electronic charts take navigation way beyond the realm of mere cartography.
By Capt. Bill Pike — March 2001
onto your captain's cap. The world according to electronic cartography
is getting way wilder than most people can imagine, and it promises to
get even wilder still. Not that nautical charts and the various electronic
presentations thereof have changed that much in the last year or so, although
vector-based electronic cartography seems to be growing steadily in relation
to raster-type charts, which in some ways are less versatile. But the variety of add-on features packaged
with either vector or raster cartography is both stunning and indicative
of future developments likely to bring not only sweeping changes, but
significant improvements to the realm of cartography and navigation at
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.