NOAA, NGA, Coast
Guard, and other U. S. Government Publications
Did you know that the U. S. government
publishes some of the best navigation information
available? Find guides for destinations worldwide,
navigation information, and references to expand your
U. S. Coast Pilots
contain supplemental navigation information for
coastal and intracoastal waters that would be
important, but difficult to show on a nautical
chart. Topics include:
- Channel descriptions
- Bridge and cable clearances
- Current patterns
- Tide and water levels
- Wharf descriptions
Directions offer supplemental navigation
information for destinations outside the U. S.
"Enroute" volumes offer destination specifics
and focus on pilotage; "Planning" volumes
provide background information about
destinations: their government, buoyage
system, currency, holidays, hazards, military
operations, and special considerations.
||Light Lists and Lists of
They're similar but different, so don't be
Light Lists identify the specific
location (latitude and longitude) plus
characteristics of the buoys and marks on U. S.
Lists of Lights offer similar
information for destinations outside of U. S.
||Summaries of Corrections
Don't have a complete library of Notices to
Mariners to correct your charts and
Summaries of Corrections
will help you with updating.
The batteries never run
out! Many commercial mariners and offshore
sailors still practice the art of finding your
location with the sun, moon, and stars.
annual tables are required to interpret your
sextant's measurements. American
Practical Navigator (Bowditch) describes the
modern principles of marine navigation and
includes the tables, data, and formulas required
for dead reckoning, piloting, and celestial
navigation. It's probably the single most
complete navigational reference available!
||Tide and Current Tables
provide you with current flows and tide heights
for destinations worldwide. Never run
||Codes of Federal Regulations
The law. Select CFR
volumes cover the regulations that pertain
to vessel operations and requirements.
navigation information, distance tables, and
much more. A wealth of nautical
knowledge is available from the U. S.
pilot chart is one of the most valuable
tools available to the offshore sailor.
Each chart documents prevailing weather
patterns-- wind, currents, wave heights,
visibility, surface pressure, sea surface
temperature, and ice caps--for 5o
sections of the North Atlantic, South Atlantic,
North Pacific, South Pacific, or Indian Oceans.