United States Coast Pilots
The front cover of Coast Pilots Volume Five.
|Purpose:||Provide detailed information about U.S. near-coastal waters.|
|Published by:||National Ocean Service|
|Available Online:||"United States Coast Pilot".|
United States Coast Pilots is a nine-volume American navigation publication distributed yearly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Coast Survey. The purpose of the publication is to supplement nautical charts of United States of America (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. Each volume of Coast Pilots must be regularly corrected using Notice to Mariners.
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.
See also 
- American Practical Navigator
- Light List
- List of Lights
- Local Notice to Mariners
- Notice to Mariners
- Sailing Directions
- Chapter 4: Nautical Publications - from the online edition of Nathaniel Bowditch's American Practical Navigator
- "United States Coast Pilot". Retrieved 2010-02-10.
- Coast Pilots Download page for the nine volumes