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The Weekend Navigator: Simple Boat Navigation with GPS and Electronics with CDROM
Synopses & Reviews
Can piloting a boat really be this easy?
Traditional navigation with its chart plotting, compass errors, and current vectors requires years to master. Serious boaters learn it eventually, but with $100 GPS receivers offering 50 foot position accuracy anywhere in the world, it's no longer necessary to master the art before enjoying the sport. The Weekend Navigator is the first book to recognize that affordable, simple to use electronics demand a radically new approach to teaching navigation. Bob Sweet lets you find your way on the water immediately, learning by rather than before doing.
This innovative guide's quick reference format shows you how to
The Fast, Easy Way to Master Boat Navigation
Thanks to modern electronic navigation tools, getting from one place to another on the water has never been easier or safer. And thanks to The Weekend Navigator, learning to use these tools quickly and correctly is now easier than ever! This completely practical, step-by-step guide gets you out on the water quickly and lets you perfect your navigation skills as you enjoy precious hours afloat.
Ideal for inland and coastal cruisers, sportfishers, and aspiring recreational boaters, this innovative handbook features an easy-to-use, quick-reference format that helps you operate your GPS, depth sounder, and radar and interpret what they tell you. With the help of over 300 full-color illustrations, youll learn how to use your electronics to navigate safely in all conditions, and you'll discover waypoint navigation techniques that let you choose a destination, plot a course, and monitor your progress as you go. Youll also learn how to:
The Weekend Navigator provides a strong foundation in the time-honored skills of piloting, and with this book you can practice those skills on the water, using GPS to keep you pointed in the right direction.
Praise for Bob Sweet's GPS for Mariners:
"[Sweet] has the solid and fundamental mastery of the subject that lets him guide the reader step by step through the entire system. . . . Nothing is left out, and nothing is wrong."Good Old Boat
"Useful for those looking to buy a GPS, as well as current owners who want to use theirs more efficiently. . . . The information is tailored specifically for boaters and boating uses."Soundings
Adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for its GPS seminars
Bob Sweet has more than thirty years experience in boating and the electronics industry. He is a former systems engineer and senior executive who helped develop GPS for the U.S. Air Force. Now a business advisor to high-tech companies and a navigation instructor, Bob holds a Senior Navigator rating with The U.S. Power Squadrons. He is the author of GPS for Mariners.
Enclosed CD for Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
This innovative guide is the first book to recognize that affordable, simple electronics can aid in navigation.
About the Author
Bob Sweet has more than 30 years experience in boating and the electronics industry. The former manager of a business unit that helped develop GPS for the Air Force, he holds a Senior Navigator rating with the U.S. Power Squadron and teaches Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary navigation courses.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1--About this Book
Navigating this Book
Chapter 2--What Is Navigation?
The Three Steps of Navigation
Piloting without Electronics
Chapter 3--Fundamentals of Waypoint Navigation
Sample Cruise Revisited
More on GPS
Other Uses for Waypoints
Chapter 4--The Tools of Navigation
Other Navigation Tools
Part II--Prevoyage Planning
Chapter 5--Planning with GPS and Paper Charts
Planning and Paper Charts
Plotting on a Chart
Entering Waypoints into Your GPS
Chapter 6--Planning with Digital Charts
Chart-Planning Software Features
Working with Digital Charts
Planning for Sailing
Chapter 7--Planning to Avoid Danger
Define the Area
Mark the Obstacles
Part III--Navigating Underway
Chapter 8--Underway with GPS and Paper Charts
Steps in Waypoint Navigation
Staying On Course
Navigating a Route with GPS
Navigating in a Region
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