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: Pricing depends on the size and complexity of the location. Smaller commissions start at €400 for a framed piece that measures 300*400mm ready to hang.
A quote will be prepared for each inquiry, it will include a PDF showing the nautical chart section and suggested options.
Latitude Kinsale prides itself in its ability to create and ship to any location in the world. For a quote simply enter details below.
Mid size commissions can start at €1200 and are suitable for surround lighting.
Large commissions will cost over €2000.
A quote will be prepared for each inquiry; it will include a PDF showing the nautical chart section and suggested options.
B&W charts command a premium charge.

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 six weeks from receipt of order. Sourcing of charts from overseas takes time as well as the actual time to make the commission. 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: For colour charts the standard frame is obeche, other choices are limed white oak and walnut.
For B&W we recommend a black frame.

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