NOAA now has over 1,000 Free BookletCharts™ available for free download in PDF format for printing yourself. BookletCharts™ are 8.5 by 11 inch reduced scale nautical charts designed for recreational and small boats. NOAA has been developing these charts that are tiled and printed in 8.5 x 11 inch format for several years. The BookletCharts™ contain most of the information of their full sized charts but other information has been added from the Coast Pilot and other resources that recreational boaters might not have. The BookletCharts™ have been reduced in scale slightly from the original charts and formatted for printing in a size that is easier to use on a small boat.
You can download the PDF chart files, print them yourself and staple or bind the pages together, giving you a very convenient sized chart for use on your boat. If you print them on waterproof paper with waterproof ink they can get rained on without damage.
BookletCharts™ are an inexpensive way to have charts on your boat. Having accurate charts reduces the risk of hitting a hazard to navigation. Many boaters seem to rely on their memories, vague advice from friends (or in a couple of cases, a road atlas!) for their navigation needs. Venturing into a new area, can be stressful or dangerous if the proper charts are not on-board and used properly.
Another advantage of the BookletCharts™ is that individual pages can be printed out. I have printed out individual pages and made notes on them to help friends and crew members.
Note: Booklet Charts do not fulfill chart carriage requirements for regulated commercial vessels under Titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Printing Note: The pages are designed to be printed duplex (both sides of the paper) that will put adjoining pages together at the center of the booklet, you can also bind the pages back to back if you can’t print on both sides. See the printing notes in the BookletCharts™.
Pacific Coast Booklet Charts, (including Hawai’ian, Mariana and Samoan Islands)
Download BookletChart 18440 (9 MB PDF) – Puget Sound
Download BookletChart 18446 (6.3 MB PDF) Puget Sound-Apple Cove Point to Keyport;Agate Passage
Download BookletChart 18447 (7.3 MB PDF) Lake Washington Ship Canal and Lake Washington
NOAA Chart Catalogs: U.S. Waters If you need help finding a chart number or coverage area.
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