Chart Errors

There's a general feeling that electronic charts, because they are of the computer age, must be correct. This is a dangerous assumption because it is simply not true.

Before we explore the reasons for these errors, just study the three accompanying illustrations. All are of the north coast of the island of Ibiza,

in the Mediterranean. All are different versions of modern electronic charting. The up-to-date Navionics chart shows an island at the head of the bay. The very old C-Map chart shows no island and the latest C-Map chart shows the reality. Compare all these with the Google Earth photograph.

So the first 'rule of using electronic charting' is 'caveat emptor'.

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