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As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, they might want to get the NOAA BookletChart, a product that you can print at home for free. BookletCharts are made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.

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The BookletChart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart. Bar scales are also reduced in scale, but are accurate when used to measure distances in a BookletChart. Excerpts from the United States Coast Pilot are included. Most chart notes are consolidated on a single page for easy reference. Emergency information for the charted area is printed on the back cover.

With separate version for the Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast, Alaska, and Great Lakes, the BookletCharts are updated every week with Notices to Mariners.

The Bookletchart Page Index shows the general layout of the chart among the printed pages; it does not show the exact area of coverage for any particular page. Differences between the index page (showing general coverage) and each page’s actual coverage are unavoidable.

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, is the nation’s nautical chartmaker. Its hydrographers survey the coastal seafloor, respond to maritime emergencies and search for underwater dangers to navigation. Join Coast Survey on Twitter and check out the NOAA Coast Survey Blog for more in-depth coverage of surveying and charting.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

Learn more about the NOAA BookletChart here.

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