|Some of the new charts for my round |
And don't forget to budget for electronic charts for the plotter and any navigation software. An electronic tidal stream atlas and tide tables are also useful, "Imray Tides" on iPad is good or, at a price, the Admiralty "Total Tide" application on PC is the most accurate available.
For the Scottish Islands copies of the "Antares charts" are well worth the investment, just £15 for over 500 very detailed charts of small areas and very useful information on each anchorage, they will require a free or cheap viewer if your navigation software does not support the format. Or for £20 you can get MemoryMap software which works well with Antares charts and can be run on multiple PC, Mac, iPad, or Android devices with one licence.
The Memory map software also supports UKHO charts that are very good value, and gets you the full set of 850 charts covering UK and Ireland with seamless integration with the Antares charts. I have now discontinued my Imray Navigator update subscription in favour of Memory Map.
|The Memorymap app displaying an Admiralty chart as I wend|
my way out of the Isles of Scilly, not long after low water.
Update: At the end of March 2021 this arrived in my in box.
"These charts are now only available as an annual subscription, with map updates, for £25. This means that you receive a free update when the 2022 edition is released, but your license to use the maps expires 1 year from your purchase. The reason we are not offering a perpetual license is that the best naviational [sic] practice is to use the latest available charts. The subscription license ensures that you always have access to the latest charts."
Amendments will be being issued until December 2022, after that the individual charts will be available at £15 each with a maximum discount of 75% for >= 15, so all of the charts in Folio 5611 - West Coast of Scotland, Mull of Kintyre to Point of Ardnamurchan would cost £93.75 up from c £45. And there is an implication that the charts are likely to only be available from specialist companies who can do Print on Demand.At these prices they are unlikely to be economic when a large area needs to be covered and certainly not competitive with Imray.
SC5600 Solent and approaches.
Leisure Folio charts in artist's
- SC5604 Channel Islands.
- SC5609 North West Wales including Menai Straits (not yet used as I ended up going up the coast of Ireland due to weather and Covid-19 delays making a trip through the straights impractical especially with the tides out of sync).
- SC5611 West Coast of Scotland - Mull of Kintyre to Point of Ardnamurchan.
- SC5616 Scotland West Coast - Point of Ardnamurchan to Shiant Islands.
- SC5622 Ireland South Coast, Waterford to Kinsale.
- SC5623 Ireland, SW Coast.
- 2100 Kent and Sussex Coasts Chart Atlas.
- 2300 Devon & Dorset.
- 2400 West Country Chart Atlas (incl. Scilly).
- 2510 North Brittany.
- C1 Thames Estuary (Not strictly necessary as C28 and 2100 cover the area but this one makes is much easier to visualise the entire route from the Downs to north of Felixstowe through all of the banks and restricted areas.
- C6 Salcombe to Lizard Point. C6 and C7 are not strictly necessary as they are covered by folios but the folio sheets frequently are not conveniently segmented, these give good overviews and make for easier course plotting.
- C7 Falmouth to Scilly & Trevose Head.
- C10 Western English Channel Passage Chart (for the JBC).
- C18 Western Approaches to the English Channel & Bay of Biscay.
- C23 Fife Ness to Moray Firth.
- C24 Flamborough Head to Fife Ness.
- C29 Harwich to Whitby
- C53 Donegal Bay to Rathlin Island.
- C54 Galway Bay to Donegal Bay.
- C55 Dingle Bay to Galway Bay.
- C61 St George's Channel.
- C62 Irish Sea.
- C63 Firth of Clyde (Not used - yet).
- C64 North Channel.
- C67 North Minch and Isle of Lewis.
- C68 Cape Wrath to Wick and the Orkney Islands.
- 35 Scapa Flow & approaches, not really necessary but I took it because of my interest in the areas Naval history.
- 123 Western Approaches to Saint George's Channel and Bristol Channel (used for the JBC).
- 1942 Fair Isle to Wick
- 2502 Eddrachillis Bay (there was a couple of places I thought I might go to (and did, although not #1 on the list) that were off of folio 5615 and not covered by C67).
- 2722 Skerryvore to Saint Kilda.
- 2802 Sound of Harris.
- 3282 Shetland Islands North-East Sheet.
- 3283 Shetland Islands South Sheet.
Added for Round Ireland:
- 2495 Kenmare river 1:30,000 (Dursey Snd 1:12:500)
- 2789 Dingle Bay and Smerwick Harbour 1:60,000
- 1820 Aran Islands to Roonah Head 1:75,000
- 3339 Approaches to Galway Bay including the Aran Islands 1:50,000
When costal sailing I will usually have the small scale charts on the chart table ready for use and the more detailed ones quickly available - often with the folio open on the saloon table - just in case.
Pilots / Sailing Directions
- CCC Firth of Clyde
- CCC Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Pilot.
- CCC Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath Pilot.
- CCC Orkney & Shetland Islands Pilot 2nd Ed 2020 (This one is particularly important).
- CCC Sailing Directions and Anchorages - Outer Hebrides.
- Shell Channel Pilot 2017 edition.
- RCCPF Isles of Scilly Pilot 5th Ed.
- RCCPF Channel Isles, Cherbourg Peninsula & N Brittany (PlayBook).
- Cruising Scotland (Playbook) - not needed but a decent read with stunning photos almost all in perfect weather!
- Imray Irish Sea Pilot.
- Imray Cook's Country, Spurn Head to St Abbs.
- Imray North Sea Passage Pilot.
- Imray Cruising Cork & Kerry.
- Irish Cruising Club - S & W coasts of Ireland Sailing Directions.