Coastal Navigation Using GPS: For Sail and Power

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Sheridan House, Inc., 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 290 pages
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GPS has forever transformed the art of navigation, but most sailors don't know how to use it effectively. This new handbook from Frank Larkin, a Master Mariner with over 30 years of boating experience and the author of the hugely successful Basic Coastal Navigation, serves as an invaluable guide to this essential device. Larkin merges basic GPS techniques with tried and true principles of coastal navigation, making for a truly comprehensive tutorial. Clearly written and easily understood, with an intuitive layout and simple instructions, the book guides readers through the maze of GPS options, focusing on simple GPS navigation procedures and presenting a set of criteria for selecting a GPS set appropriate for each sailor's individual needs. Suitable for both sail and power boats, this fully illustrated book covers all aspects of coastal navigation and is highly recommended for self-study and reference as well as navigation classrooms. Eight appendices are included, covering everything from maintenance and installation of your GPS unit to sorting and implementing GPS data.
 

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Contents

Two Navigational Reference Publications and Almanacs
36
Three The IALAB Aids to Navigation System
60
Four How to Use the Basic Navigational Instruments
77
Five Reading Measuring and Plotting Latitude
85
Six How to Plot a True Course on a Nautical Chart
99
Seven How to Measure Distance on a Nautical Chart
112
Eight Calculating Your Dead Reckoning Position
122
Nine Converting True Courses to Compass Courses
131
Ten The 24Hour Clock or Military Time
142
Eleven Taking and Plotting Bearings
148
Twelve How to Use a GPS Navigation System on a Small
160
Thirteen The Height of the Tide at Any Time
197
Fourteen Compensating Your Course
216
Appendix
246
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Frank J. Larkin is a writer and Master Mariner with over 30 years of boating experience. He works as an instructor of boat safety and navigation techniques, and is constantly looking for new ways to refine the small boat navigation process. He lives in the Boston area, and can often be found on the waters of Massachusetts Bay.

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