About Us

Harbour Lights Decorative Lighted Charts, LLC is a year 2005 startup founded by Carl Welshman as an avocation in retirement. As a life long sailor who wanted to stay connected with the nautical life-style, Carl had the “bright idea” that navaids on NOAA harbor charts could be made to light up and flash in their correct time periods and colors.

With the help of his wife Lynn, he designed a system that transforms traditional NOAA nautical charts into living, instructional, decorative conversation pieces. At their Connecticut based Company, they hand-craft and frame nautical charts that accurately depict the actual lighted navigational aids. The small LED lights, driven by a computer programmed microprocessor, indicate the location, color and exact flash sequence of each lighted aid. A “special light” can be added to depict a residence, business, slip or mooring.

Our commitment to “up to the moment” accuracy, the use of highest quality materials and the providing of personalized service and delivery has proven very successful. The fact that these unique, decorative, framed masterpieces are numbered and signed just adds to their value.

Our enjoyment comes from seeing the happy facial expressions and hearing the glowing endorsements from previous customers who make it a point to visit our exhibit at various East Coast boat shows.

Click here to listen to this recent 1-1/2 minute photo interview with Rick Dieffenbach at the recent Maine Boat Builder’s Show (interview courtesy of¬†BoatMaine.US).