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Useful Navigation Publications
Description and Links
Chart Catalogs list all the official government charts published in a particular area, such as a state or region of the US covered by that particular catalog. The catalogs can be quite useful when planning a trip to make sure you have the most appropriate charts for your needs. Click on this link to go to NOAA's Chart Catalog and Chart Viewer Page.
Light Lists are documents that contain a list of lights, sound signals, buoys, daybeacons, and other aids to navigation. The front matter contains useful explanations about the Aids to Navigation System. These documents are updated via the Local Notice to Mariner. To view or download the Light List for your area of interest click on the Coast Guard's NAVCEN Light List Page and follow the directions there.
The United States Coast Pilottm consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart. Topics in the Coast Pilot include channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and Federal regulations applicable to navigation. Coast Pilot 1 covers the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, and part of Massachusetts, from West Quoddy Head in Maine to Provincetown in Massachusetts. Major ports are at Portsmouth, NH and Boston MA. Click on this link to go to NOAA's Coast Pilot Download Page.
Chart No. 1 Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms is a reference publication depicting basic chart elements and explains nautical chart symbols and abbreviations associated with National Ocean Service and Defense Mapping Agency charts. It is a valuable aid for new chart users and a useful tool for all mariners. Click on this link to go to the Chart 1 Download Page at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's website.
American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, was
billed as the "epitome of navigation" by its original author, Nathaniel
Bowditch. The text has evolved with the advances in navigation practices
since that first issue and continues to serve as a valuable reference
for marine navigation in the modern day. This document is quite large
and not intended for the casual reader. Click on this link to go
American Practical Navigator Download Page
at the National
Geospatial Intelligence Agency's website.