Inland and Coastal Navigation: For Power-driven and Sailing Vessels, 2nd Edition by David Burch

Inland and Coastal Navigation: For Power-driven and Sailing Vessels, 2nd Edition

Book Title: Inland and Coastal Navigation: For Power-driven and Sailing Vessels, 2nd Edition

Publisher: Starpath Publications

ISBN: 0914025406

Author: David Burch


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A thorough, easy-to-read treatment of both traditional and modern small-craft navigation

This book is an updated and expanded edition of a text that has been used in navigation courses for 30 years. It covers practical small-craft navigation (sail, power, or paddle), starting from the basics and ending with all that is needed to navigate safely and efficiently on inland and coastal waters in all weather conditions. It is for beginners, starting from scratch, or for more seasoned mariners who wish to expand their skills.

Topics include:

  • Charts, Chart Reading, and Chart Plotting
  • Instruments and Logbook Procedures
  • Compass Use
  • Piloting and Dead Reckoning
  • Lights and Buoyage
  • Tides and Currents
  • Rules of the Road
  • GPS and other Electronic Aids

The GPS tells us where we are and how fast we are moving in what direction, but it can never tell us the safest, most efficient route to our destination. That fundamental task requires the basic navigation skills taught in this book, which we can use as well to check the GPS underway, and then be prepared to navigate without the GPS if we need to. The hallmark of good seamanship is to look ahead and be prepared..

The text covers not only the long tested traditional methods of navigation but also the efficient use of the latest technology in electronic navigation and charting, including the recent NOAA announcement that they are switching to all print-on-demand chart distribution.

A Navigation Workbook of related practice exercises is available in print or Kindle.