Wednesday, December 01, 2004

USCG Auxiliary Asks the Boating Public to be Careful When Buying Nautical Charts

There have been several reports that retail chart sellers have been selling out-of-date nautical charts to the boating public.

(PRWEB) December 1, 2004 -- There have been several reports that retail chart sellers have been selling out-of-date nautical charts to the boating public.

Proper up-to-date nautical charts are the first step in taking any cruise, whether its around the local bay or from San Diego to Catalina Island. Without accurate charts, the boat, its crew and passengers face increased risks from the ever-changing ocean.

Each week, the United States Coast Guard's Navigation Center (www.navcen.uscg.mil) issues nine regional Local Notice to Mariners. These Notices detail specific changes in the waters within the region.

NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is charged with producing Nautical Charts. Before purchasing any Nautical Chart, boaters should stop by their website and check on the latest edition of their chart. This page is located at: http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/mcd/dole.htm.

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