Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is every piece original?

A: Yes, this is what is so unique about our work. Even though we will use the same paper chart, the section will vary depending on the client’s requirements. By virtue of the fact that we make every piece by hand, it would be impossible for us to make “identical” pieces.

Q: How much does a 3D chart Cost?

A: All pricing in EURO. Pricing depends on the size and complexity of the location. Smaller commissions , the ORIGINS range start at €200 for a framed piece that measures 280*280mm ready to hang. They are designed for the gift/budget application.
(A3) 500*400mm -from €400 , simple white or black frame with surround mount – no additional options.
(A2) 600*500mm -from €600 , this would be the most popular size It also allows for options like different styles of frame and surround lighting.
(A1) 700*600mm – from €1000 , It also allows for options like different styles of frame and surround lighting.
Large 3D commissions can cost up to €3000 and more! Its down to size, complexity and features. Each and every piece is cut by hand, requiring great skill and is very time consuming.
B&W charts may command a premium charge depending on chart source.
Prices exclude VAT (13.5%) ZERO EXPORT outside EU.
Packaging and shipping is charged at cost.
A quote will be prepared for each inquiry, it will include a PDF showing the nautical chart section and suggested options.

Q: Will the 3D chart appreciate in value?

A: Yes is the simple answer for this reason: The comments we get from customers are that 3D charts get instant recognition from friends and acquaintances. Conventional art can, in some cases, drift into the background until unnoticed.
The 3D chart has depth, texture and being a nautical chart is always topical. It evokes feelings and memories of events thus stimulating conversation. A picture captures a single memory where as a 3D chart captures a lifetime of events and puts them in perspective. Nautical charts are steeped in history, yet the data and the image are the same now as when they were first charted in the early 1800’s.
While we cannot predict the monitary appreciation, we can guarantee that it will never go unnoticed for generations to come!

Q: Why is the 3D chart a Perfect Nautical Gift?

A: If your home is on a chart or your recreation involves the sea then straight away you are interested, the 3D chart transforms a large nautical document into a piece of art that takes pride of place in any environment. It is bespoke, made by hand and is unique.
Normally you cannot gift conventional art, “my taste in art is not yours”! But with the 3D chart you know that you have 99% confidence factor.
If you have budget issues then consider a group gift and split the cost. The end result is the same …read the testimonials.

Q: Wedding gifts and special occasions?

A: The 3D chart is an ideal Wedding and special occasion gift, it ticks all of the boxes: it’s personal, made to commission and will last a lifetime. As group gifts they are excellent and I can guarantee that names will be associated with the gift for a lifetime.

Q: Which charts are used?

A: We can use any chart from any organisation across the world. We will use original charts thereby ensuring no infringement of copyright.
We typically use United Kingdom Hydrographic Charts (UKHO); this gives us instant access to the world’s largest collection of charts.
We can also source charts from all other organisations such as NOAA & IMRAY.

Q: What makes the Black & White (B&W) so special?

A: In simple terms, the B&W charts are the old charts, no colour. They are no longer in print and are sourced from archives.
The detail is exquisite especially on the land. Key features on land such as church spires were very important for navigation and are still visible today though they may not be recorded on the modern charts.
We have access to the archives; we will research the most suitable chart for the clients needs and arrange to have prints made ensuring that copyrights are respected.
Sourcing and working with B&W nautical charts involves a lot of extra work and therefore costs more. What we can guarantee is that the end result is worth it and more!

Q: Do you hold 3D chart Stock?

A: No. Every piece is made to order.

Q: How long does it take to order a 3D chart?

A: Typical lead-time is about three to six weeks from receipt of order. Sourcing of charts from overseas takes time as well as the actual time to make the commission. In the case of the ORIGINS design we can deliver within 1 to 2 weeks from receipt of order. We strive to meet our clients needs even if they are late ordering!!!. It is possible to turn around commissions in a much shorter time scale ………do ask us!
Our promise is that if we commit to a date then we will honor the commitment no matter what!!!

Q: How reliable is Surround lighting?

A: Surround lighting uses LED modules, which are typically specified for 80,000 hours. We take great care to mount the modules on a special heat sink thereby ensuring reliability.

Q: What framing options are there?

A: We offer a specific range of frames that reflect modern and classic styles. Framing is a critical part of the overall design. We will guide you on what is best for your application and are open to new ideas.

Q: Can I just get the 3D chart and frame it myself?

A: No! The frame design and colour matching of the surround mounts is an integral part of the 3D chart. It has taken us several years to perfect.
A second reason, the 3D chart is very fragile, the frame protects the chart at all times especially in shipping.

Q: Shipping and how much?

A: We will ship to anywhere in the world. We use a global courier service. The service is charged at cost only.

Q: Insurance?

A: We may charge a nominal insurance fee. If the unit is damaged in transit then we will replace subject to conditions.

Q: How much does a Light Chart Cost?

A: Light charts start from €700. The chart is constructed using Blockmount process which eliminates the need for glass making it safer to ship, the face of the chart is protected with a 100 micron layer which has UV protection. The edge is finished in black and is ready to hang. The unit is powered by an external power supply feeding 9V to the chart electronics.
Sometimes we combine two charts in one so there is an extra charge of €120.
In addition we can also provide conventional framing around this as follows:
Black frame +€90
Oak frame +€130
B&W charts may command a premium charge depending on chart source.
Prices exclude VAT (13.5%) ZERO EXPORT outside EU.
Packaging and shipping is charged at cost.

Q: How much does a Chart Table Cost?

A: Chart tables are bespoke so the table itself costs at least €1500 to make and when you add the laminated safety glass , the 3D chart and the surround lighting you will need a minimum budget of €3000+
Prices exclude VAT (13.5%) ZERO EXPORT outside EU.
Packaging and shipping is charged at cost.

Q: UV & Environment protection?

A: When it comes to hanging any art in sunlight there is no such thing as 100% UV protection. What you will read are claims of 95 to 99% UV protection which unfortunately means it is will be affected by UV, it might take a bit longer to . Do not hang any art in direct sunlight.
When printing the classic B&W charts we use archival inks.
All pieces are carefully mounted and hermetically sealed.
Latitude Kinsale is in business since 2001. Bobby Nash is the original 3D chart artist, with clients in every continent, in all kids of environments, both on land and at sea. We know our stuff!!!