U. S. Coast Pilots

Coast Pilots (Current 2012)

The National Ocean Service publishes nine United States Coast Pilots to supplement nautical charts of U.S. waters. Information comes from field inspections, survey vessels, and various harbor authorities. Maritime officials and pilotage associations provide additional information.

 Coast Pilots provide more detailed information than Sailing Directions because Sailing Directions are intended exclusively for the oceangoing mariner. The Notice to Mariners updates Coast Pilots.

 Each volume contains comprehensive sections on local operational considerations and navigation regulations.


 Following chapters contain detailed discussions of coastal navigation. An appendix provides information on obtaining additional weather information, communications services, and other data. An index and additional tables complete the volume.

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Coast pilot Vol 1        Coast pilot Vol 2

Coast pilot Vol 3        Coast pilot Vol 4

Coast pilot Vol 5        Coast pilot Vol 6

Coast pilot Vol 7        Coast pilot Vol 8

Coast pilot Vol 9