How to find the nautical chart you need using the NOAA Chart Locator
Finding the paper chart(s) you need can be easy using the NOAA Chart Locator.
The Chart Locator is an interactive map that highlights the areas covered by NOAA charts.
This is how it looks when you land on the webpage
1. The first thing to do when looking for a paper chart is select the PAPER CHARTS tab. (see illustration below)
Click the PAPER CHARTS tab
2. At this point, you have a few options to find your chart.
- Zoom into the area and find it manually
- Search by place name
- Search by chart number
Zooming is fairly straightforward. Simply use the + or - buttons, your mouse wheel, or click on a quadrant to zoom into that area.
Searching can be faster in some cases. At the top of the interactive map there is a field where you can enter your search terms. The default is search by place names. You may also search by chart number. To do this, use the pulldown menu next to the search field to select chart number.
Use the pulldown menu to select your search type
3. Chart information
When you locate and select the chart quadrant, a menu will open on the right side of the map. This menu will display the specific details of that chart, including the number, the scale, the area covered, and the latest revision date.
The menu on the right shows all the relevant details of the selected chart
Once you have found the chart you are looking for it's easy to determine the adjacent charts in the area. In some cases there is overlap of different charts, or there may be one chart covering a large area with numerous smaller charts nested within. In other cases there may be only one option that covers the area you need, and often times that chart is much larger than expected.
Some areas have so many charts that it can be time consuming to determine which ones you need.
Paradise Cay Publications can print custom sized charts and also expand specific areas to the size you require. Feel free to inquire with us about custom charts.
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