A qualified, experienced captain with detailed knowledge of

local waters, who helps the master of a ship negotiate those waters. Pilotage

is compulsory for big ships in some harbours and their approaches. Private

pleasure craft take a pilot only when they choose to. Fly flag G if you need a

pilot – and can afford him.


(or pilot book) A book of pilotage instructions or sailing directions for particular waters. Either government publications, prepared for shipping by bodies

such as the United States Defense Mapping Agency (or the US Army Corps of

Engineers for the Great Lakes), and by the Hydrographer of the Navy in Britain,

or by commercial ventures specially suited to yachtsmen.