A pilot chart is one of the most valuable
tools available to the offshore sailor.
Each chart documents prevailing weather
patterns-- wind, currents, wave heights,
visibility, surface pressure, sea surface
temperature, and ice caps--for 5o
sections of the North Atlantic, South Atlantic,
North Pacific, South Pacific, or Indian
Oceans. In essence, a pilot chart contains
graphic representations of averages obtained
from data gathered over man years in meteorology
and oceanography to aid the navigator in
selecting the quickest and safest routes.
Each atlas contains a chart for each month of
the year. Explanations of how to use each
type of information depicted are included.
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