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Google Earth Charts
Last Updated: 11/26/2016

Here are the Google Earth Charts I have made/collected for the areas we have visited in the Western Pacific.  Be sure to read all the cautions and 'how to's' down below.  (Thanks to all those cruisers who have shared their GE charts with me that have been included in these sets).

These are ZIP files.  To save to your local hard drive, right-click on each file and select "Save As", and save to your Charts directory, then unzip them.  Instructions on how to "install" the charts for the most popular charting programs are below.

Name Size Comments / Last Uploaded

Philippines and Eastern Indonesia

Terry on Yacht Valhalla, located in the Philippines, has spent an enormous amount of time producing and publishing GoogleEarth charts for the Philippines and parts of SE Asia.  Check his download page here:
http://yachtvalhalla.net/navigation/terrystopics.htm
Between Kosrae and Pohnpei 1 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Pohnpei 11 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Between Pohnpei and Chuuk 8 Mb Feb 15, 2014

Micronesia (west of Marshalls, including Palau)

Kosrae 3 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Between Kosrae and Pohnpei 1 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Pohnpei 11 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Between Pohnpei and Chuuk 8 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Chuuk 4 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Between Chuuk and Yap 20 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Yap 4 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Between Yap and Palau 1 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Palau 7 Mb Feb 15, 2014
Southern Approaches 5 Mb Feb 15, 2014
More Micronesia 7 Mb Set produced in 2012, uploaded Mar 2015
Received from the Mexico gang

Marshall Islands

Ailinginae .5 Mb July 7, 2013
Ailinglaplap 4 Mb September 16, 2013
Arno 1.5 Mb April 13, 2013
Jaluit 9.2 Mb September 15, 2013
Kwajalein 9.5 Mb October 22, 2013
Majuro 9.5 Mb September 17, 2013
Mili 8.5 Mb August 16, 2013
Namu 3 Mb September 16, 2013
More coming as I get time to clean them up and upload them.

Between Fiji and the Marshall Islands

Rotuma 1 Mb April 20, 2013
Wallis & Futuna 1.5 Mb April 20, 2013
Tuvalu 4 Mb April 20, 2013
Kiribati-Gilberts 8 Mb April 20, 2013

Fiji

Viti Levu 10 Mb Biggest Island in Fiji
Updated April 20, 2013
Ovalau Area 7 Mb Updated April 20, 2013
Vanua Levu 17 Mb Northern Big Island in Fiji
Updated April 20, 2013
Mamanucas and Yasawas 10 Mb Islands west of Viti Levu
Updated April 20, 2013
Koro Sea 3.5 Mb Islands in the Middle.  September 2012.
Taveuni and Eastern Islands 13 Mb The islands and reefs East of Vanua Levu, including Taveuni.   April 20, 2013
Lau Group 10 Mb The islands on the eastern side of Fiji. Sep 2012
Kadavu, Beqa, and Vatulele 3.8 Mb The islands to the south of Viti Levu. Sep 2012

Tonga

Tonga - Vavau 5.6 Mb Last Update June 2012

French Polynesia 

French Polynesia GPX Files 150kb
zipped
Several sets of tracks and waypoints for various parts of French Polynesia.
Moorea 2.3 Mb   Google earth charts donated by Stefano  July 2014 (re-uploaded Aug 2014 to fix corrupted file)
Huahine 4.6 Mb   Google earth charts donated by Stefano  July 2014
Marquesas 11 Mb Google earth charts created by the Mexico gang 2015
Tuamotus 10 Mb Google earth charts created by the Mexico gang 2015
Societies 4 Mb Google earth charts created by the Mexico gang 2015
     

  High Quality Scanned Paper Charts of Society Island

Leeward Islands 1.5 Mb   PDF  July 2014
Huahine 1.9 Mb   PDF  July 2014
Raiatea Tahaa 2.4 Mb   PDF July 2014
Tahaa 2.0 Mb   PDF July 2014
Bora Bora 2.3 Mb   PDF July 2014
Maupiti 1.5 Mb   PDF July 2014

About Google Earth Charts           Useful? Buy Us A Beer

DISCLAIMER DISCLAMER--these are homemade charts off Google Earth pictures. Don't trust your boat to these charts without lots of other corroborating evidence (other charts, your own eyes, depthsounders, etc).

The GE chart pictures are in general very accurate--usually more accurate than even the latest available charts we have in Tonga and Fiji and etc.

However, we know of a least 3 real issues possible with these 'home-made' charts.

1. If the chart maker person moved on to the next Google Earth view before the chart capture program (GE2KAP) finished capturing the geo-reference points, the chart can actually be located in the wrong place. Always always always do a cross reference between known waypoints before you trust any of these home-made charts.  And always back up this new-fangled technology with 'Mark I Eyeballs'

2. Google Earth sometimes has remote reefs 'missing' or painted out. Not sure why this is, but don't assume an empty expanse on a GE chart is really empty. Try to find S Minerva Reef, Rose Atoll, and Fonua One One (Tonga, S Vavau Group) on a GE chart. So again, always be cross-referencing with a regular chart when using these charts.

3. In areas with small patch reefs, I have noticed that sometimes clouds form right over reeflets and small island. You think--"Oh, that's just a cloud.", but there's a good possibility of something solid underneath that cloud. (the reef warms the water and causes the small cloud, which obscures the reef in the sat pic). Always be suspicious of clouds.

These charts were made with GE2KAP, a free utility available on the internet. Hundreds and hundreds of hours went into development of this tool. If you find them useful, go to the website and Paypal the author, Paul Higgins (a cruiser too) $10 or $20 to thank him for his incredible contribution to 'off the beaten path' cruising.

http://www.gdayii.ca/index.php

To Use with Maxsea 10.3.2.1

Put the chart folders where ever you want them to be. For example:

 C:\Charts\GoogleEarth\Fiji

To load the charts into Maxsea, click File / Open (NOT Open Chart)

Navigate to the folder where the charts are. Click on ANY KAP file (the individual chart files inside the folder), and click the Open button. Maxsea will load all the chart files in that folder. For multiple folders (ie Fiji, Vavau, etc), repeat for each folder.

These charts will now show up in a DIFFERENT window than the C-MAP (CM93) chart window that you are used to. To switch between windows, click Window on the main menu, and then either Raster or CM92Ed2.

Note that in Maxsea, these two windows are de-coupled. The routes will always show up in both windows, but the current view (ie zoomed in or zoomed out, etc) and the layer files are maintained independently. You can have a layer turned on for CM93 and not turned on for Raster and vice versa. You can be really zoomed in in Raster and zoomed out in CM93.

The only way I have found to remove chart loading in Maxsea is to shut down Maxsea, rename the folder to something else (temporarily), and start Maxsea back up.  Not finding the folder, it forgets about it permanently.

To use with Maxsea Time Zero

You are completely out of luck!  Furuno's Maxsea Time Zero product calls these 'legacy' charts.  They would much rather you buy charts from then than get them free off the internet.  You cannot use these charts with Maxsea Time Zero.  Their help files essentially say, you can keep your legacy version of Maxsea (or other charting program) installed along with Time Zero.

To use with OpenCPN

1. Copy this chart folder to someplace where you can find it again (My Documents\ or C:\Charts\ or whatever)

2. In the OpenCPN program, click the Wrench Icon, and click the Charts Tab

3. (v3.02 and below): In the upper part of the window, browse to where you put the Charts in step 1 above), and select one of the folders. You should see the full folder path in the box just below, something like this:

C:\Charts\GoogleEarth\GoogleEarth-Fiji\

(v3.1 and above):  Use the browse button to navigate to the folder and click the add button.

5. Click on the Add Selection button, and the folder, AND ALL SUB-FOLDERS will be added to the 'Active Chart Directories' box below. Do this for whatever charts you will plan to use in the near future.  If you end up with a multi-level folder structure (ie "Micronesia" and then a folder for each zip file, OpenCPN will find any chart in the tree, but Maxsea will only find the charts in the one folder you point it to).

6. Click OK, and OpenCPN will rebuild its list with your new charts included.

7. If you have 'chart quilting' turned on in OpenCPN, Play with the light blue bars at the bottom of the screen to see which level of chart you can choose.

To zoom in and out, the easiest way is with the + and - keys on your keyboard.

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