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Navigation Software for Digital Nautical Charts

Navigation software reads and displays digital charts (in BSB4 format).

Different softwares perform different tasks, but in general you can do the following with navigation software:
  • view charts with great clarity - all depths can be read easily
  • magnify charts
  • show the latitude and longitude for the exact location of the mouse
  • mark routes
  • measure distances
  • connecting a GPS to a computer will provide real-time navigation so you can see your boat move across the screen
  • some navigation software also includes a function that operates on handheld computers (PDAs)
Important notice:
Digital charts on CD-ROM produced by Canadian Hydrographic Service do not contain any viewing or navigation software. Without such software, you will not be able to do anything with the CHS CD-ROMs. If you already own software, just check that it works with BSB Version 4 files.

If you do not own navigation software and wish to purchase some, we sell: MapTech offers "Chart Navigator Viewer" as a free download on their website. This is a very basic program which can be used to view the BSB Version 4 chart files. Please note that it is only compatible with Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating systems. The program may be downloaded by following this link: Chart Navigator Viewer

Please telephone us if you have any questions: 1-888-433-3782.

All purchases of software are final. More information can be found in our Return Policy.

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Information on this page last updated: March 22, 2012

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