Free Charts Available for US Waters
Great news for yachts visiting the USA this winter - you can now visit anywhere in US waters with the benefit of free charts everywhere you go.
The US Government announced recently that, as a cost-saving measure, after April 2014 they would no longer print navigational charts. This means it is currently possible to download almost every navigational chart in the NOAA catalog for free, but be quick as this opportunity may soon end.
To download your free charts, follow these steps:
1. Find the charts you are looking for with the Chart Catalog http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/ccatalogs.htm
2. Write down the numbers of the charts you want
3. Go to the PDF list http://www.charts.noaa.gov/PDFs/ and right click on them to choose ”Save linked file as” and give the file your own reference name.