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PDF Nautical Charts
Raster navigational chart NOAA provides about a thousand high-resolution printable nautical charts — almost the entire NOAA suite of charts — as PDF files. The PDF nautical charts are exact images of NOAA’s traditional nautical charts.

Download free PDF charts from this list, or by using the chart catalog.

Just as with Print-on-Demand (POD) and NOAA raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC®), Coast Survey checks each chart weekly, and applies all critical corrections, so you are assured of getting the newest information when you download the PDF.

Most charts can be printed from any plotter capable of plotting 36” width to achieve 1:1 scale (see graphic below).

(NOTE: Mariners using paper charts to meet chart carriage requirements under federal regulations should use printed charts provided by NOAA-certified print-on-demand vendors. POD charts meet stringent print standards and are recognized by an official certification of authenticity printed on the chart.)

View PDF files with free PDF readers such as Adobe Reader. If you do not already have this viewer installed on your computer, you may obtain it at no cost from the Adobe Reader webpage. Search the internet for other free PDF readers.

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