Posted: March 25, 2016
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PROVIDE CHARTER TIPS
Help the people chartering your boat to create a safe itinerary that will suit their travel needs and wishes. Explain how the plotter works and indicate any hazardous area. Suggest where they can safely anchor and get supplies.
SELECT A GOOD PLOTTER
Equip your boat with a reliable plotter; it should be water resistant, user-friendly and of a well-known brand. Moreover, you may want to suggest the person chartering the boat downloads a navigation mobile app as this can be a useful reference tool and a backup GPS to the chart plotter.
KEEP THE PLOTTER SOFTWARE AND THE CHARTS UP-TO-DATE
Download the latest plotter software version to make sure you are familiar with the latest features. To do this, you can visit the manufacturer’s website. Always stock the latest charts and update them regularly. Aids to navigation are constantly modified and other important features may change from one season to the next.
IDENTIFY YOUR PLOTTER CARD
In some cases, plotters come with bundled cards, which may offer simplified and basic cartography; we suggest you check and compare it to other charts you may have (on the plotter, print, mobile or online). It is always safer to have fully-featured charts so it is advised to upgrade to a more detailed version.
PROVIDE MULTIPLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION
It is advisable to equip your boat with multiple chart sources since all nautical charts are liable to errors. If you find any discrepancy, report it to the chart manufacturer and download the updated chart version when available.