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Pilot Charts

Monthly charts of the oceans used for voyage planning. They include prevailing winds and currents, isobars of average pressures, magnetic variation, gale frequencies, shipping lanes, traditional sailing routes (though they tend to be more downwind than required by modern yachts), and limits of ice flow where applicable. British Pilot Charts are similar to the American ones. Some Pilot Charts can now be downloaded online. See www.starpath.com/navpubs

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