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Practical Navigation for the Modern Boat Owner

The complete navigation reference for beginners and experts including electronic simulators for GPS, chartplotting, radar and AIS. The modern sailor needs a back up plan if the electrics on board fail, and Pat Manley delivers the tools to make this possible. Boat owners need a book that covers all the electronic (modern) navigation, which develops the theme and introduces the traditional navigation as and when it is needed. Practical Navigation for the Modern Boat Owner leads you through all the aspects of navigation of your boat in a logical order. It has the unique combination of modern and traditional disciplines to boat navigation. Although the pencil and paper chart method will not be introduced until it is demonstrated this knowledge is vital. This practical approach to the subject will ensure that although modern electronic methods remain at the forefront, readers will never lack in knowledge to navigate their boat safely in any circumstance. Therefore the modern sailor will be equipped with all the necessary skills. Topics will include: GPS - satellites, receivers and position Shape of the Earth - distance and direction Finding your Position - where am I now?Passage Planning - choice of routes hazards and harbors of refuge Radar Personal Computers - AIS on a PC and computers for navigation A website featuring simulators accompanies Practical Navigation for the Modern Boat Owner adding a further dimension to an all-inclusive book: sailors can test their skills whilst they are learning. The website - hosted by Fernhurst - will feature an array of simulators including GPS, radar, AIS and Chartplotter. Practical Navigation for the Modern Boat Owner is like having your very own skipper on your bookshelf.
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Table of Contents

Cover Points. Foreword. Introduction. 1. The Global Positioning System. 2. Our Address on the Earth's Surface. 3. The Magnetic Compass. 4. Constructing a Route. 5. Tides. 6. Boat Speed. 7. Depth Sounders. 8. Finding Position. 9. Passage Planning. 10. Pilotage. 11. Automatic Identification System. 12. Radar. 13. Autopilots. 14. Personal Computers. Appendix A. Deduced Reckoning and Estimated Position. Appendix B. Course to Steer. Appendix C. Tidal Heights and Tidal Streams. Appendix D. Tidal Planning and Plotting. Credits.

About the Author

Pat Manley is a technical contributor to Practical Boat Owner magazine. He is an Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and an RYA 'Yachtmaster' Instructor. Pat is also the author of Electrics Companion , Radar Companion , Simple Boat Maintenance and The Diesel Companion, Diesels Afloat and Essential Boat Electrics.


"A useful companion for the modern sailor who wants to navigate their way through the seas." (Boat Mart, August 2008) "The definitive guide to cruising in the West Country, this latest edition includes all the most recent updates" (Sailing Today, July 2008) "...Pat Manley, has 10 million miles of navigation under his belt, making him eminently qualified to produce this new guide". "Electronic and traditional navigation explained - with free online simulators." (Boat Mart, December 2008)

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