When it comes to the actual installation, however, these two chart types from Canada are quite different, because of an extra layer of encryption applied to the RNC.
Also looking ahead a bit, we see below that the process is a bit long, and has to be done in the right order, but once this part has been done and you have a username and password with CHS, subsequent registrations and downloads are very easy. The RNC install, however, is another issue and we will have to come back to that later. The ENC install is very simple.
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In an earlier note on the Naming and Boundaries of ENC eCharts, I discussed the unique situation of needing one specific Canadian ENC if we wished to use all ENC in the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, as might be the case, for example, when using Expedition for the Swiftsure or Victoria to Maui Yacht Race. This note is a follow up on that one.
In process of working with individual copy protected Canadian ENC, we learn quickly how lucky we are in the US with free echarts and super convenient access. It is all doable, but frankly tedious, and indeed there is no help online nor available from their telephone tech support. The phone support can help with BSB raster charts, but not the ENC, though I suspect now that the process is in fact identical for Canadian ENC and RNC.
This process is outlined in detail below, because the right path is not obvious, and any wrong turn spins out into a dead end.
(1) Choose the chart you want from the very useful CHS Interactive (graphic) Index (save the link, it is not so easy to find.) The single chart at hand at the moment is CA470075, which they label with its paper chart name: V-3440 - Race Rocks to/à D'Arcy Island.
(2) Buy the chart. In principle there are numerous dealers of individual Canadian echarts, but the only one I found that could actually sell this is our friends at Captains Nautical Supply. In principle, this could all be done over the phone.
After you buy it you will get an email back from Captains with this information. The original prices are quoted at CHS in Canadian dollars as $25, which I assume this is as well.
|Figure 1. Proof of purchase|
|Figure 2. Link to where you register and download.|
(3) Register the chart, which takes place in several steps: we set up two accounts, download the chart, and install the chart.
Here are the steps, with apologies again for what seems maybe over explained, but one wrong step and it breaks. We start with the link provided by CHS when we purchased the chart (https://register.chs-shc.gc.ca), which actually takes you to a different link: https://inter-j01.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/registry-registre/. We are getting early hints here that we have to stay sharp, ie there are two sets of instructions originally mailed to us that both go to the same link, which is not actually the link they go to.
We end up here:
(My original snag was I thought the blue fields were just table headers, but they are indeed the links.)
(If you later need to download a second copy, this is where you would log in to do that, and it would be straight forward. But you must then log in with the same account that you registered the chart with originally.)
NOTE they have strict rules on names, hints, questions and answers. I have marked these in red boxes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you delay very long at any page you will get the following message when you hit Next or Continue. I am not sure how long you have, but it is not long. Maybe just 5 min or so. If you get this at the end of the process, as I did once trying to record all of my answers etc, it is very discouraging. You get to start all over.
Looking at that one, you will not have received a DFO passcode as so far we did not give any email address. So in this window you will choose Self Registration.
After choosing Self Registration, you get the screen below and now we can start the real registration.
NOTE in the form below (Figure 16) you must enter a Unit Type, even though it is not marked as required.
The next figure is a summary of your registration information with CHS. Print this or save it as a pdf, as you may need it to recover the chart or a login. Maybe a call to them would get it, but not sure.
Then when you save this, you will be back to your products page, which will not have any, and you can add them.
If you do not get sent back to the next page below, then just start over and on the first page (Figure 5 above) enter your Username and password selected earlier, and you will get here. This is where you paste in the code for that chart that was mailed to you.
After you add this product, the same page will then have it listed further down the page under the section Active Products.
And it is here where we download the chart.
IMPORTANT NOTE. It might take several clicks. Click it once and wait a few seconds. If nothing happens, try again. In one test I had to try 3 times, and this behavior has been confirmed to me by other users. But be sure to give it 5 or 10 seconds between clicks.
And then we get our chart, which you just save to your downloads folder. This zipped file is then all standard ENC format. It is easy sailing from here on. Again, if you need another copy for another computer, you can start from the beginning and just log in.
Below is a video on how to install this ENC into Coastal Explorer, along with related notes on using this program to select, download, and install US ENC.