A prototype version of NOAA Custom Chart, an online application to customize scale and size of nautical charts centered on a position of choice, is available for use. Once this prototype is fully developed, NOAA Custom Chart will allow boaters to create a paper or digital back-up for the electronic chart system or other GPS-enabled chart display that they are using on board, according to the NOAA Office of Coast Survey.
NOAA Custom Chart creates a geospatially referenced PDF (GeoPDF) from the NOAA electronic navigational chart database. In the final operational version of the application, chart notes and other margin notes will be placed at the bottom, below the chart neatline, similar to USGS topographic maps. The user may download, view and print the output.
There are several options for customizing the appearance of the chart data. The prototype creates charts with either the “traditional” or “simplified” symbology of the Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) used by professional mariners. Future versions of NOAA Custom Chart will add a full paper chart symbology option.
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