Finding your chart – whether paper print-on-demand, PDF, raster, or electronic – just got easier with the new nauticalcharts.noaa.gov home page. But the improvements don’t stop there! The re-design also makes it easier to explore chart data, find your U.S. Coast Pilot, and share your ideas with Coast Survey.
Do you prefer searching for your nautical product from a map?
Try our new Map Based Chart Locator, from the map graphic at the bottom center of the home page. Choose the chart format (paper or electronic) from the tabs to see all available chart outlines. Zoom in and click on the chart you want, then select a download option from the right hand listing. From there you can view an individual chart, download the ENC, RNC, PDF, or BookletChart, find a chart vendor, or see what notice to mariner corrections have been applied. You can also access the U.S. Coast Pilot download page.
Do you already know your chart number? Or do you want to scroll through a list?
Click on the Charting Product List link to take you to our familiar product download page. You can still search by region or chart number and download charts or other products. (Reminder: we now carry National Geospatial Intelligence Agency – NGA – charts that cover non-U.S. waters.) Be sure to check out our historical chart collection, which includes free viewing and download of over 35,000 beautiful charts, maps, and other documents dating back to the 1800s.
Check out great new chart viewers.
The top right section has Continuous Chart Viewers. Click on the links for Traditional (NOAA RNC®) or Electronic (NOAA ENC®) to explore our seamless compilations of data from the raster navigational charts (RNCs) or the electronic navigational charts (ENCs). These are great if you just want to see what the area looks like without downloading or purchasing a chart. You don’t even need a chart number! Just zoom into your area of interest and enjoy.
The Traditional viewer is NOAA RNC Online, a compilation of our raster charts – which are digital replicas of the paper charts. The Electronic viewer (NOAA ENC Online) shows the data from our electronic charts, including detailed information on charted features. Just click a feature to open a description block.
We recommend using a high-speed internet connection with these viewers.
Other enhancements include easy access to our Feedback system, where you can report a chart discrepancy, let us know what you think about our products and services, and suggest website improvements. Our center top image will rotate through interesting articles, images, and hot topics posted on our NOAA Coast Survey blog. You can also join our newsletter to keep abreast of the latest news and happenings as we survey the coast for the safety of our maritime transportation and the environment.
Dec. 23, 2013