TERRY’S TOPICS #114:  RECAP AS OF 17 March 2021

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY !!!     

TABLE OF CONTENTS       * = contains new item

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and THANKS*   ANCHORAGES*   CM93 CHARTS   CRUISING SERVICES GUIDES  MISCELLANEOUS

OPEN CPN   ROUTES   SAILING DIRECTIONS SE ASIA    SAS PLANET   SATELLITE CHARTS*   SAT2CHART*   WXTIDE PROGRAM

New or revised topics since 12 February 2021 recap are shown in GREEN.   

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PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT PREVIOUSLY  (Reprint from Terry’s Topics #104)

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 follow:

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)

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.  (NOTE: OpenCPN version 5.2 and up have a Plugin Manager available to update the Master Plugin Catalog while online).

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 several 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

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), ATLAS of FIJI for Mariners, SV CATAMINI (Roger&Lucy), SV CHANGING SPOTS (Rob&AnnaMarie),  SV CRYSTAL BLUES (Neil&Ley), SV DREAM AWAY (Avril & Graham), SV ESTER (Jamie&Liz), SV EXPEDITUS (Mike&Gay), SV FREE BIRD (Sie), MV GYPSY IVY (JB&April), SV KALEAERIN (Jim&Joy), SV KATIE LEE (Larry & Trinda), SV KALUWASAN (Chris), 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 SILK-PURSE (Kirk), SV SIDEWINDER (David&Suzi), SV SLOEPMOUCHE (Luc&Jackie), SV SOGGY PAWS (Dave&Sherry), SV SPIRIT OF SOBRAON (Garry&Wendy), SV SPRUCE (Andy&Sue), SV STARRY HORIZONS (David&Amy), SV TRAMONTANA (Inge&Liesel), 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 

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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.  Anchorages in Indonesia and Malaysia that begin with the prefix SM- have additional information as explained in the Notes for these anchorages.  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.

AnambasIslandsAnchorages:             NOTE: These anchorage have been included with the Indonesian Anchorages.  Additional information in the Anambas Cruising Notes.

AndamanIslandsAnchoragesV1o5:   Download from MediaFire  20KB        NOTE Maintenance update. 

AustraliaV1o5:                                 Download from MediaFire  20KB          NOTE Anchorages courtesy of SV MATILDA.

FijiAnchoragesV2o5:                        Download from MediaFire  252KB       NOTE: Anchorages courtesy of ATLAS of Fiji for Mariners and Soggy Paws.

HelenReefAnchoragesV2o5:             Download from MediaFire   2KB          NOTE: Maintenance update.

IndonesianAnchoragesV29o5:           Download from MediaFire    607KB    NOTE: 1) Adds the anchorages of Anambas and Natuna Islands which I mistakenly did not add previously .. sorry..   2) Cruising Guide: From Sail Malaysia there are anchorages that begin with the prefix SM-.  These anchorages do not have information in the Description page of the ‘Properties’.  Instead, do the following.  Download the Sail Malaysia Pilot October 17th 2019 from this link.  Place the downloaded .pdf file directly under the C: drive.  Do not change the guide name.  For any of the anchorages that begin with SM-, right-click on the anchorage symbol and select ‘Properties’.  On the ‘Basic’ page scroll down to find a link ‘Sail Malaysia Cruising Guide’.  Click on this link to open in your Internet browser (offline) to display a description of that particular anchorage in the guide.

Additional information can be found In Indonesia-101 Anchorages.

IndonesianScubaSitesV1o5:      Download from MediaFire   47KB      NOTE: Maintenance update.

JapanMarinas&PortsV3o5:      Download from MediaFire   27KB     NOTE: Adds additional ports in Japan courtesy of Kirk on SV SILK-PURSE.  He plans future updates which you can follow here.  I will include interim updates from Kirk in future issues of these topics.

KoreaMarinasV1o5:                  Download from MediaFire    2KB      NOTE: New addition with maintenance update.                                                                                                                   

MalaysiaAnchoragesV20o5:        Download from MediaFire    599KB   NOTE: 1) Adds new anchorages.   2) Cruising Guide: From Sail Malaysia there are anchorages that begin with the prefix SM-.  These anchorages do not have information in the Description page of the ‘Properties’.  Instead, do the following.  Download the Sail Malaysia Pilot October 17th 2019 from this link (951KB). Place the downloaded .pdf file directly under the C: drive.  Do not change any guide name.  For any of the anchorages that begin with SM-, right-click on the anchorage symbol and select ‘Properties’.  On the ‘Basic’ page scroll down to find a link ‘Sail Malaysia Cruising Guide’.  Click on this link to open in your Internet browser (offline) to display a description of that particular anchorage in the guide.  

MaldivesAnchoragesV1o5:       Download from MediaFire    2KB      NOTE: New addition courtesy of SV STARRY HORIZONS. 

NatunaIslandsAnchorages:  NOTE: These anchorage have been included with the Indonesian Anchorages

PalauAnchoragesV4o5:                  Download from MediaFire     75KB   NOTE: Maintenance update.

PalauSCUBA SitesV1o5:               Download from MediaFire   58KB     NOTE: Maintenance update.

PapuaNewGuineaAnchoragesV5o5:    Download from MediaFire    63KB    NOTE: 1) Adds new anchorages.  2) The new anchorages are described in the Niuguini Blue Oct 2013 issue.  Download the issue from this link (11.8MB). Place the downloaded .pdf file directly under the C: drive.  Do not change the name.  For any of the anchorages that begin with a number from ‘1’ to ‘10’ right-click on the anchorage symbol and select ‘Properties’.  On the ‘Basic’ page scroll down to find a link ‘Niuguini Blue Oct 2013’.  Click on this link to open the issue in .pdf format.            

PhilippineAnchoragesV35o5:     Download from MediaFire    721KB       NOTE : Adds new anchorages. 

 

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

 

SeychellesAnchoragesV1o5:        Download from MediaFire    2KB      NOTE: New addition courtesy of SV STARRY HORIZONS.

 

SolomonIslandsAnchoragesV2o5: Download from MediaFire   126KB      NOTE: New anchorages courtesy of SV SOGGY PAWS.

 

TaiwanMarinasV1o5:                      Download from MediaFire      22KB       NOTE: Maintenance update.

 

ThailandAnchoragesV11o5:    Download from MediaFire    239KB    NOTE: Adds new anchorages.  Additional information in Kraden to Langkawi Cruising Guide Phuket to Ko Muk Cruising Guide and Similan and Surin Islands Cruising Guide The information in these guides has been added to the description of Thailand anchorages beginning with TH- and only download the guides if you want the entire documents.

 

CM93 CHARTS:

Cm93Ed2(2007)  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.

Cm93Ed2(2015)  The May 2015 version of the cm93 vector charts is available.   Download from MediaFire   1.04GB

 

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  10KB   NOTE:  Maintenance update to locations in Indonesia available for CIQP clearance.  Compiled by Sherry on SV SOGGY PAWS.

Philippine Power Cables Rev13o5        Download from MediaFire     69KB   NOTE:  Added new location.  This file now contains 29 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 (Recommended).

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 5.2.4 Program    Download from web here     NOTE:  The latest stable version released 18 October 2020.  For a detailed look at ‘What’s New in Version 5’ go here.

Exploring OpenCPN (v5.0)    Download from MediaFire      6KB      NOTE My briefing on OpenCPN version 5 in .pdf format.  To use the briefing in Power Point slide show format (22MB) download here,

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.

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

Extended Waypoint Properties    Download from MediaFire   1MB   NOTE:  The extended properties of waypoints gives additional information.

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

OpenCPN for Android    Purchase from Google Play store   NOTE: Latest version is 5.2.2 released 3 October 2020.  Be careful to download the ‘Dave Register’ version which is supported.  It will automatically update if previously purchased.  I suggest you also joing the forum here.

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.

Replace OpenCPN Tide Harmonics   Downlaod from Media Fire  2MB   NOTE: Fills in the missing tide stations from OpenCPN 5.

Viewing KAP vs MBTILES    Download from Media Fire   2MB     NOTE: Don’t get frustrated viewing the two types of overlay charts in OpenCPN 5.

 

ROUTES:

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

 

Fiji Routes                                 Download from MediaFire               460KB   NOTE: Routes courtesy of ATLAS of Fiji for Mariners.

 

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

 

Philippine Harbor Entrances Rev9o5:     Download from MediaFire   75KB  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, 15) Daco Island, 16) Port Barton and 17) Balut Anchorage.   In OpenCPN import the file into the Routes page of the Route Manager or alternatively place the .gpx file in the Layers folder (recommended).

Thailand Marina Entrances Rev3o5:     Download from MediaFire    39KB    NOTE:  Routes to enter marinas at Phuket (Boat Lagoon),  Krabi (Boat Lagoon and Port Takloa), PSS Shipyard Satun and Racer Marina.

 

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

SailingDirectionsSEAsia.zip     Download from MediaFire   34MB

 

 

SAS PLANET:

 

SAS Planet Program   Download from web here    NOTE: Scroll down to the link “Sasplanet.zip”.  This version from the GdayII web site has changed settings to allow the Google Hybrid text to appear in English instead of Russian.  It also has ‘tweaks’ to work correctly with the Sat2Chart program.

 

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.  I’ve created these charts with the Sat2Chart program listed below.  These charts are best displayed in the OpenCPN V5 navigation program listed above.)

 

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.

 

AfricaRev1                       Download from MediaFire               727MB   NOTE:  Shoreline charts of East Africa from Mombassa south to Zanzibar plus ports in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

 

AnambasIslandsRev3       Download from MediaFire    92MB   NOTE: Contains companion .kap charts to Anambas Islands Anchorages, now included with the Indonesian Anchorages.  I suggest you place these charts in the same OpenCPN Chart Group as the Indonesia Rev21 charts since they are a part of Indonesia.

 

AndamanIslandsRev1           Download from MediaFire         19MB   NOTE:  Companion .mbtiles charts to correspond with Andaman Islands listed under Anchorages.

 

Australia                                 Download from MediaFire             25MB    NOTE:  Companion .mbtiles charts to correspond with Australia listed under Anchorages.

 

CocosKeelingRev1        Download from MediaFire     21MB   NOTE:  Mbtiles chart, no companion anchorages.

 

    CocosKeelingC-Map  Download from MediaFire   12MB   NOTE:  Mbtiles format of the C-Map chart, no companion anchorages.

 

HelenReefRev 2          Download from MediaFire    5MB   NOTE:  Companion .kap charts to correspond with Helen Reef AnchorageV2o5.

 

FijiRev2                     Download from MediaFire    312MB   NOTE:  Companion Mbtiles charts to correspond with Fiji Anchorages V2o5.

 

IndonesiaRev25         Download from MediaFire    431MB   NOTE:  Adds new charts.

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.

 

JapanRev2                                 Download from MediaFire     155MB    NOTE:  Added charts from Kirk on SV SILK-PURSE.

 

KoreaRev2                                       Download from MediaFire     39MB     NOTE:  Adds new charts for the Korea Marinas.

 

MalaysiaRev22                                Download from MediaFire   262MB     NOTE:  A major update which has reduced the size of the file.

 

 

MaldivesRev1       Download from MediaFire   26MB          NOTE:  Contains companion charts to Maldives Anchorages V1o5.

              

NatunaIslands       Download from MediaFire      7MB       NOTE:  Contains companion .kap charts to Natuna Islands Anchorages, now included with the Indonesian Anchorages I suggest you place these charts in the same OpenCPN Chart Group as the Indonesia Rev21 charts since they are a part of Indonesia.

PalauRev4                 Download from MediaFire     103MB      NOTE: A major update for better resolution at the expense of increasing the size of the file.

 

PapuaNewGuinea Rev7   Download from MediaFire      89MB            NOTE:  Adds new charts.  These from Niuguini Blue Oct 2013.

 

PhilippinesRev57      Download from MediaFire        1.00GB        NOTE: Adds new charts and a ‘scrub’ of the charts to merge and replace selected charts.

 

      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 Rev56 folder.  Delete these charts then do 2) next.

 

2) Download PhilippinesRev57 Additional Charts   Download from MediaFire     94MB     NOTE:  Unzip/extract to a folder of the same name, then move the charts it contains into the PhilippinesRev56  folder and rename the PhilippinesRev56 folder as PhilippinesRev57.

 

SeychellesRev1   Download from MediaFire     7MB      NOTE:  Contains companion charts to Seychelles Anchorages V1o5.

 

SingaporeRev2       Download from MediaFire     27MB        NOTE:  Contains one mbtiles chart of Singapore

 

SolomonIslandsRev1      Download from MediaFire   117MB                 NOTE:  Contains companion charts to Solomon Islands AnchoragesV2o5.

 

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

 

ThailandRev13           Download from MediaFire     136MB    NOTE:  Addition of new charts.

 

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

 

SHORELINES CHARTS:

To streamline this missive I’ve moved the shorelines charts for various countries to a permanent location in a document with download links.  I’ve done this since I do not intend to update those charts.   Download from MediaFire     32KB

 

SAT2CHART:     

Sat2Chart V12.0.2.0     Download from web here     NOTE: Formerly GE2KAP as discussed above.  Mar.15, 2021 Creates charts from GE, chart images, SasPlanet and OpenCPN. Can overlay opencpn, sasplanet images onto GE. New: New option for polygons: Make polygon(s) rectangle(s).

Google Earth Pro:  Download from web here.

GE2KAP2SASP     Download from MediaFire      38MB    NOTE:  My procedure for getting to the location on SAS Planet where you want to make charts using GE2KAP (Now called Sat2Chart).

 

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