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s/v Sand Dollar

 - posted July 19, 2006 03:35 PM      Profile for s/v Sand Dollar           Edit/Delete Post 
What is the best source of charts for the Marquesas? Are there echarts as well as paper charts?
From: Underway in Mexico
David Burch

 - posted July 20, 2006 05:23 PM      Profile for David Burch           Edit/Delete Post 
We outline this process in some detail in our product called Chart Trainer, with a list of the international hydrographic offices, etc.

first there is one US chart of the full group and one UK chart of full group, but no individual charts. for these best bet is likely France or AU or NZ

You can find these chart sources online with some research. Generally, the best place to start for international charts is the international hydrographic office. You can reach them at http://www.iho.shom.fr then you can surf around there to find member states and you will end up on this page: http://www.iho.shom.fr/MEM_STATES/IHO_Member_States.htm

then go to the French Hydrographic Office from that link and you will end up finally on this page


which shows each island chart. Their single chart of the grorup is on


Captains Nautical Supply in Seattle has these French charts in stock. www.cantainsnauticalsupply.com a company that has been in business for some 105 years or so.

It might be that the French agency has both echarts and paper charts, which you can find with some searching around. Remember that Google has a slick feature of translating any webpage automatically for you if needed.


then do the same with the Australian and NewZealand HOs and you are done.

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