My first reaction when I saw this thread was "more intertube bs..."
but I was wrong. Here is NOAA's information on the subject. http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories201 ... harts.html
NOAA also announced yesterday they are releasing a new PDF file format for a 90 day trial period. http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pdfcharts/
400dpi resolution, can get em printed at Office Depot, Kinko etc. NOAA says 36" plotter will print so still std full size paper chart. Copied a fair amount of Admiralty charts in Central America, and black and white was cheap. Actually easier to see under a red-light as well. Sure less trouble than converting KAPs to PDF and NOAA is updating weekly just like ENC and RNC packages. Make sure to leave a positive comment via the page above... Hopefully they will make this permanent and we can get cheap local prints rather than being stuck with the approved POD vendors.
Tks for the heads up