U. S. COAST PILOTS
1. Obtain copy of pertinent section of current COAST PILOT at "http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/ cpdownload.htm" appropriate to your cruising area. Familiarize yourself with this information.
2. Visit areas comparing information in COAST PILOT with observation (s). Note corrections, discrepancies, new details, etc.
3. Edit text in COAST PILOT preserving style, format, etc. Organize your supporting data including edition, volume, page, column, and line to which correction applies on a copy of the "Coast Pilot" worksheet.
4. Log on CCWEB at "https://www.ccweb.noaa.gov/ccweb/" and complete the on-line report. Attach information, corrections, corrected text, new text, photographs, etc. Check all information and promptly submit your report.
Suggested items to check:
RANGE LINE SURVEYS
1. Obtain nautical charts for areas you wish to work. Select the largest scale charts that cover the areas. (1:20,000 charts are larger scale than 1:40,000).
2. Review the chart(s) and make a list of candidate ranges to survey.
3. Look at "Recent Range Line Surveys" on CCWEB at "https://www.ccweb.noaa.gov/ccweb/PreviousRanges.asp" and delete from your list any candidates that have been reported within the last three years.
In the Field:
5. Express the whole degrees of Latitude with two digits and Longitude to three. Insert leading "0's", if necessary. Insert leading "-" for southern Latitudes and western Longitudes. Convert minutes or minutes and seconds of Latitude and Longitude to decimal fractions of degrees expressed to five decimal places. Place each position on a separate line in a text file using Notepad or equivalent text-editing program. A sample line might look like:
where the fields are separated by the "pipe" symbol but no spaces.
6. Organize your data by listing the information on a copy of the "Range Line Surveys" worksheet.
7. Log on CCWEB at "https://www.ccweb.noaa.gov/ccweb/" and complete the on-line report.