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Know your Knots

Know your Knots

Whether you’re a boater, boy scout or budding climber it pays to know your knots. You never know when you will need to call on your knowledge of knots to get you out of a bind. Knots are not only good to know but they’re also great fun to learn. Knot tying can be an art, craft, science and philosophy all rolled into one.

If you’re a knot novice, read on for basic tips about the different types of knots and their uses.

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Coming Soon: New Editions of Hema’s Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

New 12th Edition Hema Australia Road & 4WD Atlases

Hema have just announced the new 12th edition of their bestselling Australia Road & 4WD Atlases. Due for release on the 1st of December, the entire series has been revamped and updated. They will feature Hema’s new and much clearer easy to read cartography and nearly 20% more mapping. There’s also more detailed mapping for popular travel regions throughout the nation, think Cape York, Fraser Island, the Top End and the Kimberley and such.

All five versions of the Australia Road & 4WD Atlas are now available for pre-order.

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The Hema HX-1 Navigator

Hema Navigator HX-1

Hema Navigator has been the leader in on and off-road navigation systems since their release in 2008. The Hema Navigator HN7 launched in 2014 followed by the latest model, the Hema HX-1 Navigator, late last year. The HX-1 has improved hardware, new features and better map content to make it possible to navigate almost any Australian road or track.

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World Globes as Education Tools

World Globes as Education Tools

The world globe has been used in classrooms for decades but in our modern world, they are just as relevant as when they were first introduced. Globes are versatile because they are suitable for very young children just starting out on the schooling journey right through to those who have almost finished.  Globes can be used as a tool in science, geography and social studies classes as well as in the home.

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How to Choose the Right European Map

How to Choose the Right European Map

When it comes to European maps we are spoilt for choice. There are maps for the continent, countries, cities, and regions. Your map can make or break your day when you’re travelling but choosing the right one can be a minefield. Consider what you want to explore and how you will get around and then with a little research you can select the maps that best suits your trip.

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Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

Find the Hidden Gems in Campgrounds with a Camps Australia Wide Book

Nothing says ‘we love camping’ like having an up to date copy of the Camps Australia Wide book. You’ve probably dropped a stack of cash on the camping gear that’s in your garage so you should make the most of it by getting out and seeing the country.

But there’s no need to book six months in advance to secure your spot in a ritzy coastal town caravan park. Connect with nature by camping somewhere off the beaten track. Luckily, the latest edition Camps 9 was released a few months ago to help plan your trip. Updated every two years, new sites are added while closed or unsuitable sites are removed from the book. More than 4,000 campsites have been verified, and if you are travelling with your furry family member, over 3,200 of them are pet-friendly.

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Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

Navigators rely on their pilot charts to plan the safest and fastest route after careful consideration of the weather and ocean conditions. Long distance cruisers, boats and ships rely on their pilot charts above all else.

Pilot charts depict the prevailing weather patterns including wind directions and speeds, wave heights, ocean currents, visibility, barometric pressures, sea surface temperatures, and ice limits for each month of the year.

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An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

“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.

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Prospecting Resources to Strike it Rich

Prospecting Resources to Strike it Rich

The Gold Rush may be long gone but ‘there’s still gold in them thar hills.’ Maybe there were more hills in the United States in the 1800’s than Australia, but there is plenty of gold yet to be discovered around the lucky country.

Whether you like to prospect for gold, coins or other treasures, The Chart & Map Shop has a range of resources to help you dig it out. Atlas books, maps and guides for WA and other states will help you strike it rich. Find your gold nugget amongst this small selection or do your own search of the online shop.

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The Rising Popularity of Awesome Maps

The Rising Popularity of Awesome Maps

Things aren’t what they used to be. The world map has changed, and it seems our customers are embracing the new-age look. Sure you can still buy the traditional world maps that were drawn by talented cartographers from a time long ago. But now you can buy the brightly coloured, illustrated world maps themed with a special interest.

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