Current version:
2.31
from 21.11.2017
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European Waterways Routable Map for Garmin Receivers

I will be grateful for any comments to improve the map and also for links to other Electronic Navigational Charts or their updates.
Zdeněk Hrdina (hrd at email dot cz)


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FAQ

I can't see Waterways on my 64b PC after the installation waterways.exe.

There is probably an error in registry. Check by regedit, if the key of Waterways is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Wow6432Node\ Garmin\ Mapsource\ Families\ Waterways

If the key is wrong, you can use the file waterways.reg, which is valid, if Waterways were installed in the directory c:\Garmin (in other case of directory you have to correct the file soubor waterways.reg to the other directory).

Waterways aren't available in BaseCamp after the installation waterways.exe

You have to use Mapsource, nRoute or HomePort. Waterways are marine maps, which are ignored by BaseCamp. If you really want to see Waterways in Basecamp, you need replace the file waterways.tdb by this file in the folder, where you have installed Waterways (by default X:\Garmin\ Waterways). This trick will change Waterways into "land" map visible in Basecamp. Be prepared, that the marine symbols will look different in the "land" version than "marine" one and by my meaning it is uglier in the land version.

I can see a porthand (red) buoy on the right side of a waterway and vice versa. Isn't it wrong?

Is sounds like a paradox, but it is right. The general direction for the definition, what is porthand or starboard, is taken by the mariner when approaching a harbour from seaward or river upstream. The banks are named as seen when facing downstream. This means that sailing upstream, the right bank is on the port side and the left bank is on the starboard side.
When you aren't sure, if you are sailing upstream or downstram (that can be only by definition at some canals), then if you have on the porthand side a red buoy or on the starboard side a green buoy (IALA A or CEVNI - we are in Europe), you are sailing upstream. And vice versa.

Is possible to use this map in a marine chartplotter?

Yes, it is. However it is necessary to keep in mind that the map looks different and, un­fortu­nate­ly, worse than in a PC. The reason is that marine chartplotters (unlike handhelds or automotive receivers) do not support the TYP file, in which you can define your own types (ie. polygons, lines or points) and at polygons you can also define in the TYP their priority, ie. determine which polygon should be displayed on top of second one.
In chartplotters there are displayed only those types which are defined in the firmware of the receiver and therefore you can't see for example any notice mark. Similarly, due to inability to control the priority of polygons, there exists an undesirable overlap an "unimportant" polygon over the "important" one in some places.

Is possible to use this map in a tablet with Android?

Yes, it is possible in program OruxMaps. You have to use the nonmarine version of Waterways - see the page Download. You can see on the picture, how the map loks on a 7' tablet.
OruxMaps

Another possibility is to use Viago from Garmin. The picture shows Waterways together with map of Europe on my android phone. Because Viago exists on Apple store too, yo can see Waterways on your Iphone or Ipad too.
Viago

Is possible to use this map in a automotive receivers?

Yes, it is. However, you have to use the nonmarine version of Waterways - see the page Download. You can see on the picture, how the map looks on Nuvi 3790 (in the combination with CNE).
Nuvi

I can see a bigger position error in the map. What can be the reason?

The main reasons could be:
  1. Some recivers/software have the possibility to change the chart datum. Check, if the chart datum is WGS 84, because the IENC charts are (at least should be) produced in this datum. If you use a incorrect datum, the position error could be hundreds of meters.
  2. Some recivers/software have the possibility "Lock on the road". Check, if the possibility is off. The routable road in Waterways is a waterways axis (the middle line of a fairway). The position error can be quite big in case of a wide river as Danube.
  3. Different countries make an update of the IENC maps in different periods. Some countries update regularly, some almost don't update anything. There are for example parts of Danube in Serbia with date of issue 2006. So the map is less and less accurate over the course of years. In Waterways you can find the datum of issue on the border of a specific cell (see picture bellow) Issue Date

What is the meaning of abbreviations in labels of lights?

Abb.MeaningDefinition
FfixedA signal light that shows conti­nuously, in any given direction, with constant luminous intensity and colour
FlflashingA flashing light in which a flash is regularly repeated at rate of less than 50 flashes per minute.
LFllong flashingA flashing light in which an appea­rance of light of not less than 2s duration (long flash) is regularly repeated
Qquick flashingA light in which flashes are regularly repeated at a rate of not less than 50 flashes per minute but less than 80 flashes per minute.
VQvery quick flashingA light in which flash are repeated at a rate of not less than 80 flashes per minute but less than 160 flashes per minute
UQultra quick flashingA light in which a flash is regularly repeated at a rate not less than 160 flashes per minute
IsoisophasedA light in which all the durations of light and darkness are clearly equal.
OcoccultingA light in which the total duration of light in each period is clearly longer than the total duration of darkness, and the inter­vals of darkness (eclipses) are usually of equal duration
IQinter­rupted quick flashingA quick light in which the sequence of flashes is inter­rupted by regular repeated eclipses of constant and long duration
IVQinter­rupted very quick flashingA very quick light in which the sequence of flashes is inter­rupted by regularly repeated eclipses of constant and long duration
IUQinter­rupted ultra quick flashingAn ultra quick light in which the sequence of flashes is inter­rupted by eclipses of long duration
MomorseA light in which appea­rances of light of two clearly different durations are grouped to represent a charac­ter or charac­ters in the Morse Code
FFlfixed/ flashA fixed light varied, at regular inter­vals, by a flash of higher luminous intensity
FLFflash/ long-flash"flashing" excepting the final appea­rance of the light, which is longer
OcFlocculting/ flash"occul­ting" super­imposed on which is a flashing light
FLFlfixed/ long-flash"fixed flashing" in which a single flash of not less than two seconds duration is regularly repeated
OcAlocculating alter­nating"occul­ting" but alter­nating in two or more colours
FlAlflash alter­nating"flashing" but alter­nating in two or more colours
Q+LFquick flash plus long flashA light in which a group quick light is combined with a long-flashing light
VQ+LFvery quick flash plus long flash"very quick flashing" and all of the appe­arances of light are of equal duration excepting the final one, which is longer
UQ+LFultra quick flash plus long flash"ultra quick flashing" and all of the appea­rances of light are of equal duration excepting the final one, which is longer
Alalter­natingA signal light that shows, in any given direction, two or more colours in a regularly repeated sequence with a regular perio­dicity
FAlfixed and alter­nating flashing