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  1. duh, I made a comment and now my commentis subject to, how did you put it, “moderation”? What do you mean by moderation?

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  2. When reviewing your brandie spankin’ new system, I noticed a funky line at the bottom of a page. It noted that the line should measure 6″ (six inches) maximum or the ensuing chart would not be safe for Navigation. Neat stuff! However, the line on my computer screen measures approximately 7 3/16″ (that’s seven and three sixteenths inches), thereby and thus eliminating the efficacy of your publications for navigation. I continue:…Inrerestingly, this measurement (the 7″ + measurement) is at 100% on my computer screen making anything I can reproduce/download inaccurate as a navagational aid or tool. Thank you for updating your system in this manner although it has enlarged the charts beyond my equipment’s system to compensate for your improvements. I also wonder if this was a problem with paper charts since compensating for scale was simply a quick, easy and accurate mechanical adjustement to the plotting devices being used. Likewise, having ordered a chart from a nearby chandler, I note two things: the new charts are huge and finding a place to do chart work with them is relatively impossible, given their size; they are very much more expensive than the old style charts and will not take as much use. Again, let me compliment you at NOAA for taking a step foward. Please advise me that you have taken care not to trip and does LLoyd’s of London know about all of this. If not, would you advise them re the same so they, too, can make a bigger buck and drive more of us out of our ways of life!

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  3. Chris, the public will continue to be able to purchase NOAA paper nautical charts. The difference is that instead of purchasing charts printed by the government using lithographic printing presses, mariners will purchase more up-to-date charts that are printed “on demand” by NOAA-certified providers.

    Currently, print-on-demand (POD) charts may be purchased over the internet and at a limited number of physical locations. (See http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pod/POD.htm) Since we made the announcement that government printing of nautical charts will end on April 13, 2014, several more companies have indicated an interest in becoming POD providers. We are encouraging innovation for a dynamic marketplace providing printed charts. We hope you will enjoy the quality of charting products and services offered in the coming months.

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  4. VERY sad to see NOAA has succumbed to the electronic age….. Paper charts always work. The batteries never die, the files never corrupt and you cant write on a computer screen with red pencil. Ending paper chart production is just plain stupid. Print on demand??? Just how many people own a large format printer? Worst part is that I understand NOAA and FAA “break even” on the cost of printing charts. Guess a government program that only charges the taxpayer what it actually costs to operate is not popular….. Shame on you NOAA!

    So, I guess this means packing an iPad in my sea bag will meet the requirement to carry charts in the eyes of the USCG???? Maybe NOAA should ask the coasties their opinion……

    Chris B.
    Portland, OR
    S/V Flight Risk

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  5. I am building a wooden model of the Robert J. Walker. Arr there any plans available for construction, deck layout, etc. I will appreciate any input that
    may be available. Thanx, Philip

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