We are currently on a cruise up the East Coast with the owner and a group of his friends. Pilotage varies from port to port so I though I would share a compilation of the latest information for the ports we're visiting. Charleston Vessels with a deep draft of greater than 11 feet are required to take a pilot. Virginia Any foreign vessel over 300 Tons is required to have a pilot aboard. Under federal and state law, I am able to act as the pilot for our boat in Virginia (even though the local pilots saw fit to present me with a bill which will forever go unpaid) so was able to avoid pilotage there. CFR 46, part 15.812 Maryland Vessels less than 500 Tons aren't required to have a pilot until they reach Baltimore. North of Baltimore any vessel of 100 tons or greater is required to take a Maryland pilot through to Chesapeake City on the C&D Canal. Cost is hourly, so for us the cost would have been $950. Delaware Any foreign vessel greater than 100 tons is required to have a pilot aboard. They charge by units, with a minimum charge for 200 units (Rena is 40 units). The cost is $3576.00 New York/New Jersey Any foreign vessel over 200 feet is required to take a pilot going into New Jersey waters. Any foreign vessel over 100 feet is required to take a pilot into New York waters. Inter-harbor movements do not require a pilot. New York is trying to pass legislation to increase their requirement to 200 feet in order to be consistent with New Jersey. In the mean-time there is nothing preventing a foreign flagged yacht from heading into New Jersey for a short rest at anchor before heading into NYC Boston Any foreign flagged vessel over 350 Tons is required to take a pilot in Boston.