Coast Survey’s mandate is to provide nautical products that help make maritime transportation safe. As we develop and improve navigational products for commercial mariners, we also look for opportunities to serve the recreational boating community. All of the products listed below are available as free downloads.
BookletCharts™ are nautical charts in booklet form, downloadable for printing from home computers. People like to put each page into a sheet protector, and keep the updated notebooks on their boats.
For the tons (and tons) of useful information that can’t be put on the nautical charts, check out the United States Coast Pilot®, nine volumes of supplemental information important to safe and enjoyable navigation.
What’s happening on the water? nowCOAST is a web mapping portal to real-time coastal observations and NOAA forecasts, helping boaters stay aware of the ever-changing marine environment.
U.S. Chart No. 1 is the guide for understanding the symbols, abbreviations, and terms used on nautical charts.
It’s fun to learn the history of where you’re sailing, and studying old charts sometimes reveal histories you never suspected. Our Historical Map & Chart Collection has over 35,000 images, covering offshore and onshore sites. They include some of the nation’s earliest nautical charts, bathymetric maps, city plans, and even a special collection of Civil War maps, charts and sketches.
If you’ve got an Android tablet, don’t forget our beta test of a new app. MyNOAACharts allows users to download free NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot for easy use in trip planning and while sailing.
Do you want to teach kids about nautical charting? Explore these educational activities and videos, including the animated primer on nautical charts, Travel the Seas.
Finally, this reminder: Coast Survey is the nation’s nautical chartmaker, responsible for charting 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes. We need your help. While we use four NOAA survey ships, six 28-survey boats, a 57-foot research vessel, and private contractors to acquire hydrographic data to update charts, it isn’t nearly enough to keep up on changes of the seafloor and coasts. We need you to report discrepancies between what’s on your chart and what’s in the water. Report charting discrepancies online or call 888-990-6622.
And have a fun (and safe) time on the water!