The Book of Navigation: Traditional Navigation Techniques for Boating and Yachting

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The Book of Navigation is the perfect reference for any seafarer requiring a knowledge of navigation. This highly practical book explains everything the reader needs to know to navigate a yacht or motorboat from one port to another safely and accurately. Using clear diagrams, worked examples, and color photographs throughout, Tim Bartlett covers every stage of navigation, including: charts; electronic navigation and equipment; position fixing; tides; lights, buoys, and signals;...
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Overview


The Book of Navigation is the perfect reference for any seafarer requiring a knowledge of navigation. This highly practical book explains everything the reader needs to know to navigate a yacht or motorboat from one port to another safely and accurately. Using clear diagrams, worked examples, and color photographs throughout, Tim Bartlett covers every stage of navigation, including: charts; electronic navigation and equipment; position fixing; tides; lights, buoys, and signals; shaping a course; using radar; pilotage; and passage-making.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602396210
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 725,247
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Bartlett began sailing as a child. After teaching in commercial sailing schools he became a full-time yacht skipper at a cruising club. Then after five years of running his own engineering company, he became technical editor at a motor boat and yachting magazine. He has written several nautical titles and lives in the UK.
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Table of Contents

Foreword iv

Foreword by the author vi

Introduction 1

1 Charts and the Real World 3

Latitude and longitude

Charts

2 Measuring Direction and Distance 18

Measuring Distance at Sea

Measuring Distance on the Chart

Measuring Direction at Sea

Measuring Direction on the Chart

3 Electronic Navigation Equipment 38

Echo Sounders

Satnav

Waypoint Navigation

Basic Navigation Functions

Chart Plotters

4 Position Fixing 55

Compass Bearings

Position Lines by Range

Position Lines by Depth

Mixed Fixes

Running Fixes

The Simplest Fix of All

5 Tides 66

The Causes of Tide

Tide Levels and Datums

Tide Tables

Tidal Height Examples

Finding the Height Required

The Effect of Weather

Rule of Twelfths

Tidal Anomalies

Tidal Currents

Tidal Currents Tables

Tidal Current Example

6 Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals 87

The Range of a Light

Buoys and Beacons

Fog Signals

7 Estimating Position and Shaping a Course 94

Allowing for Wind

Allowing for Current

Chartwork Examples

Shaping a Course

8 Radar 108

How Radar Works

Basic Operation

Interpreting the Picture

Navigating by Radar

Radar for Collision Avoidance

9 Piloting 125

Buoy-hopping

Leading Lines

Clearing Lines

Sectored Lights

Soundings

Head-up Radar

North-up Radar

Eyeballing

Planning for Piloting

Piloting in Practice

10 Passage-making 138

Cruise Planning Factors

Navigation on Passage-Traditional Methods

under Sail/at Low Speed

Navigation on Passage-Traditional Methods at High Speed

Using Electronics

Getting Lost, and "Finding Yourself"

Landfalls

Fog

Do I Need to Navigate?

Appendix 165

Useful Web sites

Index 169

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