U.S. Coast Pilot now offers completely updated publications every week. The new PDF version, available free on this website every Tuesday, automatically incorporates the latest revisions. The version is identified by that week’s Sunday’s date at the top of every page.
The “Weekly Record of Updates” (now preceding the index) is intended as a log for critical updates, and for online versions or Print on Demand (POD) copies, all weekly updates issued and applied at time of download or purchase are listed. Affected paragraphs within the chapters are indicated by a gray highlight for ease of identification; e.g. (215)
Print-on-Demand (POD) copies of the U.S. Coast Pilot, produced from these same updated files, are available for sale by authorized printing partners. (NOAA will continue to print new editions annually for customers who prefer the traditional hardcopy book.)
To serve you better, we have made it easier to self-correct the printed Coast Pilot:
- In the past, updates identified only those lines of a particular paragraph that required revision. Now, we replace the entire paragraph that contains the change.
- If new information requires insertion of a new paragraph(s), it will be numbered as a subset of the preceding paragraph. For example, if a new paragraph is inserted after paragraph 43, it will be numbered 43.01 (This temporary numbering will remain in place until the next annual new edition is printed.)
- Be advised, page numbers may change. Always note the chapter and paragraph number for reference, as these will remain constant for a given edition.
- We no longer list updates as Change 1, Change 2, etc. Now, we identify each update by the actual date of posting.
- To increase efficiency and timeliness, Coast Pilot updates are only posted on this website, and no longer included in the Coast Guard Local Notice to Mariners.
Coast Survey has thoroughly tested this new Coast Pilot update system. While the changes are substantial improvements for navigation safety, we realize that customers are accustomed to the traditional books and updates. If you have questions or comments, we’d like to hear from you.