Reading the nautical charts nautical publications

To navigate safely, you need to have reference books that provide detailed information on tides, radio and light signals, symbols, etc.
The principle books are:
1. Nautical Almanac
2. Pilot Books
3. Tide Tables
4. Tidal Atlases
5. Lights and Fog Signals
6. Radio Signals
7. Symbols and Abbreviations
Let’s have a closer look at these books.
The Nautical Almanac is updated every year, so you need a current copy. The Almanac provides you with astronomical information, tide information, meteorological information and more.
Pilot Books amplify information on charts. For example, detailed harbor, approach, and caution information.
Tide Tables provide you with detailed information on tides in each port.
Tidal Atlases provide you, in pictorial form, the direction and rate of the tidal stream.
Lights and Fog Signals give you detailed information about lights, light structure, light-vessels and so on.
Radio Signals give you worldwide radio information, for example: Coast Radio Stations, Search and Rescue Procedures, Medical Advice by Radio, and so on.
Symbols and Abbreviations provide you with detailed explanations of symbols and abbreviations that are used on charts.