Charting Big Waters

Great lakes chartbooks cover entire region

Published online: Jul 19, 2006 News
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The first waterproof chartbooks of the Great Lakes are now available from Maptech. These rugged charts cover the cruising and fishing areas of western Lake Erie, including Lake St. Clair, and Lake Michigan. The continuous large-scale chart coverage, combined with the durability of the pages, is very appealing for sailors, fishing boats, trawlers, and trailer boats.
The four-color charts are easy to read and brighter than the dull colors that are traditionally found on other paper products and small chart plotters. The books' dimensions, 12 inches by 17 inches, are perfect for open-console and cockpit use - it's like having a large color chart plotter for under $70 that needs no batteries and can be exposed to any weather.
For those looking for high-tech gadgetry, Maptech includes a companion CD that features the identical charts found in the waterproof chartbook as well as real-time navigation software that can be used on a laptop or a personal computer. The digital charts and software are free with the book, which makes the package a real bargain for anyone who is contemplating navigation solutions for their boat.
GPS waypoints are included on each chart page and clearly noted--just enter the coordinates into your GPS and you're ready to cruise. Whether you're a GPS novice or pro this feature simplifies using your GPS and gives you a large size waterproof chart to view your destinations easily.

The Great Lakes: Coverage
Southern Lake Michigan, Ed. 1: Chicago and north to Milwaukee and Manitowac, WI, and Muskegon and Ludington, MI. 50 pages of full-color charts, GPS waypoints, ramps and 200 marine facilities. 12" x 17", scales 1:100,000 and larger, plus entire lake overview charts. MSRP: $59.95
Northern Lake Michigan, Ed. 1: Mackinac Island to Lake Charlevoix, Grand Traverse Bay, Manistee, Door County and Green Bay. 68 pages of full-color charts, GPS waypoints, ramps and 150 marine facilities. 12" x 17", scales 1:100,000 and larger, plus entire lake overview charts. MSRP: $59.95
Western Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, Ed. 1: The perfect chartbook for this boating mecca. Includes Detroit and St. Clair rivers. 60 pages of full-color charts, GPS waypoints, ramps and 500 marine facilities. 12" x 17", scales 1:100,000 and larger. MSRP: $69.95
Maptech waterproof chartbooks are available at marine stores nationwide or from Maptech at  or via toll-free phone: 888-839-5551.

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