Given the cost of making color copies, and the hundreds of copies we’ve made, we did them all in black and white. Some charts, especially the older ones that were never meant to be in color, are very easy to read. The easiest are several ancient Nova Scotia harbor charts, drawn from a survey done over a hundred and fifty years ago, and having absolutely no latitude and longitude marks at the edges. So there will be no plotting GPS positions on those! But as long as the bearings are still the same, they’ll be perfect for piloting. The newer charts, which distinguish between land and sea and rocks by colors, rather than by shading, are nearly impossible to read in black and white. So one of our tasks, as winter slowly gives way to spring, is to illuminate our charts with colored pencils. Green for Ireland, a brownish-gray for England, yellow for France, and all the fathom lines in deepening shades of blue. We did this, years and years ago, to our first set of copied Caribbean charts, and found it a splendid way to get acquainted with places soon to be visited, and to put foreign-sounding names on a mental map.