The Chart Locker

for MBTiles

A free resource for cruising sailors
Download chart files in mbTile format for 
use with OpenCPN 5.x and other charting programs.

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What are MBTile Files?

MBTile is a file format for storing tilesets. It's designed to allow many chart files to be packaged into a single tileset.

A tileset is a collection of raster or vector data broken up into a uniform grid of square tiles at 22 preset zoom levels.

MBTiles have many advantages over KAP files. They support more colors, are smaller than KAP files, and many tiles can be contained in a single file. 

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READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE!

It’s up to you -- not these files or the people who made them -- to keep you, your crew, and your boat safe. We did our best with these files, but we make no promises.

Always use multiple sources when navigating -- including your eyes looking at the real world, not just a chartplotter.

‘Nuff said.

What's New?

- Using OpenCPN with MBTile Tutorial now available in How to Use These Charts section.
- Cook Islands, Samoas, Wallis & Fotuna, Tokelau, Fiji: March 2021 - New charts added. 
- Other Resources section added with Rapa Nui Anchoring Guide.
- Tonga, Niue and Minerva & Beveridge Reefs: January 2021 - New charts added in the South Pacific section. 

The MBTile Locker

Click on the Area link below to download a ZIP file containing the MBTile charts for that area.
All ZIP files contain MBTiles for both satellite and nautical charts for the selected area.

Read HOW TO USE THESE FILES below, and view the
Using MBTiles with OpenCPN Video Seminar


Download only what you need. 
Please do not share file links... only share a link to this page.

Country/RegionArea# of ChartsZip File Size (bytes)Date CreatedDescription
MEXICO
Overview - Mexico25,773,444
(5.5 MB)
October 2019San Diego to Golfo de Fonseca
including Islas Revillagigedo.
Z8 Z10 Nautical & Bing Satellite.
MEXICOOverview - Baja & Sea of Cortez226,786,325
(26 MB)
October 2019San Diego to Mazatlán.
Z8 Z10 Z12 Nautical & Bing Satellite.
MEXICOMainland - Pacific Coast
115,212,262,599
(4.85 GB)
October 2019
Z8, Z10 Overviews, Nautical & Bing Satellite.
Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical & Bing Satellite of
North: Mazatlán to Zihuatanejo.
South: Zihuatanejo to Golfo de Fonseca.
Other: Isla Isabella & Islas Marias.
(Includes August 2020 Google Satellite
images of Islas Marias)
MEXICOBaja - Pacific Coast45,354,864,185 
(5.0 GB)
October 2019San Diego to Cabo San Lucas &
Isla Guadalupe.
Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical & Bing Satellite.
MEXICOSea of Cortez1010,582,430,663
(9.9 GB)
August
2020
All of Sea of Cortez.
Dividing line between North and South is Bahia Concepción/Guaymas. Z15, Z18 
Includes Overview at Z10, Z12. 
Nautical & Bing Satellite.

MEXICO

Islas Revillagigedo9241,616,551
(230 MB)
October 2019Z10, Z12 Nautical & Bing Satellite Overview.
Z12, Z15, Z18 Bing Satellite (No image of Roca Partida).
Z15, Z18, Z19 Nautical - 4 Islands.

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Country/RegionArea# of ChartsSize (bytes)Date CreatedDescription
FRENCH POLYNESIAOverview35,920,787
(6 MB)
Dec 2019Z8 & Z10 Nautical, Bing Satellite ,
& Google Satellite.
FRENCH POLYNESIAMarquesas6449,474,567
(450 MB)
Dec 2019Z8, Z10, Z12 Overview.
Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical, Bing Satellite
& Google Satellite.
FRENCH POLYNESIATuamotus (incl Gambiers)123,696,409,159
(3.7 GB)
Dec 2019Z8, Z10, Z12 Overview.
Z15, 18 Nautical, Bing Satellite
& Google Satellite divided into
North, Middle, & South sections.
NOTE: Some atolls are only partially
displayed at Bing Satellite Z15/18
FRENCH POLYNESIASocieties61,149,110,561
(1.2 GB)
Dec 2019Z8, Z10, Z12 Overview.
Z15 & Z18 Nautical & Google Satellite.
Z14, Z15, Z18 Bing Satellite (Z14 is best
available for some islands).
FRENCH POLYNESIAAustrals696,999,954
(97 MB)
Dec 2019Z8, Z10, Z12 Overview.
Z15 & Z18 Nautical & Google Satellite.
Z14 Bing Satellite.

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Country/RegionArea# of ChartsSize (bytes)Date CreatedDescription
SOUTH PACIFICRapa Nui (Easter Island)3233,307,725
(233 MB)
Oct 2019Z8, Z10, Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
SOUTH PACIFICPitcairn Islands688,762,048
(89 MB)
Nov 2019Z8, Z10, Z12 Overview.
Z15, Z18 All 4 islands  Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
SOUTH PACIFICCook Islands6367,023
(358 MB)
Mar 2021Z8, Z10 Overview.
Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
NOTE: Best Bing Sat resolution is
only Z14 on some islands.
SOUTH PACIFICTonga, Niue, and Minerva
& Beveridge Reefs
62,202,525,471
(2.05 GB)
Jan 2021Z8, Z10 Overview.
Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
NOTE: No satellite charts available for South Minerva or Beveridge Reefs.
SOUTH PACIFICTokelau3111,234
(108 MB)
Mar 2021Z8, Z10, Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
SOUTH PACIFICSamoa & American Samoa31,916,693
(1.83 GB)
Mar 2021Z8, Z10, Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
SOUTH PACIFICWallis & Fotuna3158,429
(155 MB)
Mar 2021Z8, Z10, Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
SOUTH PACIFICFiji - Bing Satellite (coming soon)

Fiji - Google Satellite

Fiji - Nautical
These charts are somewhat
experimental. Please let me know if they work correctly.
6 -------
( --- GB)
3,163,636
(3.02GB)
657,542
(642 MB)
Mar 2021Z8, Z10 Z12, Z15, Z18 Nautical,
Bing Satellite, & Google Satellite
Note: Fiji is divided into East and West sections across the 180th meridian.

Other Resources

Other files you may find useful

DescriptionFile Date Created Created by
Rapa Nui Anchoring GuidePDF (788 kb)2008Bruce & Alene - s/v Migration

HOW TO USE THESE FILES

56 minute video seminar on using MBTiles in OpenCPN.

  • OpenCPN Version  ::  OpenCPN 5.x is required to use MBTiles. They will not work in OpenCPN 4.x.
  • Folder Structure  ::  Create an organized folder structure  on your computer. Unzip, and copy files into folders. For example:
    C:/charts
    C:/charts/mbtiles
    C:/charts/mbtiles /Mexico
    C:/charts/mbtiles /Mexico/Overview_Mexico
    C:/charts/mbtiles /Mexico/Sea_Of_Cortez
    etc.
  • Folder Contents  ::  Each folder in the zip file contains 2 or 3 subfolders: one or two for the satellite images and one for the marine chart files.
  • Overviews  ::  Large area overviews are sometimes in separate folders.
  • Zoom levels  :: Overviews are Z8 & Z10, and occasionally Z12
    Coastal and island charts are Z15 & Z18, and often  include Z12. Some locations may not have all zoom levels. If that is the case, charts usually include the best zoom level available. For example, some Society Islands only have Z14 with Bing Satellite.
  • Type of Charts  ::  Each zip file contains separate folders containing mbtiles based on Bing or Google Satellite imagery and vector nautical charts. Remember, the mbtiles based on vector nautical charts ARE NO LONGER TRUE VECTOR CHARTS; they are raster mbtiles at various zoom levels. 
  • Load What You Need  ::  When "installing" charts in OpenCPN, you will find OpenCPN much more responsive if you only choose those folders with the charts you  currently need to use. For example, if you are sailing in Mexico, don't include charts for French Polynesia. 
  • Chart Groups  ::  We highly recommend reviewing OpenCPN's Chart Group documentation and using chart groups with MBTiles. For example, if you are sailing in the Sea of Cortez, create SoC-Nav & SoC-Sat chart groups with the Sea of Cortez nautical charts in one group and the Sea of Cortez satellite charts in another. Then you can easily switch back and forth between the type of chart you want to view. To switch chart groups,use the 1, 2, 3, etc. keys, or right-click and select Chart Groups. Again, read OpenCPN's Chart Group documentation. It's a cool feature (another proof that OpenCPN is the best charting program out there). Thanks OpenCPN Developers!
  • Folder Organization  ::  Feel free to reorganize your folder structure to allow easier and more logical creation of chart groups. 
  • Quilting  ::  Sometimes using these charts in OpenCPN works best with  Quilting turned off (Presss the 'Q' key).  This is especially true if you are not limiting the active charts by using chart groups. Experiment to see what works best for you. This is really important: Clicking on a chart in the OpenCPN chartbar at the bottom of the screen excludes the chart when quilting is off, and selects the chart when quilting is on.
  • OpenCPN 5.0 Release Notes about MBTiles   ::  

    OpenCPN treats the MBTile format different from normal raster and vector charts. MBtiles are NOT fully capable and quiltable charts. They are used as switchable overlays. This is seen as the best compromise considering the unknowable zoom composition and accuracy of tilesets loaded from unknown sources. 

    MBTiles are shown as switchable overlays to whatever base chart sets are loaded. In the picture below, the background map is the base-map and the MBTiles is a satpic overlay. There are four charts in the chart-bar. All are MBTiles. Three are of a darker shade with a red "X". One is a lighter shade of violet and represents the visible satpic. Left click on a MBTiles piano key is a visibility toggle shortcut. Same effect as Right-click->"hide" on a piano key. Clicking on one of the darker shade buttons makes that MBTile chart visible. The button changes to a lighter shade and the red "X" disappears.

    With MBTiles it's advisable to show the charts outline - use the "O" shortcut key. If a chart is not visible, and there is no red "X" on the piano key, zoom in until it's visible. 

    MBTiles use the Web Mercator projection, with possible quite large errors in geo referencing. In real life these large errors are hard to find.
OpenCPN MBTile example

Website Change Log

  • March 2021: Added new set of South Pacific charts for Cook Islands, Samoas, Wallis & Fotuna, Tokelau, Fiji. Added Rapa Nui Anchoring Guide. Added link to video tutorial.
  • 04 January 2021: Added new set of South Pacific charts for Tonga which also includes Niue, Minerva Reefs, and Beveridge Reef
  • 12 August 2020: Newly-created Mexico - Sea of Cortez files added. Reduced number of files and changed structure. These work better with quilting. When used with OpenCPN Chart Groups they allow easy switching between satellite and marine chart images. Read OpenCPN manual about Chart Groups.
  • 12 August 2020: Mexico - Mainland - Pacific Coast now includes Google Satellite images for Islas Marias. This was added because the Marias will soon be open to cruising. There are many dangers around these islands and they are not well charted. But be careful: there are still dangers which do not show up on the satellite images.
  • 12 August 2020: Added information about using Chart Groups to How To Use These Files section.
  • 1 March 2020: OpenCPN 5.0 Release notes on MBTiles added to the How To Use These Files section.
  • 22 December 2019: Additional information added in notes section for each download. Exact bytes for each file listed to provide check in case of download errors.
  • 22 December 2019: French Polynesia added.
  • 22 December 2019: Mexico, Sea of Cortez divided in North & South downloads for smaller file size. Sea of Cortez Overview removed as it is redundant with Baja Overview.
  • 22 December 2019: Pitcairn Group added.
  • 22 December 2019: Change Log added.
  • October 2019:  Rapa Nui added .
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Because social media is harming society and cruising. The incessant monetizing of the cruising life detracts from its beauty and community. We appreciate the hundreds of people who helped us learn by simply giving freely of their time and experience.

Vloggers, stop trying to be famous and just sail already. And those who support them, there are so many more worthwhile causes. Really.

Migration anchored in North Minerva Reef
Credits

Charts and website created by Bruce Balan & Alene D. Rice of s/v Migration

Support

Sorry, no OpenCPN support offered. However, if you find a problem with any of the charts (missed area, mislabeled file, etc.), or incorrect information on this website, we really want to know as we strive for accuracy.

Contact

thechartlocker at gmail

migrations.brucebalan.com

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