Jos Pacilly, 27-nov-2005
Google Earth (beta release) is a very impressive piece of 'cartographic' software! Among many other things, it allows you to share placemarks (waypoints) with icons from various sources. It offers a nice way to share points-of-interest, and without much effort you can use icons dedicated to navigation at sea. On this page, you will find some short notes about that feature. You can download the icon set for marine use comprising the most frequently used IALA / SIGNI symbols. There are also some Google Earth kml-files with placemarks, demonstrating the use of them. Feel free to use/distribute the icon set, as long as it is not for commercial use.
See also the related topic: Custom Waypoint Symbols for Garmin Products.
Each icon can be stored in its own file, but a collection of icons can also be stored in a single file. In the latter case you have to specify which rectangle should be used for a specific icon (see the picture aside).
(Dutch inshore water)
Positions based on Hans van Laar's Nautical GPS Waypoints (dated November 6, 2005),
icons selected manually, while referring Atlantic BlueChart v7.0, Chart NL1805(A) (Aug 19, 2004) from Garmin,
and nautical chart 1805.07 (March 28, 2005) from the Dutch Hydrographic Service (distributed by Stentec).
(part of Dutch 'off-shore' water) (icons at this moment only partial available)
Positions based on Henk Menninga's Waypoints in the German Bight (dated June 21, 2005),
icons selected manually, while referring Atlantic BlueChart v7.0, region EU018 (Aug, 2004) from Garmin,
and nautical chart 1811 (March 28, 2005) from the Dutch Hydrographic Service (distributed by Stentec).