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Basic Coastal Navigation

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Nautical Charts 2. Navigational Reference Publications and Almanacs 3. The IALA-B Aids to Navigation Systems 4. How to Use the Basic Navigational Instruments 5. Measuring and Plotting Latitude and Longitude 6. How to Plot a True Course on a Nautical Chart 7. How to Measure Distance on a Nautical Chart 8. Military Time 9. Calculating Your Dead Reckoning Position 10. Converting True Courses to Compass Courses 11. Taking and Plotting Bearings 12. Dead Reckoning 13. Piloting Exercise: A Typical Day Cruise 14. Electronic Navigation Systems 15. The Height of the Tide at Any Time 16. Compensating Your Course for Current and Other Elements Appendices Glossary Index

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Frank J. Larkin is a Master Mariner with some 30 years of boating experience. He is an instructor in boating safety and coastal navigation and was until recently District Staff Officer-Aids to Navigation with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.


useful as a study tool for those preparing for Coast Guard and similar navigation courses. Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal Every navigator would benefit from having this comprehensive reference book available as a refresher or for new skills. Ocean Navigator An excellent self-teaching textbook...His approach is straightforward and his sense of humor refreshing. The Ensign Yes, we have our Chapman and our Bowditch (somewhere), and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, but it seems to us that the author Frank J. Larkin, in this new edition, makes the subject of piloting and dead reckoning much less daunting and easy to comprehend. Larkin starts at the beginning and takes the reader through the basics of such things as using dividers and a chart, with the kind of useful information sometimes passed over in more sophisticated treatments of the subject. We like that, and we think this 278-page reference is more likely to be read cover-to-cover. Powerboat Reports

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