Falcon Guide Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation: Master the Traditional Skills and the Latest Technologies (How to Paddle Series)

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Learn how to find and keep track of your position, adjust to changing conditions, and paddle the seas safely and confidently. Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation is the authoritative source for information on how to chart an accurate course—whether touring locally, on open water, or between islands. This updated guide includes everything you need to know, from traditional map and compass navigation through state-of-the-art electronic navigation. It’s the standard text used by most ...

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Overview

Learn how to find and keep track of your position, adjust to changing conditions, and paddle the seas safely and confidently. Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation is the authoritative source for information on how to chart an accurate course—whether touring locally, on open water, or between islands. This updated guide includes everything you need to know, from traditional map and compass navigation through state-of-the-art electronic navigation. It’s the standard text used by most navigation schools.

 
Also inside:

• The essentials of chart reading and compass use
• The latest on GPS units
• Use of PDAs, smartphones, and other electronic chart systems
• Finding and keeping track of position
• How to predict tides and currents
• Trip planning and navigating at night, in fog, and in traffic
• Internet sources for tracking marine forecasts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762738342
  • Publisher: Falcon Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: How to Paddle Series
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 739,741
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burch is director of the Starpath School of Navigation in Seattle, Washington, and he has taught marine navigation to more than 25,000 students since the school's establishment in 1977. He received the Institute of Navigation's 1985 Superior Achievement Award for outstanding performance as a practicing navigator.

Burch has written for several boating magazines, including Sea Kayaker, on the subject of marine navigation and weather. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and a former member of the graduate faculty at the University of Washington; he holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas. With more than 65,000 miles of blue-water sailing and navigation experience behind him, Burch devotes his time to teaching and writing about navigation. He's also a kayaker.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Fourth Edition     vii
Preface to the Third Edition     ix
Acknowledgments     xii
The Role of Navigation     1
Types of Navigation     3
Navigation as a Hobby     5
Nautical Charts and Chart Reading     7
What Is a Nautical Chart?     7
Choosing Charts     8
Electronic Charting Systems (ECS)     11
Latest Editions and Corrections     15
Symbols and Soundings     17
Terrain and Perspective     22
Latitude, Longitude, and Nautical Miles     23
Reading Distances     27
Reading Directions     29
Aids to Navigation     32
Other Navigation Aids     39
Topographic Maps     39
Coast Pilot and Sailing Directions     42
The Light List     45
Tour Guides and Other References     47
Compass Use     49
How a Compass Works     52
Types of Compasses     55
Paddling a Compass Course     58
Checking a Compass     59
Dead Reckoning     63
Finding Boat Speed     65
The Effect of Wind on BoatSpeed     67
Figuring Passage Times     72
Piloting     75
Natural Ranges     76
Compass Bearing Fixes     81
Danger Bearings     87
Finding Position from Water Depth     88
Visible Range of Land and Other Things     90
Finding Distance Off     92
Electronic Navigation     102
Use of GPS Underway     104
Other Electronic Aids     111
Tides and Currents     116
Predicting Tide Heights     123
Predicting Tidal Currents     127
Coastal Currents     134
Current Hazards     140
Crossing Currents     145
Measuring Current Strength     146
Ferrying     151
Using Natural Ranges     157
Time and Place to Cross     161
Special Topics     165
Choosing a Landing Site     165
Marine Radios     169
Navigation in Traffic     175
Navigation at Night     189
Navigation in Fog     200
High-Seas Navigation     207
Navigation Planning     209
Preparation      209
Examples     215
Sources     235
Internet Resources     239
Further Reading     243
Index     247
About the Author     255
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