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  • 188. Top Tips Tuesday - Chart Art, Our Top Christmas Gift

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    When you're confined to barracks and the only walk you might get (assuming the pavements stay dry) is a totter up and down the street with a little help from your friendly crutches or sticks, it's amazing what you can do to stave off boredom. Yes sadly I have been looking out for a couple of small Christmas presents for Hindsight on the Marinechandlery.com website. As for a joint prezzie for Jenny and I, we must confess that one of Annika Tomlinson's (wife of the superb yachting photographer Rick) Chart Art printscustomised to show Hindsight's delivery trip from Port St Louis France to Corfu in Greece would be something special! Chart Art prints are a genuine Admiralty chart printed on canvas and mounted on artist grade stretcher bars. These are great for hanging on the wall of the family home, office (as can be seen from the below image we have one hanging in our operational headquarters of the ‘other’ Andy’s favourite cruising ground the West Coast of Scotland) or given to that faithful crew member who, come torrential rain, howling blizzard or occasionally sunshine can always be relied on to turn out and prep the underwater surfaces of your boat ready for the first coat of antifoul.

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    As already mentioned above, the beauty of Chart Art is that it can be ‘customised’ such as showing only a favourite anchorage such as Tinkers Hole on Mull or locally the Kettle in the Farne Isles, or the route of last year’s summer cruise. Photos can be added of your boat, your crew or maybe the pub where you rowed ashore and had that rather raucous evening! Sadly, like all things special, there is an extra charge for customising but as can be seen from the example below well worth the extra cost incurred!

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    A review from a satisfied customer reads:   Andy! The ChartArt arrived and it's beautiful! Genuinely impressed by the quality and resolution of the print and the solid wooden frame. My expectations were exceeded. Bravo! Stephen

    The Chart Art printing process uses technologically advanced 12 colour UV ink printed onto the finest 100% Cotton artist's canvas, which is sourced from some of the biggest international art suppliers. Museum Quality Artist's Stretcher Bars are made of the finest quality European kiln dried knotless pine, which has the advantage of being extremely hard wearing and not susceptible to warping that cheaper woods are prone to. Each bar features a rounded back edge which is designed to ensure that the canvas is always kept a full 1⁄2" (13mm) above the stretcher bar to ensure that there can be no ghost impressions on the canvas. These stretcher bars also incorporate ‘wedges’ which are placed in each corner and allow the canvas to be stretched extremely tightly over the frame. It also allows the canvas to be restretched over time, which can be of particular importance for the larger sizes. Hanging kits are supplied with each Chart Art canvas so putting them up on the wall is easy. The Canvas hanger incorporates a cut-out which allows the canvas to be hung on a standard two pin picture hook, which is also included. Using the included kit ensures that the canvas is “pulled” flush to the wall on a secure fixing.

    If your budget cannot stretch to Chart Art (prices start as low as £124.95 and that includes free UK delivery worth £10-00!) why not purchase an UNFOLDED Admiralty chart of a favourite cruising ground at only £36.95. Customers to whom we have supplied a chart in this format have had them framed (suggest non reflective glass), pinned to a wall and on a couple of instances wallpaper paste has been used to stick them to the wall of a sailing club bar!

  • 140. Top Tips Tuesday - Plan Ahead with Chart Art

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    Its not often that I ‘do a hard sell’ in my regular Top Tips Tuesday blog but pressure from above has forced my hand this week! If you’re a bloke (and like me) you probably leave, dare I say it, your Christmas shopping till the last moment then find that the gift you particularly wanted to give has a long lead time with delivery now into the New Year, why not consider ordering TODAY one of Annika Tomlinson’s superb Chart Art prints, a genuine Admiralty chart printed on canvas and mounted on artist grade stretcher bars. These are great for hanging on the wall of the family home, office (as can be seen from the below image we have one hanging in our operational headquarters of the ‘other’ Andy’s favourite cruising ground the West Coast of Scotland) or given to that faithful crew member who, come torrential rain, howling blizzard or occasionally sunshine can always be relied on to turn out and prep the underwater surfaces of your boat ready for the first coat of antifoul.

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    The beauty of Chart Art is that it can be ‘customised’ such as showing only say a favourite anchorage such as Tinkers Hole on Mull or locally the Kettle in the Farne Isles, or the route of last year’s summer cruise, photos can be added of say your boat, your crew or the maybe the pub you rowed ashore to and had that rather raucous evening! Sadly like all things special there is an extra charge for customising but as can be seen from the example below well worth the extra cost incurred!

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    A review from another order reads:

    Andy, Just a quick email to say that I hadn’t opened the chart (I simply wrapped it and delivered it to my cousin for his birthday present) – it was absolutely brilliant – a superb job done by the guy who stitched 5 charts together. Thank you so much!

    If your budget cannot stretch to Chart Art (prices start as low as £109.95 and that includes free UK delivery worth £10-00!) why not purchase an UNFOLDED Admiralty chart of a favourite cruising ground at only £36.60, customers to whom we have supplied a chart in this format have had them framed (suggest non reflective glass), pinned to a wall and on a couple of instances wallpaper paste has been used to stick them to the wall of a sailing club bar! The Chart Art printing process uses technologically advanced 12 colour UV ink printed onto the finest 100% Cotton artists canvas, which is sourced from some of the biggest international art suppliers. Museum Quality Artists Stretcher Bars are made of the finest quality European kiln dried knotless pine, which has the advantage of being extremely hard wearing and not susceptible to warping that cheaper woods are prone to. Each bar features a rounded back edge which is designed to ensure that the canvas is always kept a full 1⁄2" (13mm) above the stretcher bar to ensure that there can be no ghost impressions on the canvas. These stretcher bars also incorporate ‘wedges’ which are placed in each corner and allow the canvas to be stretched extremely tightly over the frame. It also allows the canvas to be restretched over time, which can be of particular importance for the larger sizes. Hanging kits are supplied with all Chart Art canvas so putting them up on the wall is easy. The Canvas hanger incorporates a cut-out which allows the canvas to be hung on a standard two pin picture hook, which is also included. Using the included kit ensures that the canvas is “pulled” flush to the wall on a secure fixing.

  • 76. Top Tips Tuesday - Chart Art, Preserve Your Summer Cruise For Posterity

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    Yes I know its on a different ‘tack’ to my usual Top Tips Tuesday however, how often have you thought that it would be nice to have a visual record of your summer cruising area hanging on the wall of your study or lounge to remind you of those magical moments (possibly the slightly scary ones as well). With a lot of folks setting off or about to set out on their cruise it occurred to me that not an awful lot of you know about Chart Art. Chart Art is the brilliant new concept of internationally known yachting photographer Rick Tomlinson and his wife Annika, the licensee, with the rights to reproduce UKHO nautical chart images on canvas.  For your home or work place, Chart Art can provide a talking point or allow you to dream about maybe next year’s cruise. If you want to add your course sailed, taken from your GPS lat and long fixes during the week, favourite anchorages etc this can be done at a small additional cost, it gives added interest and makes for interesting conversations if friends or your crew come round for drinks or supper. Recent deliveries of Chart Art include one of the island of Jersey and the French coast for Jersey Customs and for the Scapa distillery on Orkney a chart of Scapa Flow for their boardroom.

    The Chart Art process uses technologically advanced 12 colour UV ink printed onto the finest 100% Cotton artist's canvas, which is sourced from some of the biggest international art suppliers. Museum Quality Artist's Stretcher Bars are made of the finest quality European kiln dried knotless pine, which has the advantage of being extremely hard wearing and not susceptible to warping that cheaper woods are prone to. Each bar features a rounded back edge which is designed to ensure that the canvas is always kept a full 1⁄2" (13mm) above the stretcher bar to ensure that there can be no ghost impressions on the canvas. These stretcher bars also incorporate ‘wedges’ which are placed in each corner and allow the canvas to be stretched extremely tightly over the frame. It also allows the canvas to be restretched over time, which can be of particular importance for the larger sizes we offer.

    Ordering is simple. Search our charts for the one you need, note the number then click on the charts link on that page, select a size, enter the chart number and that’s it! For custom chart areas call or email your requirements. A draft proof will be emailed for approval before the order goes ahead. As they are printed to order delivery is usually within 10 days.

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