Folding Kayaks Forum

The user forum for
It is currently Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:31 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Charts online resource ?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:22 am 
Please post links here for your favorite online resources for purchasing charts.

Many thanks in advance !

PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:04 pm 
I don't use marine charts (except for those in GPS). For kayaking maps in my particular areas of interest (Pacific NW and Baja) I simply go to a nearest camping store and buy one of these if I decide it's worth buying after looking at it. Then, if upon further looking at home I do decide that it's good for frequent use on board, I make copies about 6"x8"of some sections, laminate and sew them together as a notebook.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:18 am 
For US waters, NOAA Booklet Charts are nice. They come as PDF files with a standard issue paper chart divided up into handy-to-print, 8.5 x 11" pages. Print just the pages (areas) you need - on waterproof paper or regular paper for use inside a decent chart case. Best of all the charts are free.

Here's the link:


PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:08 pm 
Alm wrote:

Unfortunately there seems to be nothing for sale covering the East coast, only the West.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:08 am 
No, Coastalwatersrec don't cover East. For West Coast they are more than kayaker may need, though. Places marked as "suitable campsites" are so plentiful that it makes me wonder - seems they marked so every undeveloped beach. Works in calm weather, but in windy conditions I wouldn't want to get stuck on windward side - difficult to launch the boat. Still, such boaters-oriented maps I find more useful than marine charts. If NOOA charts aren't to your liking, you may check topo maps of respective coastal regions. The only time when I needed some boating map of the East (Caribbean) I made laminated copies of selected pages from yachting guide book for that area, worked well too. Then sold the book ;-)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:17 am 
knight of the folding kayak realm

Joined: Sat Apr 16, 2005 1:06 pm
Posts: 359
Location: Spruce Head, Maine
Here is a link to waterproof charts covering the Maine to Boston area. ... x?catid=22

Most marine and kayaking shops carry these as well as non-water proof charts manufactured by another company. I have both but use the waterproof ones for kayaking.

LH Mark I
Nautiraid Grand Raid 540
SOF Greenland Kayak

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group