Complete Electronic Chart + Nautical Reference Library


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Complete Electronic Chart + Nautical Reference Library

 “In 2005, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began distributing United States raster and vector charts free of charge. There are also tens of thousands of pages of nautical reference material available on World Wide Web servers. However, collecting and maintaining a complete electronic chart and nautical reference library is extremely time consuming. Each year we scour the Web and harvest whatever is available in the public domain we think would be useful to boaters. This eighth edition saves you updating 4,692 charts and 180 publications. We’re pretty sure you’d rather be out on the water!”

Mark & Diana Doyle
USCG Masters and SSCA Commodores
Aboard m/v Semi-Local

Whether you already own navigation software and only need updated charts and reference materials, or you are a newbie who wants free or trial software and charts to test the e-charting waters, this 2-DVD set makes you good to go!

U.S. Raster and Vector Charts—Charts are cataloged and organized into popular cruising geographies. Chart files are standard BSB (raster) and S-57 (vector) charts provided by NOAA and the U.S. Army Corps and display in all computer-based navigation packages that support these formats.

Nautical Reference Library—This 8th edition now includes just under $3000 and almost two gigabytes of government publications, reference texts, and nautical calculators in searchable Adobe Acrobat PDF or HTML web browser format.

Free and Trial Software—Contains free and trial software applications for both PC and Macintosh operating systems.

Complete Electronic Chart + Nautical Reference Library

• Two DVD discs of charts, publications, and trial software
• 4,500+ charts
• All available NOAA raster charts (RNCs)
• All available NOAA vector charts (ENCs)
• All available USACE inland waterway charts (IENCs)
• Free and trial versions of PC and Macintosh charting and navigation software
• Nearly 200 government publications, reference texts, and nautical calculators
• Updated annually

Contains over 4,500 raster and vector chart panels, insets, extensions and cells for United States waters. Charts fall into three categories by chart source and format: (1) NOAA Raster Charts (RNCs) of U.S. coastal waters, (2) NOAA Vector Charts (ENCs) of U.S. coastal waters, and (3) U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vector Charts (IENCs) for U.S. inland waterways.

NOAA Raster Charts (RNCs) Number of Charts
New England 214 Charts
New York, New Jersey, New York Canals, and Great Lakes 697 Charts
Chesapeake & Delaware Bays 138 Charts
Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) 199 Charts
Florida Keys 78 Charts
Gulf of Mexico 220 Charts
Alaska 393 Charts
West Coast 293 Charts
Pacific & Caribbean Islands (U.S. Possessions) 148 Charts

NOAA RNCs are standard BSB raster format files with complete coverage of U.S. coastal waters and U.S. possessions.

NOAA Vector Charts (ENCs) Number of Charts
NOAA Vector Charts (ENCs) All Available

NOAA ENCs are standard S-57 vector format files covering U.S. coastal waters.

USACE Vector Charts (IENCs) Number of Charts
USACE Vector Charts (IENCs) All Available

USACE IENCs are standard S-57 vector format files of U.S. Inland Waterways. Note: for Great Loopers, coverage from Chicago, IL to Mobile, AL is now complete. 


The following 33 groups of government publications, reference texts, and nautical calculators are included on the 2-DVD set, comprising a total of 180 volumes.

No Publication Volumes
1 American Practical Navigator (Bowditch) 1
2 Atlas of Pilot Charts 5
3 Canadian Coast Guard Radio Aids to Navigation 2
4 Chart No. 1: Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations, and Terms 1
5 Chart No. 1 and Encoding Guide: USACE Inland Electronic Navigational Chart 1
6 Distances Between Ports Pub. 151 1
7 Distances Between U.S. Ports 1
8 Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 1
9 Handbook of Magnetic Compass Adjustment 1
10 International Code of Signals Pub. 102 1
11 Magnetic Variation Charts 2
12 Marine Weather Service Charts 15
13 Mariner’s Guide for Hurricane Awareness 1
14 MF and HF Channels 1
15 Nautical Calculators 34
16 Nautical Chart User’s Manual 1
17 Navigation Rules (International & Inland) 1
18 NGA List of Lights 7
19 NOAA Coast Pilots 9
20 NOAA Hurricane Basics 1
21 NWS Observing Handbook No. 1 1
22 Radar Navigation and Maneuvering Board Manual Pub. 1310 3
23 Radio Navigation Aids Pub. 117 1
24 Sailing Directions (Enroute) 38
25 Sailing Directions (Planning Guides) 5
26 Sight Reduction Tables Pub. 229 6
27 Sight Reduction Tables for Air Navigation Pub. 249 3
28 State Chart Catalogs 25
29 The (CIA) World Factbook 1
30 USCG Light Lists 7
31 U.S. VHF Channels 1
32 World Port Index Pub. 150 1
33 WW Marine Radiofax Broadcast Schedules 1


The 2-DVD set includes the following free and trial software applications. SeaClear II is fully-functional e-charting freeware for the PC. The remaining applications either limit functionality (such as restricting the number of waypoints or routes) or have a built-in time expiration (such as a 30-day trial period).

Application OS Version
Fugawi Marine ENC PC Trial
Sping SeaClear II PC Free
TIKI Navigator PC Trial
GPSNavX MacENC Mac Trial


Included charts are standard BSB (raster) or S-57 (vector) format files, unchanged from their distribution by NOAA or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Therefore, any software application that supports these standard formats (not all applications support both BSBs and S-57s) can display the charts. We've personally loaded and tested the files on the 19 popular applications listed below. The charts should be compatible with additional applications, such as Deckman, Expedition, GPSy, Henry Navigation, MacGPS Pro, NavGator, Offshore Navigator, PassagePlus, SeaTrack, and Tridentnav, depending on that application's specific BSB and/or S-57 support.

Application Company OS
Admiral Jeppesen Marine (Nobeltec) PC
BoatCruiser NavSim Technology PC
The Capn Maptech PC
Chart Navigator Pro Maptech PC
Coastal Explorer Rose Point Navigation PC
Easy View CARIS PC
Fugawi Marine ENC Northport Systems (Fugawi) PC
MaxSea Furuno PC
NavimaQ Barco Software Mac
NavPak Global Navigation Software Company PC
OziExplorer OziExplorer PC
RayTech RNS Raymarine PC
SailCruiser NavSim Technology PC
SeaClear II Sping PC
Software-On-Board DigiBOAT PC
TIKI Navigator TIKI Navigator PC
VNS (Visual Navigation Suite) Jeppesen Marine (Nobeltec) PC


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