“The prudent mariner will not rely solely on any single aid to navigation.”
The adage is printed on charts and listed on electronic device software for a reason. Putting all your faith in electronic devices when you’re at sea can be perilous. Accidents at sea have been blamed on outdated software, un-calibrated or non-functioning NAV equipment. Sailors and navigators the world over know that a failure of their device could mean disaster for their ship and crew. By all means, use electronic devices but always have an updated paper chart with you, the lives of your crew may depend upon it.
Nautical charts are vital navigational tools. The charts provide clear, concise information about ocean depths and coastal features and display accurate information about lights, beacons, piles, nautical limits and navigational hazards. For thousands of years, charts have stood the test of time and are no less relevant in the modern world.
Check out the extensive range of charts we have on offer. All charts are fully corrected weekly and up to date with the latest Notices to Mariners so you can purchase with confidence.
The Department of Transport produces charts to specifications based on those of the International Hydrographic Organisation, the worldwide charting standardisation authority. We can print the map you require in full colour on high-quality map paper. Check out a few samples of popular Western Australian charts including Rottnest Island, Jurien Bay and Exmouth.
The Australian Hydrographic Service produces over 400 paper charts, and every one we stock is fully corrected and updated with the latest Notice to Mariners. The RAN is responsible for hydrographic surveying, nautical charting and the provision of hydrographic services as required by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Some of their charts include Cape Leeuwin to Esperance, Dampier Archipelago, and Port Jackson.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office produces over 3,300 Standard Nautical and thematic charts for seas and waterways all over the world. The charts can be used for passage planning, ocean crossings, coastal navigation and entering ports. Use the largest scale nautical chart available. The UKHO’s catalogue page is available, but you can always email us for help with finding the right chart.
Accessories for your Charts
Your chart is only as good as its last update. Remember to check for updates before you set out.
Keep your charts up to date and accurate with a stencil and a fine line pen. The easy to use stencil should be used in conjunction with the US Nautical Chart No. 1 or UK Admiralty Chart 5011 to assist with symbol identification.
Even with perfect eyesight, you will need a magnifying glass to read a chart’s smallest print. The felt lined bottom will protect the surface of your chart and the brass is brushed and lacquered, so it won’t show the fingerprints. Imprint or engrave the brass for the perfect keepsake gift.