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Bruce Newton
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    It looks like there are a lot of reasons why NOAA is switching. It appears you will be able to specify a custom chart and probably be able to get it printed through a commercial provider. It will be up the minute current; instead of buying a new chart that is many years out of date.

    Found this on the website:
    NOAA Custom Chart (NCC) PDF – Printing
    Company
    Bluewater Books & Charts
    The Map Shop
    East View Geospatial
    Canada Nautical
    Paradise Cay Publications
    The Blueprint Shop
    OceanGrafix
    Frugal Navigator
    TrakMaps
    Waypoints

    Interesting to see the progression of technology. Back in the late 1970’s EPA was digitizing rivers and streams. Data storage was expensive and we decided to use vector based mapping (start at this point, go in this direction for this distance, stop; define the next vector) over raster based mapping (more like how a jpg picture is constructed). The vector approach also had advantages for pollution modeling. Then with cheap data storage everything went to raster mapping. Now it is going back to vector mapping.