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So what is the Coast Pilot? Where do I find it and how do I use it?
The United States Coast Pilot® consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart.
Here are a few simple rules everyone should know and follow when refueling.
• Locate the fire extinguishers – rehearse emergency exit regularly.
• Close hatches and portholes BEFORE fueling.
• Turn OFF electrical equipment – anything that can cause a spark.
• Have all passengers leave the vessel and wait on the dock during refueling.
• Keep the fuel nozzle in contact with the tank opening to prevent static buildup/sparks
• Sniff the boat for fumes – especially the bilge – open hatches and air out the vessel.
• Run the Blower for at least four (4) minutes BEFORE starting engine(s).
• Bring crew and passengers aboard only after safely starting the engine(s).
P/C Dale Thibodeaux, AP
Notice to Mariners
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So what is the “Notice to Mariners” and why should I read it? That is a question that many local boaters ask. Updated charts and chart plotters are very useful tools but they don’t contain “local knowledge” or information on navigation in a specific area. This information is called the Notice to Mariners and is updated weekly by the United States Coast Guard.