When you’re as girt by sea as this brown land, access to accurate offshore charts is pretty important. This big island of ours has no less than 570 charts covering the coastal waters, off-lying reefs and small islands. But if you are circumnavigating the continent, you don’t want to deal with that many different charts. The people at Memory Map have put together a DVD that compiles them all in one easy to use place.
QuickCharts includes digital copies of the Australian Navy charts which the Australian Hydrographic Service has been publishing since 1942. Since that time commercial fishing and recreational vessels have relied on the charts for navigating our often treacherous waters. The Royal Australian Navy also uses these charts, so their level of accuracy is excellent.
Other sources include the Western Australian Department of Transport, Queensland MSQ charts and the Great Barrier Reef Zoning charts. The scales range from 1:25,000 to 1:50,000 and there are also handy insets for harbours and waterways where you need more detail.
Features of the DVD
The DVD includes the Memory-Map navigator software, so no other purchase is required. Plan your route with distances, bearings and travel estimates. You can even print your charts with any symbols or notes you have made. By connecting a GPS, you can use your laptop or pocket PC as a complete chart plotter. The 3D World function allows you to see a virtual landscape of the coastal topography. QuickCharts Australia is available for Windows PC, Android, iPhone/iPad. You can download the charts to two of your PC’s and two mobile devices, perfect for planning on land and using at sea.
QuickCharts New Zealand
If you are heading east, you can purchase a separate QuickCharts DVD for New Zealand. Comprising the entire catalogue of NZ Navy Charts of the mainland and south-west Pacific Islands, the charts are kept accurate with annual updates. Over 290 charts and chartlets cover the area. Data is sourced from Land Information New Zealand.
A professional features upgrade is available for tracking third parties and assets, collision avoidance, large format printing and overlaying data.
If you are heading out on the open water, be sure to pick up a copy of QuickCharts Australia and QuickCharts New Zealand. If you have any queries about QuickCharts, call The Chart & Map Shop on (08) 9335 8665 or contact us online.