The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is responsible for providing nautical charts for most of the United States, with a suite of over 1000 charts encompassing the coasts of the U.S., the Great Lakes, and the U.S. territories. Each NOAA nautical chart contains a vast amount of information unique to the geographic area that it covers. While each chart is unique, it is assembled using standard conventions that are understood by the mariner.
Map Size: 18.4″ x 26.8″
*This size is an approximation based on the NOAA requirements. Actual printed maps may be within an inch (1″) of this size shown.
We know NOAA Charts can be beautiful just to look at or add the perfect decoration to your themed room. Let us know in your order notes at checkout if you want these to be set up for decorative purposes!
Up to Date
All the NOAA Charts are the most up-to-date ones that are currently available through NOAA. Some charts are updated weekly from NOAA so we update our print files as soon as we can to make sure you are getting the most informed chart for your nautical adventure!
Decoration or Practical
Part of being an NOAA Certified printer means that we are able to include an NOAA seal on our charts. This means that we are able to say they are approved and ready to be used on the open waters! However not everyone needs that seal to be included, so we can leave it off if you need. Just click the checkbox above “For Decoration” and we will leave off the NOAA seal and the Mapshop logo from your NOAA Chart.
What Is A Nautical Chart?
A nautical chart is one of the most fundamental tools available to the mariner. It is a map that depicts the configuration of the shoreline and seafloor. It provides water depths, locations of dangers to navigation, locations and characteristics of aids to navigation, anchorages, and other features. The nautical chart is essential for safe navigation. Mariners use charts to plan voyages and navigate ships safely and economically. Federal regulations require most commercial vessels to carry nautical charts while they transit U.S. waters. Since the mid-1830s, the U.S. Coast Survey (a NOAA predecessor agency) has been the nation’s nautical chartmaker. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is still responsible for creating and maintaining all charts of U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and waters surrounding U.S. territories. Scroll below to use a zoomable nautical chart viewer where you can study the full detail of the chart.
This product is printed on demand using our large format inkjet printers. Print-on-demand maps are always in stock and you can order as many as you need all at once to have them ship together!
We offer free returns within 30 days for this product*. Contact us within 30 days of receiving your product to receive a return authorization number, which you can write on the box and ship back to us. We will issue your return within three days of receiving the product back. We do not refund the initial shipping charges and you’re responsible for shipping charges to get the product back to us unless we made a mistake in the order. *Finishes such as Martin Mount & Framed are also not returnable as they went through production on a by-order basis by our team. If you have any questions on if your order qualifies for a return, please CONTACT US.
Most wall maps are offered in a variety of finishing options. If you need a map that’s ready to hang on the wall, we can frame or martin mount your map to save you time and money. Here are the details, contact us with questions.
Paper Paper finishing is the most economical option. Most maps are printed on premium 36lb paper. Waterproof paper is also available for functional maps that may be used outdoors.
laminated Paper maps are printed then run through our laminator that secures 1.7mil-thick satin-gloss-finished lamination on the front and back. Use map stickers and wet-erase markers on your map.
mounted Paper maps are printed then laminated with 1.7mil-thick satin lamination onto 1/4″-thick foamcore. You can use map pins, stickers, or wet-erase markers with our mounted maps.
Rails First, we laminate the map then we mount wood rails at the top and bottom of the map. The front side of each rail is finished with a black or walnut finish. The sides and back are unfinished. Sawtooth hardware is fixed to the back of the top rail, so it’s ready to hang. Use stickers or wet-erase markers on your map.
Martin Mount First, we laminate the map onto foamcore then we mount wood rails at the top and bottom of the map. The front side of each rail is finished with a black or walnut finish. The sides and back are unfinished. Sawtooth hardware is fixed to the back of the top rail. Use map pins, stickers, or wet-erase markers on your maps.
Framed Maps are laminated onto foam core then secured into the frame. The engineered molding is made from recycled wood in either a black or walnut-finish. Most map moldings are 2″ x 3/4″ but maps 24″ x 36″ and under use a 1.25″ wide molding. You can use map pins, stickers, or wet-erase markers on all our framed maps.