International Maritime Signal Flags

International Maritime Signal Flags

Ships that pass in the night,

and speak each other in passing,

only a signal shown,

and a distant voice in the darkness,

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet, 1807-1882


International marine signal flags are used by ships to spell out short messages, used individually or as part of a combination for a special meaning. For ceremonial and festive occasions ships can be dressed in marine signal flags with the flags strung from the rigging either end to end or bow to stern.


Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

HX1 vs HN7

Loads of people ask what the differences between the Hema HX-1 and HN7 are. In the interests of brevity, here’s a chart that outlines all the key differences. Which model is right for you depends a little bit on your needs. To be honest, there are only really two key things that, if you need, would lean you towards the old model – the ability to connect a reversing camera and the option to load your own maps on to it. If neither of those things are important to you, the new model is better in pretty much every other way.


The Top 10: Sailing Resources

The Top 10: Sailing ResourcesWhether you are just starting out or you’re an experienced sailor, there are plenty of materials to expand your knowledge about travelling on the high seas. You will find the perfect book, map or guide to learn how to rig, chart, read symbols, race, teach your kids sailing and even speak like a true sailor.


What to Consider for your Next Camping Trip


What to Consider for your Next Camping Trip

Have you been camping since you were a toddler or starting out a little later in life? It doesn’t matter, there’s always something new to learn. Before you set off on the road you’ll need to consider everything from your vehicle to accommodation, meals and sights. Here are a few tips and resources to get you started.


Walking the Bibbulmun Track Maps and Guidebooks


Western Australia boasts one of the world’s longest walking trails in the world. The Bibbulmun Track stretches 1,000 km from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany in the south-west. The Track is popular with locals, interstate and overseas visitors alike. Choose a section of the Track for a day of amazing scenery or challenging walks or, if you’re game, tackle the whole Track.  Due to its size, the Track is divided into nine sections.


The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Under $40


Whether you are looking for something educational for the stocking or a gift for the relative who has everything, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of Christmas goodies available right now at The Chart & Map Shop. For more suggestions, check out our online Gift Guide with its handy search categories. If you still find yourself aimlessly wandering around the virtual store or shop, just ask one of the friendly staff, we’re full of good gift ideas!


Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

Hema HX-1 Navigator

Ok ok ok… I admit it… I love tech stuff. It’s so fun! New gadgets just make my day! And when you combine tech and off-road exploring… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! So when the Chart and Map shop contacted me offering a Hema HX-1 Naviagtor to play with… well… the conversation went something like this:

Them on the phone to me sitting at home: “Hi! Just wondering if you’d like to grab a Hema HX-1 off us to review.”

Me moments later running through their front door: “GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!”

Having had experience with the previous version, the Hema HN7, getting the opportunity to get my paws on Hema’s latest and greatest was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

So let’s take a look at it shall we?


Stay Safe While Four Wheel Driving this Wet Season

Stay Safe While Four Wheel Driving this Wet Season

Western Australia’s coastline between Broome and Exmouth is the most cyclone-prone region in Australia. The tropical cyclone season between November and April can see an average of five tropical cyclones in the area. Two of these will cross the coast and one will be severe. Of all the severe cyclones in Australia since 1970, 75% were in WA. If you are planning a four wheel drive trip around WA’s top end during the wet season, it’s important to be prepared.


5 Ways to Decorate your Home with Vintage Travel Posters

Vintage Travel Posters

You might have heard us mention it once or twice; we’re into travel. All kinds of travel. From present day to the golden era of travel a century ago.

This little travel obsession has led us to stock iconic vintage posters all telling stories of travel from another time. World War One propaganda posters made way for travel posters depicting country and city destinations as well as modes of transport including air, auto, rail and sea.

The striking colours and eye-catching graphics make vintage travel posters a budget-friendly way to decorate your home or business. Original travel posters in excellent condition can sell for thousands of dollars at auction but for just $20 you can adorn the walls of your home or business with reproduction prints.



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