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UK sources for Charts and Pilot Books

Our site paints a broad brush picture of popular cruising destinations. For navigation and pilotage, you will need corrected charts, paper or digital. Pilot guide books add more hints about pilotage and anchoring possibilities, and information about local facilities. Things change, so there are corrections to these publications, usually available on-line. Even so, a percentage of information will always be out of date. This adds to the uncertainty of arriving somewhere new, a fact of life when cruising further afield. Expect the unexpected . . .

Chart Catalogues.  Imray Norie and Wilson (Imray's) publish charts oriented to the needs of the leisure sailor covering the most popular cruising locations. UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) publishes definitive charts for professional navigation, and additionally a leisure series covering UK waters, and has an on-line correction service. Admiralty charts are sold through agents. Free printed catalogues showing their available charts are published by both UKHO and Imray's.

Web Site Sources. Imray's, and also Kelvin & Hughes (through their "Bookharbour" brand), each has easy to navigate web-site catalogues for on-line ordering of charts,  pilot books and other nautical publications. An excellent web resource is http://www.navionics.com/en/webapp - nautical charts for Europe.

Where good locally produced references are available (perhaps not available from these sources) we mention them in the relevant cruise region pages.

Publishers and Catalogues:

  • Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, Wych House, The Broadway, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
    PE27 5BT,
    Tel:  +44(0) 1480 462114
    Fax: +44 (0) 1480 496109
    ( 10% discount, and Full catalogue in our Book Shop - top menu)
  • UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN
    Tel:  +44(0) 1823 337900
    Fax:  +44(0) 1823 284077
    (5% discount through our Book Shop - top menu)
  • Kelvin & Hughes "Bookharbour Site" is probably the easiest source to find what charts and pilot books are available. To buy these for a discount, use our Book Shop

Second-hand chart folios and pilot books are often advertised through the Cruising Association and other sources. Check the last correction dates against the UKHO data. Old charts will be very cheap. People say rocks don't move, but sand-banks, harbour layouts and buoyage do!


Reviewed March 2017


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