This book is an up to date and expanded edition of a text that has been used in navigation courses for 30 years. It covers practical small-craft navigation (sail, power, or paddle), starting from the basics and ending with all that may be needed to navigate safely and efficiently on inland and coastal waters in all weather conditions. It is for beginners, starting from scratch, or for more seasoned mariners who wish to expand their skills.
- Charts, Chart Reading, and Chart Plotting
- Instruments and Logbook Procedures
- Compass Use
- Piloting and Dead Reckoning
- Lights and Buoyage
- Tides and Currents
- Rules of the Road
- GPS and other Electronic Aids
The GPS tells us where we are and how fast we are moving in what direction, but it can never tell us the safest, most efficient route to our destination. That fundamental task requires the basic navigation skills taught in this book, which we will use as well to check the GPS underway, and then be prepared to navigate without the GPS if we wish to. The hallmark of good seamanship is to look ahead and be prepared..
The text covers not only the long tested traditional methods of navigation but also the efficient use of the up to date technology in electronic navigation and charting, including the latest NOAA announcement that they’re switching to all print-on-demand chart distribution.
A Navigation Workbook of related practice exercises is to be had in print or Kindle.
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