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February 2018

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2016 Squam Chart

Duncan Press 2016 Squam Chart, designed by Neil Allen, past president of North American Cartographic Society, and S A Fichet, Duncan Press

Buoys and their Numbers

On Duncan Press charts, buoys now have numbers to distinguish them, one from the other, like people and animals have names to tell them apart. Numbered Buoys always have had numbers on the buoys themselves (see the black Numbered Buoy with the "11" on it?), but all the rest of the buoys haven't. Now, all the buoys on the lakes Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Newfound, Ossipee, and Squam have buoy numbers on their Duncan Press charts.

For more on the buoy-numbering system, click here...

After Four Editions, Duncan Press is still the finest, most complete and accurate navigation chart of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Why? Duncan Press is the ONLY chart where...

  • ...unlike its competitor, North is at the top of the chart for Duncan Press Lake Winnipesaukee.
  • ...unlike its competitor, all the official buoys are numbered ("waypointed"), a cooperative effort between the Marine Patrol and Duncan Press.
  • ...unlike its competitor, both numbered AND companion cardinal spar buoys are shown and were checked in 2014 by the Marine Patrol.
  • ...the legal NO-WAKE AREAS on the Chart are highlighted with yellow. Again, they were checked by the Marine Patrol. And again, the Duncan Press charts are the ONLY ones who do this.
  • ...water DEPTHS are colored...based on information from the NH Fish and Game Department, again, unlike its competitor.
  • ...FISH HABITATS are placed...by the NH Fish and Game Department, updated 2015. There is NO fishing information on the competition's charts.
  • ...stream INFLOWS and lake OUTFLOW are specified...based on information from the NH Environmental Services Department. The competition does not do this.

Current Duncan Press vs. Competitor’s Charts

The following table is our (partial) analysis of current Duncan Press Winnipesaukee charts as compared feature by feature with our competitor's ninth edition, their latest (March 26, 2012). In their eighth edition, the courses became most prominent, but there are two line designs that appear to be for the same thing. In the competitor's ninth edition, the marinas were named, although not differentiated as to town, public, or private.

In all editions, the competitor's numbered buoys symbols are purposefully not shown, as in the right example illustration below, which shows a text 'FL "17" ' without the numbered buoy symbol.


Duncan Press

Competitor
Feature Duncan Press Competitor
All buoys waypointed? YES NO
"No Wake" AREAS shown? YES NO
MP course shown clearly? YES NO
Water depths? Color coded Lines/spots
Access? Names, fees Lines
Islands? 162 108
Fish species/locations? 11 0
Stream inflow/outflow? 30 0
Marinas named? YES NO/YES*
Yacht Clubs named? YES NO/YES*
Town Docks named? YES NO/YES*
Top:North? YES NO
Shaded relief topo? YES NO
Hospitals? YES NO
Information? YES NO
Public restrooms? YES NO
Loon nests? YES NO
Public beaches? YES NO
Youth Camps? YES NO
Parks? YES NO
Nature Conservancy? YES NO

*Town Docks (public), Marinas (public) and Yacht Clubs (private) shown without distinction.

Duncan Press's are the ONLY charts with these UNIQUE features...


North is at the top

No-Wake areas are yellow

Inflows are specified

Depths are colored

Town docks/services are named

700+ buoys are numbered

Information offices are located

Landforms are 3D

Fish habitats are placed

Loons nests are located
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