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Get Print On Demand charts
– the only charts you can buy that are guaranteed to be up to date!
New York Sailing Center is proud to be
a dealer for Print On Demand, the state of the art in today's charts.
POD charts are a collaborative effort
between NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Ocean
Grafix LLC. POD charts match standard versions of National Oceanic
and Atmoshperic Administration (NOAA) charts, but they are not printed
until you order them, so they are automatically corrected with the most
recent weekly Notice to Mariners, NGA (formerly NIMA) corrections, and
NOAA critical notices.
No other charts offer this. There
are a variety of commercial chart publishers (for-profit businesses), such
as Waterproof Charts, Richardson’s, Maptech, Capt. Seagull’s, etc. But
none of them - not even standard NOAA issue charts - are printed fresh
when you order them. All these charts are probably out of date when
you buy them “new!” It doesn't matter if they are NOAA approved -
most charts are. That just means they are reproduced from the government
versions. But just like NOAA standard charts, they are not
reprinted often, meaning they don't have any corrections or updates since
the government's last printed edition of the chart, and that is usually
a matter of years
In the past, you had to buy a chart, then
go back in time through Local Notice to Mariners corrections and see how
many applied to your chart. Of course, you had to do this for every
chart you carried. Now you can order an NOAA chart that is current
and correct when it's printed for you.
POD charts have better graphics
other charts. The printing is crisper with much better color contrast.
They are not cluttered with GPS waypoints, fishing spots, or other extraneous
information that gets in the way of reading the damn thing. In fact,
coastal (medium) scale charts can be ordered without Loran lines at no
extra charge, eliminating the single largest amount of clutter on previous
POD charts are NOAA approved, SOLAS
and meet US Coast Guard carriage requirements.
* Choose from water-resistant
paper or laminated versions. The water resistant paper is the same
stock used in standard NOAA flat charts, which is easy to fold. The
lightly laminated versions are still foldable, but are essentially waterproof.
You can still plot on them with a pencil, and easily erase! We recommend
this version for the vast majority of users. (We also recommend rolling
charts if you expect to plot courses on them, if space permits.)
* POD charts have important bonus info
printed on the left margin. "Recreational" versions offer weather
info, accident reporting info, and other items. "Commercial" versions
list important VHF channels, phone numbers, selected tide and current differences,
and abridged Coast Pilots. We recommend the Commercial versions for
most users. There is no extra charge: choose the version you like
when you order.
* Coastal scale and general charts can
be ordered without Loran lines. This means vastly reduced chart clutter
and much easier plotting. As Loran is getting pretty obsolescent
due to GPS, this free option makes a lot of sense.
* We can help you choose the right charts.
Consult us if you don't have an NOAA chart catalog handy. POD charts
are available for every NOAA standard flat chart, so you can get charts
for the entire Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts and parts of the Carribbean
$21 for paper; $25 for laminated.
Shipping & handling is charged as applicable. If
you're not in a hurry, and you're picking up your chart/s here, we'll piggy-back
your order with a few others, and S&H can be as little as
If you want the chart/s shipped to your address, then S&H will run
between $10 and $15, but it's convenient and quick: one or
two days. Express Saver, Snail Mail, and Pony Express are not options.
The charts are only shipped out overnight from the printer.
|(A view from the north east
corner of City Island, home of New York Sailing Center. You're looking
at High Island, which is connected by a foot bridge to City Island.)
Our anchorage, as viewed from near our
docks. The area is secluded, yet the boats are moored in productive
sailing waters so no time is wasted getting to them! Our anchorage
is the most beautiful and sheltered on City Island, with quick access to
the open Long Island Sound from two directions.
at the other extreme...
|(The Hudson River, as seen
from on the water off the Chelsea area looking toward New Jersey.)
...an all too typical scene in the New
York Harbor/Hudson River area. The Circle Line stops for no
one, least of all our competitors' sailboats. We snapped this photo
while delivering our 6th Beneteau from Haverstraw down and around Manhattan.
Section of a large scale or "harbor" chart
of the City Island area.
|Here's a section of the chart of our local
City Island Harbor and the
western end of Long Island Sound.
City Island and Hart Island are adjacent in the middle; Orchard Beach is
visible above City Island. On the bottom right is Kings Point in
Long Island, where the Merchant Marine Academy is located. The Throggs
Neck Bridge is slightly out of sight to the bottom left; Stepping Stone
Light House is centered on the bottom.
|NYSC is at the north end of City Island
Harbor, the waters between the two islands. This protects us from
strong weather from all directions and also from commercial traffic in
the open Sound. Yet, we can easily access the Sound from 2 directions
for navigation excursions and other "legs" requiring more distance.
Winds tend to be reliable and steady due
to the topography here: it's not like sailing on a lake or enclosed bay
with shifty, variable winds that are tough for racers to figure out, let
alone novices. They funnel steadily up, down or across City Island
Harbor and the Sound, making your learning experience easier and more enjoyable.