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All vessels should have access to this information underway. This is one of the logically (if not legally) required references to carry.

Although a printed copy is likely the most convenient for practical navigation underway, we should note that there is a free PDF (130 MB) of this book available from NOAA. Either can be used for course study.


  • Coil bound paperback,
  • 8.5" x 11",
  • Landscape,
  • 125 pages,
  • Color graphics.
  • 13th edition, April, 2019.

See also our related text that focuses on the symbols and use of electronic charts: Introduction to Electronic Chart Navigation.

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