Booklet Charts

Apparently, charts got cheaper in the three years I have been boatless. Thanks to the intertubes, I just discovered NOAA’s experimental Booklet Charts at I was always a little annoyed by the lack of cheap chart reproduction for recreational boaters. After all, the NOAA charts are collected using tax dollars from us. So I figured they charts should be free. The raster charts have always been free. But unless you had access to an ultra wide printer, you were going to have trouble printing them. 3rd parties might charge 20 bucks or more per chart. So getting a set of charts for, say, the east coast was going to cost hundreds of dollars.

NOAA just made it a lot easier. For the price of some paper and some plastic page protectors, I used my home printer to create a 75% size set of paper charts, organized on 8.5″x11″ paper.

the outside cover

the inside

Help Us Name Our Boat

We are busy selecting a boat name for our new (to us) J80. Some of the candidates (in no particular order) are:

  • Firefly
  • Dingleberry
  • Oblivious
  • Persistent
  • Fill Your Hands
  • Dancing Bear
  • Lump
  • Bad Habit
  • Banana Pancake
  • Boll Weevil
  • Kessel Run
  • Inconceivable
  • Completely By Feel
  • Foreshpiel
  • Inverted Uterus
  • Drama Queen
  • Taconite
  • Gameron
  • Sweet Sauce
  • Anchor Scratcher