dateien stehen zum Download zur Verfügung:* "|
|Inland Vector Charts of Switzerland:||Inland Vector Charts of Czech Republic:|
|Inland Vector Charts of Switzerland Click this link: [INLAND ENC Hochrhein 2.zip]||dead link Inland Vector Charts of Czech Republic Updated link. 4 charts here. Click on the pale blue "down arrow" icons and choose SAVE-AS. Note: These are not zip files but the actual charts. Firefox defaulted to opening it as a Firefox document. This can hang up Firefox terribly. Ask me how I know.|
|Inland Vector Charts of Serbia:||Sample Vector Chart of Great Barrier Reef|
|dead link Inland Vector Charts of Serbia Updated link. The two downloads are marked "Dunav" and "Tisa" and "Sava"||Great Barrier Reef - Sample chart Just a single free sample chart - the charts for Australia are not free.|
|Inland Vector Charts of Bulgaria & Romania:||Inland Vector Charts of Hungary|
|Inland Vector Charts of Bulgaria and Romania The Bulgarian-Romanian sector of the Danube.||Inland Vector Charts of Hungary The Hungarian Sector of the Danube.|
|Inland Vector Charts of Belgium:||Miscelaneous other charts - Mostly rivers|
|dead link Choose "Downloads", then open directory "Digitale vaarkaarten" Inland Vector Charts of Belgium Updated link. Looks like now you should click on IENC_Vlaanderen.zip to download, or download the individual charts from the various directories.||Slowakian Sava Drava Danube Danube (more) Panama Canal approaches on the Caribbean side Argentina - Chile Brazil|
|German Rivers, Canals:||France - some parts|
|German Rivers - Canals select a river (eg. donau) - a new page will open Click the ceckbos at "Ich Bestatige", this is a confirmation that you will follow the rules/lizenz (eg. private use) Then click button "ENC-Datei..."||NEW French Charts Looks like there are individual .zips for each chart|
|Other Charts of :||Garmin Conversions|
|Got any more? email me.||NEW Waterways Many European ENC river charts converted to Garmin format.|
|Raster Charts||Vector Charts|
|Raster Charts: Raster charts are really just a scanned image of the paper charts. And they take up a lot of room on your disk. For a set of vector charts that takes about 1gb, the same set of raster charts might be 5-6gb. When you zoom out, the text becomes unreadable. When you zoom in, it becomes pixelated (grainy). But, they look just like the paper charts, so they are familiar. They can also be read by just about any navigation software you may have. The same format can also be used for topographic maps, arial photographs and sattelite images. Note: The raster charts come in seperate folders. To see these charts in Nobeltec, you'll have to specify each folder. That's a major pain, so I copied all the charts into one folder and it works great. It took a REALLY major amount of time to copy 6000+ files from 1100+ folders, so I am going to check on the legality of offering these already combined into one folder on DVD for a small material and handling fee. If you would be interested in this, please email me Update: It looks like I will be able to offer the DVD, I am just waiting to see if they accept my application.||Vector Charts: Vector charts are stored by object, Say, like a buoy. Each object has has information stored about it, like lat/lon, elevation, type, color, number, etc. When you veiw those charts, the objects that should show on your screen are found and then drawn in the place they should show. This has two advantages over raster charts. First, they take up a LOT less room on disk. Second, when drawing, the program can draw the text information the same size no matter what the zoom level. Also, objects can be added in as you zoom in. The objects can be made to be "clickable", so information can be called up by putting your mouse over them. You can turn layers on/off, so you can turn off depth markings so the bouy numbers show better. Some programs can turn lights on/off depending on whether you should be able to see them from your location. There are two disadvantages, however. First, right now there are a limited number of navigation programs that will use these charts (that is, the ENCs. Several manufacturers have their own propriatary type of vector charts). I have tried out the Fugawi program (about $200) and it is pretty good. It isn't nearly as feature rich or easy to use as my Nobeltec, but it works for the ENCs. But it's use of the raster charts is poor, so I can't see using it as my only navigation solution. The second disadvantage is that they haven't finished producing the charts, so coverage is spotty. But both of these disadvantages will be fixed in the future. Already there are more charts available than when I first looked a couple of months ago. Note: The vector charts come in seperate folders. Fugawi will find them in these folders. If you copy them all to one folder to make them easier to find, Fugawi will NOT find them. Ask me how I know...|
|Body of Water||Miles||Charts||District||Online Charts|
|Allegheny River||0-73 (all)||1-21 (all)||Pittsburgh||Gone|
|Black Warrior River|
|Cumberland River||0-380.9 (all)||1-62 (all)||Nashville||Online|
|Illinois Waterway All||0-330 (all)||1-142 (all)||Rock Island||Gone|
|Illinois Waterway-Lower||0-330 (all)||1-142 (all)||St. Louis||Gone|
|Kanawha River||0-90 (all)||1-19 (all)||Gone|
|Kaskaskia River||St. Louis|
|Kentucky River||0-87 (all)||1-13 (all)||Gone|
|Lower Mississippi River|
|Lower Mississippi River|
|Upper Mississippi River||0-256||1-21||St. Louis||Gone|
|Upper Mississippi River||257-772||22-95||St. Louis||Gone|
|Missouri River - Lower||St. Louis|
|Missouri River - Upper|
|Tennessee River||0-602.3 (all)||1-118 (all)||Nashville||Online|
|Other rivers I should include?||email me|