Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us: Finding Your Way By Eye and Electronics

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February 20, 2001


Mixed media product, 232 pages


0071372261 / 9780071372268


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Main description

"Thorough treatment of traditional and electronic [sailing] methods by an expert."--WoodenBoat

Want a full course in navigation? A whole toolbox of little-known tips and shortcuts to deal with real-life navigation situations without resorting to a slide rule? You get both in Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us, second edition, a guide to pleasureboat navigation that shows you how to combine electronic aids like radar and GPS with visual observations, simple chartwork, and common-sense piloting. In plain, simple language, it explains how to find where you are and get where you want to go with a minimum of fuss. You'll find many little-known, low-tech methods specifically designed for use aboard small powerboats and sailboats. This edition brings you up to speed on the many changes to navigation systems and equipment that have occurred over the past six years, including dramatic improvement in GPS accuracy, the proliferation of electronic charts and plotting systems, and the growing importance of the Internet as a navigation tool.

Table of contents

List of Sidebars Acknowledgments Introduction 1. How We Navigate Going to an Object in Sight Course, Speed, and Time: The DR Finding the Boat's Position Electronic Aid-to-Navigation Systems Blending Visual, Instrument, and Electronic Information 2. Charts and Publications Charts Latitude and Longitude; Chart Scale and Projection; Chart Symbols; Direction and Distance; Depths; Chart Dates and Corrections; Great Lakes Charts; Charts for Rivers and Reservoirs Publications 3. Navigation Instruments and Equipment The Compass Direction; Variation and Deviation; Bad Compass, Good Course Depthfinders Types of Depthfinders; Depth Corrections; Choosing a Depthfinder Speed and Distance Logs Time Binoculars A Navigator's Kit Radar Radar Measurements: Range and Bearing 4. Aid-to-Navigation Systems Visual Aids to Navigation Color, Shape, Lights, and Numbers; Intracoastal Waterway Aids to Navigation Sound Signals The Global Positioning System and Loran-C Plotters; Additional Similarities and Differences; Accuracy; Coverage; Choosing an Electronic Navigation System; Choosing a Receiver; Differential GPS and WAAS Radiobeacons and Radio Direction Finders Racons Other Radionavigation Systems 5. Finding Where You Are Seaman's Eye Radar and Seaman's Eye Taking Departure Ded (Dead) Reckoning Time, Speed, and Distance Calculations Time; Speed; Distance; Doing the Calculations Mentally; Direction and Time Lines of Position and Fixes Objects for Lines of Position; Fixes from Lines of Position; Radar Lines of Position; Line-of-Position and Fix Errors; Ranges Estimated Positions Distance Off Electronic Navigation Systems Waypoints Measuring and Storing Waypoints with a Receiver; Plotting GPS and Loran-C Positions on a Chart; Position with Respect to Waypoints; Using Waypoints Measured by Another Receiver; Converting Waypoints from Loran-C to GPS; Corrections to Waypoint Positions Avoiding GPS and Loran-C Errors Check before Getting Underway; Electronic Position Jumps; Out of Tolerance Signals 6. Finding Where to Go Seaman's Eye Frozen Ranges; Steering Clear; Water Colors; Waves Going to Distant Destinations Electronic Navigation Systems Coping with Current Plotting; Calculating the Lead Angle; Shortcut Lead Angles; Practical Methods Following the Desired Track Using a Navigation Receiver Bearing to Waypoint; Cross-Track Error; Course Made Good; Estimated Time En Route; Scratch Waypoints; Staying in Good Water Losing Electronic Navigation Radar Blending Electronic and Visual Navigation Island Chains, Marshes, and Reservoirs River Navigation Night Navigation Navigation in Fog Radar for Collision Avoidance Collision Avoidance in Poor Visibility 7. Special Techniques Riding a Line of Position The Deliberate Miss The Electronic Navigation Hook Look Behind You Things That Go Wrong Signs of Trouble; Data Entry Errors; Different Bearings to a Waypoint; Shifting Waypoints; Which One Is Wrong?; Onboard Interference; External Interference; Moving the Receiver Long Distances; Cross-Track Error Jumps to Zero Appendix A. How GPS Works Appendix B. How Loran-C Works Appendix C. Good, Bad, and Ugly Receiver Features Glossary Index

Author comments

Captain Bill Brogdon served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 30 years. He writes regularly for major boating magazines and has twice received the Lawton Award for the most significant contribution to boating safety through the media.

Back cover copy

"Superb and amazingly comprehensive."--Cruising World

"Thorough treatment of traditional and electronic methods by an expert."--WoodenBoat

Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us is the only book that teaches navigation the way small-boat skippers actually navigate: by combining electronic aids like GPS and radar with commonsense visual piloting skills and simple chartwork. This second edition covers important developments in electronic navigation, including dramatic improvements in GPS accuracy, the growing popularity of electronic charts and plotting systems, and the increasing availability of navigation information over the Internet. It's a full course in navigation plus a whole toolbox of little-known tips and shortcuts to deal with real-life situations without a slide rule.

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