Explorer Chartbooks Chatter

Electronic Format

Lewis Offshore Ltd, publisher of the Explorer Chartbook series of navigational charts and cruising guide information for the Bahamas, partners with Navico, the parent company of C-Map, to utilize our Explorer chart data in their products and also to broker it to other companies. EXPLORER-ONLY editions for chartplotters and PCs are available in NT+, MAX, MAX Pro and 4D. If you want the more accurate and up-to-date Explorer-only version, make sure you get the latest issue from us. You can order now from www.explorercharts.com. Go to the online store and click on the Explorer Electronic Charts category at the bottom of the page. On the order form, you will be asked to give the make and model of your chartplotter. If you have any technical questions, you can also call C-Map @ 1-800-424-2627 or 508-539-4366.

Also, the Southeast US and Explorer Bahamas chart offers detailed coverage from Cape Fear, NC, to Key West, FL and includes EXPLORER only coverage throughout the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.

Available for MAX (NA-M055), MAX-N+ (NA-Y055) and MAX-N (NA-N055).

Customers using C-MAPs classic NT+ charts also have an option to use EXPLORER-ONLY data with the NA-C391 EXPLORER BAHAMAS chart (covering the Bahamas only).

Make sure to get the latest issue directly from us. Visit our online store at www.explorercharts.com, click on Explorer Electronic Charts and choose from:

MAXNA-M055Southeast US and Explorer Bahamas
MAX-N+NA-Y055 Southeast US and Explorer Bahamas
MAX-NNA-N055Southeast US and Explorer Bahamas
NT+NA-C391Explorer: The Bahamas
If you need PC versions (MAX and NT+ only), call C-Map at 508-477-8010 to order. C-Map also offers several charts that combine EXPLORER ONLY data for Northern Bahamas and another source of data for the Turks and Caicos. We have found inaccuracies in some areas not utilizing Explorer chart data. The charts combining both source data include:

NA-C306 The Bahamas (NT+)
NA-022US East Coast and Bahamas (available for 4D, MAX, MAX-N+ and MAX-N)
NA-943Florida and the Bahamas (available for 4D, MAX, MAX-N+ and MAX-N)

PC products, C-MAP by Navico Marine Solutions has C-Map Plan2Nav for iPad 1, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4. This app is downloaded free and East Coast and Bahamas may be purchased from i-Tunes (the price varies depending on the device being used). The Bahamas portion of this product is similar to the multi-source versions described above with Explorer data only between Bimini and Long Island. The app charts are similar to the other C-MAP products, but when metric units are used only the even meters rounded off to the lowest meter are seen. This can cause problems in areas of shallow depths. The app will work with internal GPS, wireless or cellular service for navigation, but was not found to be as accurate positionally compared to a stand-alone chartplotter. Since the charts remain on the device after being downloaded, it may be used for planning.

We continue to work with our electronic chart partner, C-Map, to make Explorer Chart data available in as many products and formats as possible. In the past, decisions whether to include Explorer data in electronic products, unfortunately, have been made by management personnel not intimately familiar with Bahamas waters.

Garmin Chartplotters come with preloaded maps for all U.S. coastal areas and the Bahamas. The current release (February 2017) does NOT have Explorer Bahamas data for the Little Bahama Bank, most of Grand Bahama, the Abacos, Great Inagua, and the Turks and Caicos.

No Explorer Chart data is available in any Navionics products. It is important to use the latest Explorer Chartbooks printed charts and the latest release of Jeppesen electronic Explorer-only charts for the primary source of navigational information in the Bahamas.

The Explorer Team