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United States Coast Pilot®

The Coast Pilot Series

The United States Coast Pilot® 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.

What is the U.S. Coast Pilot®?

The United States Coast Pilot® 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.

U.S. Coast Pilot Topics

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.

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Updated Publications Available Weekly

All Coast Pilot books are available to download for free from the Office of Coast Survey website.

To download the weekly updates and the latest edition, select the appropriate book cover. Please report a discrepancy or provide additional information for updating the Coast Pilot.

Hard copies of Coast Pilot can be purchased from NOAA Certified Coast Pilot Distributors, and are up to date at the time of printing.

Appendix C contains the United States Coast Guard’s combined International and Inland Navigation Rules, their Annexes and associated Federal rules and regulations. Due to limitations of the Coast Pilot Production System, this appendix is currently only included in Coast Pilot 1, but will soon be included in all nine volumes. For the interim, a PDF of Appendix C is available under Related Links on the right.

Important Coast Pilot Information

Notice: Incomplete and otherwise inaccurate reproductions of United States Coast Pilot are being sold on the commercial market.

Notice: To increase efficiency and timeliness, Coast Pilot updates will only be posted on this website, and no longer be included in the Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners.

* While the Office of Coast Survey is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998, our Coast Pilot PDF files are not yet compliant.

Coast Pilot Extras

Revised: 6/7/2018