Tag Archives: Chart Reading

Coast Survey improves access to data on thousands of wrecks and obstructions

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Knowing the locations of shipwrecks and other obstructions has always been important for safe navigation ‒ but mariners are not the only people who want to know about wrecks. They are also important for…

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Free NOAA Charts!

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 … Continue reading

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U.S. Aids to Navigation

Understanding what an Aid to Navigation (ATON) means is a very important part of Safe Boating.  One of the problems understanding what each Aid to Navigation means is visualizing what a specific ATON looks like and match it to the … Continue reading

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Introduction-to-Marine-Charts-Part 1

A short PowerPoint Introduction to Marine Charts showing different scales and explains some basic information that is found on a chart and a few hints on what to look for on a chart and points out some often overlooked tidbits … Continue reading

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Chart 18446 Lab Exercise – Crew Class–Part 1

Chart familiarization Lab Exercise done by the sailing crew class in the Fall of 2011.  This has examples of common questions encountered by small boat operators.  The Exercise was worked as a group effort by the students at each table. … Continue reading

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Where Are You In Puget Sound?

“Where are you” is a common question you hear on the VHF radio most any day in Puget Sound.  Sometimes the answer is a bit humorous such as “Puget Sound you idiot” or “A great fishing spot.” But sometimes the … Continue reading

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Introduction To U.S. Aids to Navigation – Examples from Shilshole Bay, Puget Sound

Understanding what an Aid To Navigation (ATON) means and looks like from just the symbol on the chart can be very difficult for many boaters. This is a narrated PowerPoint introduction  to U. S.  Aids to Navigation.  Individual chart symbols … Continue reading

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Introduction to U.S. Aids to Navigation

A short illustrated introduction to the U.S. Aids to Navigation System with pictures of Aids to Navigation (ATON’s) from the Seattle area.  The PowerPoint presentation is narrated and is about 10 minutes in length.  A formatted for printing PDF file … Continue reading

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