TERRY’S TOPICS #104:  RECAP AS OF 25 March 2019  

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PLEASE READ THIS FIRST

This issue has a significant number of new anchorages, charts and miscellaneous items as a result of the release of OpenCPN 5.0.0.  For a detailed look at ‘What’s New in Version 5’ go here.

Comments regarding downloads from this issue follows:

ANCHORAGES  Changes to the anchorages include an ‘Extended’ page of the waypoint ‘Properties’ that now allow a quick view of the nearest tide station.  To read the advantages of this capability download this.  (But also see TIDE STATIONS below!)

DE-CLUTTER  The waypoints, routes, etc. will not show on the screen if you zoom out beyond a certain point (1:5MM) so as to reduce screen clutter.  This is a setting by the user in the ‘Extended’ page of waypoint ‘Properties’ or for all new waypoints in Options/Ships/Routes/Points.   (Alternatively, a toggle press on the ‘V’ key will do the same at any zoom level)

SATELLITE CHARTS  (Formerly GE2KAP OVERLAY CHARTS)  The satellite derived charts now include a new type, mbtiles, which have better color resolution than the previous KAP charts.   In this issue I have updated many of the charts but it will be a long process to do the many others that can benefit from this new visual capability.  I’ve also been able to delete multiple KAP charts in favor of a single mbtiles chart.  This improvement comes at a price of a new manipulation process in viewing them that is different from viewing KAP charts.  To read about it download this.

SAT2CHART  (Formerly GE2KAP)  Name changed to reflect the new capabilities of the program; various satellite imagery sources are used to create two types of charts.  The titles and content of companion programs regarding use of the program will evolve over time.

TIDE STATIONS  OpenCPN V5 does not show tide stations for a large part of the world.  To remedy this deficiency download the fix here.

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PLUGINS  The development of plugins for O5 is lagging the basic program.  ‘Out of the box’ plugins are World Magnetic Model, Chart Downloader, Dashboard and Grib files.   To check on the availability of a plugin of interest follow the updates here.

There will be some growing pains as users transition to the new OpenCPN and a good way to keep up with the issues and their resolution is to join the OpenCPN Forum

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT and THANKS

This compilation is made possible by the many contributors who, over the years, have sent me input on anchorages, cruising notes, power cables and routes.  My thanks to the following who have done so:

SV ALBA (Neville & Glenys), SV AMABLE (George&Jean), SV CATAMINI (Roger&Lucy), SV CHANGING SPOTS (Rob&AnnaMarie), SV CRYSTAL BLUES (Neil&Ley), SV DREAM AWAY (Avril & Graham), SV EXPEDITUS (Mike&Gay), SV FREE BIRD (Sie), MV GYPSY IVY (JB&April), SV KALEAERIN (Jim&Joy), SV JAVA (Evan&Nancy), SV JAVERNE (Michel),  MV MATARIKI (Tom), SV MATILDA (Bruce&Deb), SV MAYA II (Hank & Joyce), SV MOKISHA (Tom&Colleen), SV MORE MAGIC (Christo&Brooksy), SV OCELOT (The Hacking Family), SV OUTSTRIPP (Steve&Kaz), SV POPEYE, SV REFLECTIONS (Gene&Sheri), Yacht SHALIMAR II (Ron&Rose), SV SHANGHAIED (Will&Trish), SV SIDEWINDER (David&Suzi), SV SLOEPMOUCHE (Luc&Jackie), SV SOGGY PAWS (Dave&Sherry), SV SPIRIT OF SOBRAON (Garry&Wendy), SV SPRUCE (Andy&Sue), SV TTAAK (Paul&Christine), SV TOP SECRET (Tom) and SV WESTWARD II (Stephen&Selena).

If I have missed anyone please help my poor memory by letting me know the omission and if you have a blog or website link.   Thanks, Terry 

                                Use CTL-Click to follow the underlined links while online      

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New or revised topics since 1 Feb 2019 recap are shown in GREEN.    .

ANCHORAGES:  These anchorage locations are best displayed in the OpenCPN navigation program.  Remember that if you right-click on an anchorage or SCUBA symbol and select ‘Properties’ there is often more information about this anchorage, especially now that the nearest tide station can be quickly displayed on the ‘Extended’ page.  Also remember that if you place the anchorage .gpx file in the OpenCPN ‘Layers’ folder you can selectively display the list of anchorages in the Waypoints tab and turn on or off their display on the screen Anchorages listed below ending in ‘o5’ imply consistency with latest OpenCPN program

Anambas Islands Anchorages V2o5:    Download from MediaFire  86KB     NOTE: Maintenance update.  Additional information in the Anambas Cruising Notes.

Andaman Islands Anchorages V1o5:    Download from MediaFire  20KB        NOTE Maintenance update. 

Helen Reef Anchorages V2o5:             Download from MediaFire   2KB          NOTE: Maintenance update.

Indonesian Anchorages V23o5:            Download from MediaFire    373KB    NOTE: Maintenance update.  Additional information in Indonesia-101 Anchorages.

            SV DELOS RAJA AMPAT INFORMATION:   Anchoring Guide      Dive Log         NOTE: Download from the web

Indonesian Scuba Sites V1o5:     Download from MediaFire   47KB      NOTE: Maintenance update.

Japan Marinas & Ports V1o5:     Download from MediaFire   18KB     NOTE: Maintenance update.

Korea Marinas V1o5:                  Download from MediaFire    2KB      NOTE: New addition with maintenance update.

Malaysia Anchorages V16o5:       Download from MediaFire    575KB   NOTE: 1) Adds new anchorages.   2) Maintenance update.  3)  Additional information in Kraden to Langkawi Cruising Guide  and Sail Malaysia Pilot March 19th 2018.

Natuna Islands Anchorages V1o5:  Download from MediaFire    12KB    : New addition with maintenance update.

Palau Anchorages V4o5                 Download from MediaFire     75KB   NOTE: Maintenance update.

Palau SCUBA Sites V105:                Download from MediaFire   58KB     NOTE: Maintenance update.

Papua New Guinea Anchorages V1o5:    Download from MediaFire    11KB    NOTE: Maintenance update.                 

Philippine Anchorages V28o5:       Download from MediaFire    783KB       NOTE : 1) Adds new anchorages.  2) Maintenance update.

 

Philippine SCUBA Sites V4o5:     Download from MediaFire     59KB     NOTE: Maintenance update.

 

Solomon Islands Anchorages V1o5:    Download from MediaFire   32KB      NOTE: Maintenance update.

 

Taiwan Marinas V1o5:              Download from MediaFire      22KB       NOTE: Maintenance update.

 

Thailand Anchorages V7o5:    Download from MediaFire    181KB    NOTE: Maintenance update.  Additional information in Kraden to Langkawi Cruising Guide Phuket to Ko Muk Cruising Guide and Similan and Surin Islands Cruising Guide

CM93 CHARTS

The May 2007 version of the cm93 vector charts is available for download from the web in either the full (80N to 80S) or a small (40N to 40S) version.

CRUISING SERVICES GUIDES   (with thanks to Neil and Ley of ex-SV CRYSTAL BLUES)

             Andaman & Nicobar Islands,  Brunei Hong Kong-Vietnam-Indonesia,  Malaysia Miri, Sarawak&Sabah, Singapore, Thailand

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

Dengue Fever Guidelines      Download from MediaFire      235KB   NOTE:  Find the correct treatment for this sometimes fatal disease

GPX Editor     Download from web here          NOTE:  New version of this handy program for manipulating .gpx files such as tracks, routes, waypoints, etc.

Indonesian Internet 2019 Rev1o5   Download from MediaFire   20KB   NOTE:  Maintenance update to locations in Indonesia where internet signals were found or lost.  Compiled by Sherry on SV SOGGY PAWS.

Indonesian Clearance Ports for Planning Rev3o5   Download from MediaFire  9.3KB   NOTE:  Maintenance update to locations in Indonesia available for CIQP clearance.

Philippine Power Cables Rev10o5        Download from MediaFire     60KB   NOTE:  Maintenance update..  This file now contains 27 locations where power cables are known to exist.  In OpenCPN import this .gpx file using the Route & Mark Manager or alternatively place in the Layers folder.

Red Arrow Pointer   Download from MediaFire  1KB   NOTE: Replace that hard-to-see mouse pointer with a ‘senior citizen’ one!  redcursor.jpgAfter download, unzip and move to C:\Windows/Cursors.  Go to the Control Panel and change how the mouse pointer looks.

Weather and Current Information for Cruisers    Download from MediaFire      40MB   NOTE: New link for same document to avoid download problems related to characters in the name.

OPENCPN:

OpenCPN 5.0.0    Download from web here     NOTE:  The latest stable version released 23 March 2019.

Common COM Ports for USB GPS    Download from MediaFire   11KB   NOTE The procedure to create common COM port numbers for all USB ports on a Windows computer.

Droid Fonts    Download from MediaFire     202KB  NOTE:  A modern typeface specifically designed for good readability for small sized computer screens.  Install under ‘Options/User Interface/Fonts/Chart Texts’ in OpenCPN

OpenCPN for Android  Purchase from Google Play store   NOTE: Latest version is 1.0.22 released 3 January 2019  It will automatically update if previously purchased.

Exploring OpenCPN for Android Rev2(11Nov15)      Download from MediaFire   2MB    NOTE:  My briefing on this subject.

Portable OpenCPN on a Memory Stick    Download from MediaFire     10MB  NOTE:  A description of the procedure to place a portable version of the OpenCPN program on a memory stick, complete with charts, anchorages, routes, etc..  Includes the procedure for connecting a GPS for either stand-alone or split-screen viewing with the host computer’s OpenCPN.  This revision includes the considerations unique to OpenCPN 4.8.4.

Maximize the OpenCPN Display    Download from MediaFire     4MB  NOTE:  A description of the procedure to give the maximum screen display when using OpenCPN.  Especially useful when using netbooks and devices with limited screen sizes.

 

ROUTES:

Anambas Routes Rev1o5:          Download from MediaFire            72KB   NOTE: Routes courtesy of Neville on SV ALBA.  Maintenance update.

 

Palau Routes Rev1o5:               Download from MediaFire       16KB    NOTE:  A collection of routes to enter/exit and within the atoll. Maintenance update.

 

Philippine Harbor Entrances Rev7o5:     Download from MediaFire   62KB  NOTE:  A collection of routes to enter 1)  Bolinao (Lingayan Gulf)(Luzon)  2) Subic Bay Yacht Club (Luzon).  3) Puerto Galers (Mindanao)  4) Port Caltom (Busuanga)  5) Illutuc Bay (Busuanga)  6) Pinoy Boat Services (Danao, Cebu Island)  7) Port Bonbonon (Negros)  8) Puerto Princessa (Palawan)  9) Port Tagbilaren (Bohol)  10) Port Patuco  11) Coron Harbor 12) Campomanes Bay 13) Perth Paradise Lagoon Bay/Sipalay 14) Apo Reef from East to West and 15) Daco Island.   In OpenCPN import the file into the Routes page of the Route Manager or alternatively place the .gpx file in the Layers folder (recommended).  Maintenance update.

Thailand Marina Entrances Rev2o5:     Download from MediaFire    32KB    NOTE:  Routes to enter marinas at Phuket (Boat Lagoon),  Krabi (Boat Lagoon and Port Takloa) and PSS Shipyard Satun.  Maintenance update.

 

SAILING DIRECTIONS SE ASIA:         NOTE:  NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) publications.

 

SailingDirectionsSEAsia.zip     Download from MediaFire   34MB

 

SATELLITE CHARTS       (Formerly titled ‘GE2KAP OVERLAY CHARTS’ I’ve changed the name since the chart sources are now more than GE (Google Earth) and the type of charts are both KAP and the new MBTiles charts.  These charts are best displayed in the OpenCPN navigation program available above.)

 

Anambas Islands Rev3       Download from MediaFire    92MB   NOTE: A major update which has reduced the size of the file.  I suggest you place these charts in the same OpenCPN Chart Group as the Indonesia Rev20 charts since they are a part of Indonesia.

 

Andaman Islands       Download from MediaFire        22MB   NOTE:  Companion .kap charts to correspond with Andaman Islands listed under Anchorages.

 

Cocos Keeling             Download from MediaFire      21MB   NOTE:  KAP charts only, no companion anchorages.

 

Helen Reef Rev1         Download from MediaFire    2MB   NOTE:  Companion .kap charts to correspond with Helen Reef AnchorageV2o5.

 

Indonesia Rev20         Download from MediaFire    340MB   NOTE:  Adds new .kap charts to correspond with Indonesian Anchorages V21.

          Indonesia Rev20 Additional Charts   Download from MediaFire    13MB   NOTE: As an alternative to downloading the entire file of the new revision, download this smaller file, unzip/extract to a folder of the same name, then move the charts it contains into the Indonesia Rev 19 folder and rename the Indonesia Rev19 folder as Indonesia Rev20.

 

             Don’t forget to delete the old and add the new directory and rebuild both the charts database and chart groups (if applicable) in OpenCPN.

 

Indonesia Shoreline Charts   NOTE:  Charts that cover the shorelines of islands in Indonesia.  Useful for planning purposes and/or to find a sheltered cove not previously reported.  This is a work in progress and additions will be included in future issues of these topics.  I recommend placing all in a Chart Group for easy display when wanted, lack of clutter and slowing down the OpenCPN Program.

 

            Banggi Area                        Download from MediaFire          9MB

Papua Northeast               Download from MediaFire          316MB

Pulau Ambon                      Download from MediaFire          5MB 

Pulau Aru                          Download from MediaFire            4MB

Pulau Babar                      Download from MediaFire            4MB

Pulau Bali                         Download from MediaFire            90MB

Pulau Bepondi                   Download from MediaFire            5KB

Pulau Bikak                       Download from MediaFire          98MB

Pulau Buru                           Download from MediaFire       15MB 

Pulau Damar           Download from MediaFire            1MB

Pulau Flores             Download from MediaFire         43MB

Pulau Halmahera              Download from MediaFire            394MB

Pulau Hiri                          Download from MediaFire            1MB

Pulau Honku-Separua      Download from MediaFire           3MB    

Pulau Java North               Download from MediaFire          349MB

Pulau Java South              Download from MediaFire            313MB

Pulau KaiBesar                 Download from MediaFire            5MB

Pulau Kambing                  Download from MediaFire            1MB

Pulau Kawula                    Download from MediaFire            12MB

Pulau Kisar                       Download from MediaFire            69MB

Pulau Komodo                    Download from MediaFire          4MB

Pulau Leti-Moa                    Download from MediaFire         4MB

Pulau Letmasa                    Download from MediaFire         300KB

Pulau Lombok                   Download from MediaFire            14MB

Pulau Mangoli                   Download from MediaFire            62MB

Pulau Massawoi                Download from MediaFire            1MB

Pulau Mefoor                    Download from MediaFire            43MB

Pulau Miosindi                   Download from MediaFire            3MB

Pulau Miosnum                 Download from MediaFire            23MB

Pulau Morotai                    Download from MediaFire            79MB

Pulau Pantar                     Download from MediaFire            6MB

Pulau Romang                  Download from MediaFire            2MB

Pulau Roti                         Download from MediaFire            26MB

Pulau Sanana                   Download from MediaFire            24MB

Pulau Sawu                         Download from MediaFire         4MB

Pulau Sedang                   Download from MediaFire            9MB

Pulau Selaru                        Download from MediaFire        4MB

Pulau Seram North            Download from MediaFire            135MB

Pulau Seram South            Download from MediaFire           22MB

Pulau Siko                        Download from MediaFire            6MB

Pulau Sermata                  Download from MediaFire            2MB

Pulau Solor                       Download from MediaFire            14 MB  

Pulau Sulawesi East          Download from MediaFire            31MB

Pulau Sulawesi North         Download from MediaFire            92MB

Pulau Sulawesi South        Download from MediaFire            170MB

Pulau Sulawesi Southwest Download from MediaFire            241MB

Pulau Sulawesi West         Download from MediaFire            67MB

Pulau Sumba                    Download from MediaFire            21MB

Pulau Sumatra NW            Download from MediaFire            469MB

Pulau Sumatra SW            Download from MediaFire            338MB

Pulau Sumbawa                Download from MediaFire            57MB

Pulau Taliabu                    Download from MediaFire            183MB

Pulau Ternate                   Download from MediaFire            9MB

Pulau Tidore                     Download from MediaFire            32MB

Pulau Timor                      Download from MediaFire            50MB

Pulau Togian           Download from MediaFire            5MB

Pulau Weh                        Download from MediaFire          16MB

Pulau Wetar                      Download from MediaFire            13MB

Pulau Yamdena                 Download from MediaFire            37MB

Pulau Yapen           Download from MediaFire            89 MB

Pulau-Pulau Padaido         Download from MediaFire            51MB

 

Japan                               Download from MediaFire     41MB    NOTE:  Companion .kap charts to correspond with Japan Marinas & Ports listed under Anchorages.

 

Korea Rev1                          Download from MediaFire     1.3MB     NOTE:  Adds new charts for the Korea Marinas.

 

Malaysia Rev20                   Download from MediaFire   252MB     NOTE:  A major update which has reduced the size of the file.

 

As an alternative to downloading the entire file of the new revision do the following:

1) Download this Excel listing of the charts to delete from the Malaysia Rev19 folder.  Delete these charts.

2) Download MalaysiaRev20 Additional Charts   Download from MediaFire     4MB     NOTE:  Unzip/extract to a folder of the same name, then move the charts it contains into the MalaysiaRev19 folder and rename the MalaysiaRev19 folder as MalaysiaRev20.

 

 Don’t forget to delete the old and add the new directory and rebuild both the charts database and chart groups (if applicable) in OpenCPN.

Malaysia Shoreline Charts
          Borneo East            Download from MediaFire            195MB
          Borneo North          Download from MediaFire            53MB
          Borneo Outliers       Download from MediaFire            63MB
          Borneo West                Download from MediaFire            260MB

              

Natuna Islands       Download from MediaFire      7MB       NOTE:  Contains companion .kap charts to Natuna Islands Anchorages I suggest you place these charts in the same OpenCPN Chart Group as the Indonesia Rev20 charts since they are a part of Indonesia.

Palau Rev4               Download from MediaFire     103MB      NOTE: A major update which has extensive use of the mbtiles charts for better resolution at the expense of increasing the size of the file.

 

Papua New Guinea Rev3   Download from MediaFire      36MB   NOTE:  Maintenance update.

 

Papua New Guinea Shoreline Charts

          Louisiades              `Download from MediaFire           131MB

 

Philippines Rev50                Download from MediaFire        638MB        NOTE: A major update which has extensive use of the mbtiles charts for better resolution.

 

            As an alternative to downloading the entire file of the new revision do the following:

1) Download this Excel listing of the charts to delete from the Philippines Rev49 folder.  Delete these charts.

2) Download PhilippinesRev50 Additional Charts   Download from MediaFire     129MB     NOTE:  Unzip/extract to a folder of the same name, then move the charts it contains into the MalaysiaRev19 folder and rename the MalaysiaRev19 folder as MalaysiaRev20.

 

Don’t forget to delete the old and add the new directory and rebuild both the charts database and chart groups (if applicable) in OpenCPN.

 

Philippine Shoreline Charts           NOTE:  Charts that cover the shorelines of major and outlier islands in the Philippines.  Useful for planning purposes and/or to find a sheltered cove not previously reported.  The entire collection is large, over 4GB.  I recommend placing all in a Chart Group for easy display when wanted, lack of clutter and slowing down the OpenCPN Program.

          Antique Shoreline                        Download from MediaFire            19MB

Bohol Shoreline Rev1                    Download from MediaFire         69MB    

Cebu Shoreline Rev1                   Download from MediaFire            84MB

Dinegat Shoreline                        Download from MediaFire            27MB

Leyte Shoreline                           Download from MediaFire            100MB

Luzon Shorelines

Luzon East                       Download from MediaFire            46MB

Luzon North                      Download from MediaFire            110MB

Luzon NorthEast               Download from MediaFire            155MB

Luzon NorthNorthEast       Download from MediaFire            94MB

Luzon South           Download from MediaFire            110MB

Luzon West                      Download from MediaFire            58MB

Marinduque Shoreline                    Download from MediaFire         27MB

Masbate Shoreline                        Download from MediaFire         80MB

Mindanao Shoreline           Download from MediaFire            304MB

Mindoro Shoreline                         Download from MediaFire         135MB

Negros Shoreline                           Download from MediaFire         85MB

Palawan Shorelines

Palawan NE Shoreline Rev2         Download from MediaFire            223MB      NOTE:  Charts in previous revision for the Tubbataha Reefs were incorrect and have been corrected.

          Palawan NE Shoreline Rev2 Additional Charts   Download from MediaFire            6MB   NOTE:  As an alternative to downloading the entire file of the new revision, download this smaller file, unzip the charts into the Palawan NE Shoreline Rev 1 folder and rename the folder as Palawan NE Shoreline Rev 2.  NOW OPEN the Palawan NE Shoreline Rev 2 folder and delete the following 2 files:  Tubbataha Reef North_1 and Tubbataha Reef South_1.  Save the folder.  Be sure to update the OpenCPN database with the new charts.

Palawan SE Shoreline Rev1         Download from MediaFire            43MB

Palawan W Shoreline                   Download from MediaFire            82MB

Panay Shoreline                            Download from MediaFire         119MB

Romblon Shoreline Rev 1            Download from MediaFire            44MB

Samar Shoreline                         Download from MediaFire            125MB

Siragao Shoreline                        Download from MediaFire            16MB   

 

SingaporeRev1       Download from MediaFire     27MB        NOTE:  Contains one mbtiles chart of Singapore

 

Solomon Islands      Download from MediaFire            25MB    NOTE:  Contains companion .kap charts to Solomon Islands AnchoragesV1o5.

 

Taiwan           Download from MediaFire          22MB   NOTE:  Contains companion .kap charts to Taiwan MarinasV1o5.

 

Taiwan Shoreline Charts     Download from MediaFire    138MB    NOTE:  Charts that cover the shorelines of Taiwan and outlier islands.  Useful for planning purposes and/or to find a fishing harbor in an emergency.  

Thailand Rev9           Download from MediaFire     99MB    NOTE:  Adds new .kap charts.

 

SAS Planet:

 

SAS Planet Program   Download from web here    NOTE: Scroll down to the link “Sasplanet.zip”.  This version (181221.9814 Stable) from the GdayII web site has added C_Maps, HereSat, Yandex and Navionics layers support.

 

Sat2Chart:     

Sat2Chart V1.0.0.0     Download from web here     NOTE: Formerly GE2KAP as discussed above.  Includes plugin for O5.

Create GE2KAP Overlay (Rev 12)      Download from MediaFire    10MB    NOTE:  My Powerpoint presentation on using this program. 

GE2KAP2SASP     Download from MediaFire      38MB    NOTE:  My procedure for getting to the location on SAS Planet where you want to make charts using GE2KAP.

GDAL     Download from MediaFire      38MB         NOTE:  Required to be added to the computer when making large charts.  Go to the Help in Sat2Chart (F1) for installation instruction including adding a new environmental path entry.

A detailed discussion of “Creating KAP files from GE” by SV OCELOT is here on the web And their KAP files can be downloaded from here on the web

 

WxTIDE PROGRAM:  Download from MediaFire   19MB  NOTE: The download includes the program ready to run and a tutorial on recommended settings.