Listed here are a few navigational resources that may prove useful for yacht and boat deliveries, cruise planning, passagemaking, or anyone simply interested in the art and science of marine navigation.

While most of this information can be found in the public domain, in most cases I have found it to be widely scattered and not always easy to locate. So here is my attempt to bring a few relevant, and just possibly a few irrelevant, navigational resources together in one location.

This will be an ongoing project and I will be adding to these resources as often as scheduling allows. If you have suggestions for additional material, comments, or questions, send an e-mail to:

Many of the files here are PDF files that have been compressed using WinZip™. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader™ and a zip or compression program to use them. Adobe Acrobat Reader™ is available free from Adobe and can be downloaded from their web site: www.Adobe.com. WinZip™ can be found at the WinZip™ Web Site.

So, for the yacht and boat delivery crew, navigators, cruisers, or passagemakers I hope that you find some of this material useful in your endeavors.


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Resources

Please note: many of these files are quite large and will require substantial time to download over a dial up connection.


~Chart #1~

Navigation - Chart No. 1 Chart SymbolsChart No. 1, incorporates the symbols contained in the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). Where appropriate, each page lists separately the current preferred U.S. symbols shown on charts of the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). Also shown in separate columns are the IHO symbols used on foreign charts reproduced by NIMA. For more information regarding the use of the chart, the practice of navigation, chart sounding datum, and visual and audible aids to navigation, the user should refer to NIMA pub. No. 9 - American Practical Navigator (Bowditch).

This file now located on our new download site.

File Size - 37.6 Mb.

Chart #1 - Download



~American Practical Navigator~

American Practical Navigator - BowditchQuite simply, this is the acknowledged bible of marine navigation worldwide. No other publication offers such a detailed look into the various types of navigation used today. From deduced (dead) reckoning to electronic to celestial navigation.

This file now located on our new download site.

File Size - 41.2 Mb.

American Practical Navigator - Download



~Coast Pilots of the United States ~

Passagemaking - US Coast PilotThe United States Coast Pilot, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is a series of nine nautical volumes that cover a wide variety of information important to navigators of U.S. coastal and intracoastal waters, and the waters of the Great Lakes.

Most Coast Pilot information cannot be shown graphically on the standard nautical chart, and is not readily available elsewhere. The topics in the Coast Pilot include, but are not limited to, 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.

All files are now located on our new download site.

Average file size - 17.0 Mb per Volume.

U.S. Coast Pilot Index



~Distances Between U.S. Ports~

Cruise Planning - Distances Between U.S. PortsDistances Between United States Ports is published by the Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Distances Between United States Ports contains distances from a port of the United States to other ports in the United States, and from a port in the Great Lakes in the United States to Canadian ports in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

This file now located on our new download site.

File Size - 1.6 Mb.

Distances Between U.S. Ports - Download



~Navigation - Rules of the Road~

Navigation - Rules of the Road-Collision Regulations - ColRegsThe international rules are applicable on waters outside of established navigational lines of demarcation. The lines are called COLREGS Demarcation Lines and delineate those waters upon which mariners shall comply with the Inland and International Rules. COLREGS Demarcation Lines are contained in this book.

The Inland Rules in this book replace the old Inland Rules, Western Rivers Rules, Great Lakes Rules, their respective pilot rules and interpretive rules, and parts of the Motorboat Act of 1940. Many of the old navigation rules were originally enacted in the last century.

This file now located on our new download site.

File Size - 991 Kb.

Navigation Rules - Download



~International Code of Signals~

Communications - International Code of SignalsThe purpose of the International Code of Signals is to provide ways and means of communication in situations related essentially to safety of navigation and persons, especially when language difficulties arise. In the preparation of the Code, account was taken of the fact that wide application of radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy can provide simple and effective means of communication in plain language whenever language difficulties are not an issue.

This file now located on our new download site.

File Size - 1.2 Mb.

International Code of Signals - Download



~NGA List of Lights and USCG Light Lists~

Navigation - U.S. Light ListsLights and other marine aids to navigation, maintained by or under authority of the U.S. Coast Guard or in the case of foreign waters by their respective governments, on waters used by general navigation, are described. These volumes include aids located in the waters indicated.

Included are all aids to navigation used for general navigation such as lights, sound signals, buoys,daybeacons, and other aids to navigation. Not included are mooring buoys and some buoys having no lateral significance, such as special purpose, anchorage, fish net, and dredging.

All files are now located on our new download site.

Average file size - 2.2 Mb.

USCG and NGA Light Lists



~Pilot Charts~

These charts are not intended to be used alone but in conjunction with other navigational aids. These charts present, in graphic form, averages obtained from data gathered over many years in meteorology and oceanography to aid the navigator in selecting the quickest and safest routes. Included are explanations of how to use each type of information depicted on these charts.

Weather - Pilot Charts

We have all oceans available including: North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

All files are now located on our new download site. You can either download a complete ocean set or you can download any particular month.

Average file size - 11.5 Mb per chart.

Atlas of Pilot Charts for the Major Oceans of the World



~Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Bridge Schedule~

This table lists the bridges, their schedules, and restrictions along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL and then onto Key West.

All information is now available on our new download site.

AICW Bridge and Lock Information



~Okeechobee Waterway Bridge & Lock Schedule~

This table lists the bridges and locks, their schedules, and restrictions along the Okeechobee Waterway from it's intersection with the AICW in Stuart, FL to the GICW at Fort Myers, FL.

All information is now available on our new download site.

Okeechobee Bridge and Lock Information



~Florida's Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Bridge Schedule~

This table lists the bridges, their schedules, and restrictions along Florida's GICW from it's intersection with the Okeechobee Waterway at Fort Myers, FL then North to Dunedin, FL.

All information is now available on our new download site.

Florida GICW Bridge Information



~New York State Canal System~

Lock and distance information for the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals and also includes information on the Federal Lock at Troy, NY.

Navigation, lock, and transit information is now available on our new download site.

New York State Canal System



~Sailing Directions~

Passagemaking - Sailing DirectionsSailing Directions are published by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under the authority of Department of Defense. Sailing Directions cover the harbors, coasts, and waters of foreign countries of the world and provide information that cannot be shown graphically on nautical charts and is not readily available elsewhere.

Sailing Directions (Planning Guides) are intended to assist mariners in planning ocean passages and to eliminate duplication by consolidating useful information about all the countries adjacent to a particular ocean basin in one volume.

Sailing Directions (Enroute) include detailed coastal and port approach information which supplements the largest scale chart produced by the National Geospatial - Intelligence Agency.

We have all volumes of the Sailing Directions available through our new download site.

Planning and Enroute Sailing Directions Index



~The Welland Canal~

The Welland Canal is a major shipping canal joining Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. It offers the only reasonable alternative to the Erie Canal for vessels with MHH’s above 15.5 feet that are up bound or down bound in the Great Lakes. Navigation, lock, and transit information is now available on our new download site.

Welland Canal