Unless otherwise specified, NOAA charts are printed on heavy paper with waterproof ink and shipped rolled in a cardboard mailing tube.
Captain’s offers lamination and folding/finishing services in-house at our Seattle store. We laminate with 1.7 mil clear poly film for a crystal-clear, waterproof finish that can be marked on with a grease pencil or Sharpie-type "permanent" marker. Please note: our laminator can take up to an hour to warm up. Please call ahead if you plan to drop by and purchase laminated charts so that we can turn the machine on!
NOAA charts may also be special-ordered on waterproof and tear-resistant plastic sheets. These are an excellent option for small-craft boaters, kayakers. Captain’s keeps a small stock of these waterproof charts in stock at our Ballard store; all others are ordered from our manufacturer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Please expect up to a week for charts ordered on waterproof plastic to be available for pickup or shipping.
Custom overlays, tracklines, and graphic options are available; please contact us for more information.
Captain’s is an authorized sub-agent for NOAA charts. Our chart data and printing facilities are licensed through OceanGrafix, a NOAA-certified chart agent. Our charts are printed on-demand at our Seattle store when ordered, updated with all critical corrections in the weekly Notices to Mariners. Our print-on-demand charts meet US Coast Guard mandatory carriage requirements, as outlined in Title 33 and 46 of the US Code of Federal Regulations.