Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot: A Simple Explanation

Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot: A Simple Explanation

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by Gene Grossman
     
 

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This book won the Dan Poynter 2011 First-place GOLD Global eBook Award in the Non-Fiction/Sports category

Some time ago, Gene Grossman signed on as a crew-member with some friends of his who were delivering a large sailboat with no navigation electronics from Marina del Rey California, through the Panama Canal, to a charter company’s tropical island

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This book won the Dan Poynter 2011 First-place GOLD Global eBook Award in the Non-Fiction/Sports category

Some time ago, Gene Grossman signed on as a crew-member with some friends of his who were delivering a large sailboat with no navigation electronics from Marina del Rey California, through the Panama Canal, to a charter company’s tropical island location.

On the evening of departure, Gene asked the young skipper (Ron) which crew-member was going to be acting as navigator. Ron answered “I am,” Gene responded, “Oh, I didn’t know you knew celestial navigation.” Ron said “I don’t, but I will by the time we get down to Baja.”

When Gene asked Ron how he intended to learn celestial navigation in the next week or so, Ron responded, “No problem, Gene, you’re going to teach it to me.”

At that point in time Gene did not know anything about celestial navigation, and when he confessed that lack of knowledge, Ron said, “that’s okay; I’ve got some books about it on board, and I know you went to college, so you can learn it and teach it to me.”

Gene was relieved of ‘watch’ duty and spent the next couple of weeks immersing himself in the subject. By the time they reached Cabo San Lucas, Gene was on the beach giving lectures to other boaters desirous of a celestial navigation refresher course.

Bottom line: There is no shortage of books that purport to teach you the classic art of Celestial Navigation, but almost all fall short in one way: they lose you early on by using terms you’ve never heard of, assuming that you already have that knowledge. The writers of those books just don’t have the ability to ‘dumb things down’ to the level of absolute beginner.

Gene Grossman solves that problem by assuming that you are a complete idiot, and talks down to you in such a simple way that you’re sure to understand everything simple step that he clearly explains.

This is the perfect book for any boater interested in improving his or her navigational skills, and would like to look into proper use of the sextant to navigate around the world without depending on the reliability of several expensive electronic devices.

There are no complicated drawings, no mathematical problems, no big astronomical words you’ve never heard of, and no reason to feel like the idiot you are with respect to celestial navigation.

Reading this book is guaranteed to raise your level from ‘Idiot’ up to being merely ‘Navigationally Challenged,’ and will also suggest how to further elevate your status to that of Competent Navigator

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000786871
Publisher:
Magic Lamp Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
239,227
File size:
594 KB

Meet the Author

GENE GROSSMAN was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the North side neighborhood of Albany Park, where he attended Hibbard Elementary and Von Steuben High School.

He pursued majors in psychology, chemistry and mathematics at Wright Junior College, Roosevelt University and Illinois Institute of Technology - all the while working his way through high school and college by playing piano in clubs on Chicago's then-famous "Rush Street."

After moving to Southern California, he worked his way through law school playing piano in night clubs and appeared as a musician in seven major motion pictures.

While slowly building his law practice, Gene purchased a truckload of movie equipment he rented out to film production companies and then started his own production company which over the years produced more than 50 educational programs on subjects ranting from Boating and Celestial Navigation, to legal subjects (Depositions, Bankruptcy, etc.) Sign Language Instruction and many more.

Always having been interested in boating, getting divorced prompted him to buy and move onto a 45-foot Chris Craft motor yacht in Marina del Rey California,.

Years later, while serving as navigator on a yacht delivery from the U.S. to Tortola, Gene wrote his first book, "Celestial Navigation for Dummies" (before the popular series of 'Dummies' books was created). He used his own production equipment to shoot a video on the subject Celestial Navigation - "Sextant Use and the Sun Noon Shot" and unintentionally started the nautical video industry in this country.

Over the next few years he followed that first title up with more than 50 other educational DVD titles, all displayed on his production company's website at www.MagicLampDVDs.com.

Having moved on from doing scripts for his video productions, Gene turned to writing fiction, and now spends most of his time in the marina on his new boat, where he created the 15-book series of 'Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries,' all now available both in print and as eBooks at Smashwords via www.LegalMystery.com

In addition to the 15 Peter Sharp novels, Gene compiled a group of fiction and non-fiction titles that he has either written or edited for others, plus some classic stories: the publishing company he formed (www.MagicLampPress.com) now has more than 60 books in print.

The Peter Sharp Legal Mystery Series
#1: Single Jeopardy
#2: ...By Reason of Sanity
#3: A Class Action
#4: Conspiracy of Innocence
#5: ...Until Proven Innocent
#6: The Common Law
#7: The Magician's Legacy
#8: The Reluctant Jurist
#9: The Final Case
#10: An Element of Peril
#11: A Good Alibi
#12: Legally Dead
#13: How to Rob a Bank
#14: Murder Under Way
#15: The Sherlock Holmes Caper
The Suzi B. Mystery Series (a spin-off)
#1: ...Sorry, Wrong Number
#2: Movie Magic
#3: Two Perfect Crimes
#4: He's the Guy
#5: The Magic Bullets

All 20 of Gene's mysteries are described in detail in a free eBook: The Mystery Books of Gene Grossman: Summaries with the Author's Comments.

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Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot - A Simple Explanation 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
There's nothing wrong with this book that a good ediror couldn't fix. The folksy writing style certainly makes it approachable by the layman; however, its numerous mathmatical, grammatical and logical errors undermine confidence in the author's credibility. The repeated plugs for the author's DVD quickly gets tiresome.
SonofAhab More than 1 year ago
Waste of time. Can probably get more info from internet for free. Author is more interested in pushing his DVD than anything else.
J Tstee More than 1 year ago
After struggling with more acedemic approaches I got this. Now all the other books are starting to make sense.