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A fundamental resource for navigation, Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book supplies critical tidal data for navigation. This captain's companion holds data regarding tidal current flow, velocity, direction and tide charts that are the key to informed piloting. Use this resource in conjunction with up to date charts to predict draft in harbor entrances or to ride the tidal flow to your destination port.

Eldridge was first written in 1854 by cartographer George Eldridge of Chatham, and has been continuously in print since 1875. The Tide and Pilot Book was compiled with son, Capt. George W. Eldridge, and covers the entire east coast, with particularly superior coverage of the northeast. This piloting companion also includes a light list, weather information, and much more. Highly recommended for any east coast navigator.

Info & Guides
Approximately 6" x 9", 272 pages

Eldridge includes the following Sections:

Technical Information

  • Tide Tables - Portland, Boston, Newport, Bridgeport, Kings Point, The Battery, Sandy Hook, Baltimore, Miami Harbor Entrance
  • Current Tables - Cape Cod Canal, Woods Hole, Pollock Rip, The Race, Hell Gate, The Narrows, Delaware Bay Entrance, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
  • Current Charts and Diagrams - Boston, Buzzards Bay, Vineyard & Nantucket Sounds, Narragansett Bay, Long Island & Block Island Sounds, New York Bay, Upper Chesapeake Bay
  • Emergency First Aid - What you need to know for most emergencies
  • Marine Emergency & Distress Calling - How to call for help
  • Lights, Fog Signals & Offshore Buoys - Characteristics of buoys and lighthouses, with latitude/longitude, from Nova Scotia
  • Electronic Navigation - GPS, Racons, VHF, EPIRBS
  • Clean Boating - Tips for environmentally responsible boating, Clean Vessel Act, USCG Pollution Regulations, how to find pumpout stations
  • Weather - Radio weather reports, hurricane precautions and tracking chart, barometric pressure guide, Fitzroy Barometer Instructions, Beaufort Scale
  • Astronomical Data - Sun and Moon Tables, Moon Phases
  • Miscellaneous - How currents affect fishing, IALA Buoyage System, Cruising Charts, Navigation Lights and Sound Signals, ferry information, adjusting your compass, USCG Stations, and more

Reviews for 2020 Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book

10 of 10 Reviews

March 4, 2020

Provides difficult to find current flow information.
By Waverider from Londonderry, NH

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I used my dad's 1974 edition in my earlier years when we sailed together on the East Coast. The new edition contains much of the same useful information as the older version and I find it a great value.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 5, 2020

I will Use this reference until I find a better one
By Captain B from Harrington, DE

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It is a great reference for tides and current which happens to cover the areas where I operate my boat. It does get a bit of effort to learn how to use it as it uses reference areas for the actual tide tables and you have to use the indicated offset times for the actual high and low tides.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 25, 2015

Classic reference book
By TJ from New Paltz, NY

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This is THE book to have if you're paddling in the NYC area. I planned a circumnavigation of Manhattan using the charts and tables in this book and they were unbelievably accurate. Don't know about other areas, but I would assume they are equally accurate.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 14, 2012

Eldridge is the best
By Harrison Presto Maritime Associates from Pascoag, RI

No one should leave port with it. Very readable, wide range of navigation topic; must have for any serious navigation.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 10, 2012

Great for boating Newbe
By Raven Art from Riverside RI

I was suprised how much info is packed in this small volume. Much more than tides and currents!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 3, 2012

Indipensable
By Alan from Kittery, ME

Eldridge has long been my primary reference on tides, lights, and currents. I can't imagine cruising eastern New England without this outstanding source of data.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 5, 2010

From New York to Eastport, a must have
By Gypsy from Bath, ME

Essential for planning a cruise or a race, especially in Buzzards and Narragansett Bays. A great quick reference when actual conditions / events vary from the plan. I have wished for some time that the conciseness of the BB / NB information could be extended north and east to Marblehead, Casco and Penobscot Bays.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 13, 2010

A Must on every Boat
By Parksider from Wickford, RI

every boat in these waters should always have this book, tide, currents, etc. i think it the bible for navigating threw the northeast waters,

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 10, 2009

Exactly what it's supposed to be
By Bay sailor from New York, NY

This has been around for a long time, is a staple for all boaters, and there is a reason for it - it's good.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 24, 2008

Great reference book
By capt ed from howell, nj

on boat for tides and currents

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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