MM3D Raster Charts
Marine raster charts are produced based on National hydrographic offices’ marine cartograhy. As True digital copies, they allow to get on screen the official marine paper charts that you were accustomed to use.
MM3D Vector Charts
The C- map by Jeppesen vector charts are reproductions of marine cartography where data are processed and digitized in a format allowing additional information: information on buoys, lighthouses and ports, specific instructions on regulations, etc.
Raster or Vector Charts
It's hard to say which chart format is better than the other, the choice is often based ultimately on user habits. The paper marine chart amateurs will prefer electronic raster chart, while those who have always used vector charts will struggle to break away.
Marine navigation software MaxSea Time Zero enables to download and display weather forecast and oceanic data in standard grib format directly from MaxSea Weather Wizard.
This weather tool is completely free and easy to use, giving you unlimited access to weather forecasts worldwide 24hours a day. Select a geographic coverage, data type, period of time and choose how to receive the file. MaxSea Time Zero can provide up to 16 days of weather forecast!
To do this, just send a request and receive weather data either downloading directly from Internet or via Email. The received file weighs only a few kb. The built-in compression algorithm is optimized for binary data (grib format), making downloading over satellite phones and single side band (SSB) possible.
Once you´ve received and opened the grib file, the data will be overlayed onto your charts. Then, you can choose to display all or some of the following weather forecast data: Wind, Waves, atmospheric pressure, clouds and rain.