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The Weekend Navigator: Simple Boat Navigation with GPS and Electronics with CDROM

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Publisher Comments:

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

  • Pinpoint locations at all times
  • Determine the precise ranges and bearings of destinations
  • Compensate for wind and current effects Avoid underwater hazards

Synopsis:

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:

  • Plot GPS positions on paper and digital charts
  • Determine the precise range and bearing of your destination
  • Evaluate and compensate for wind and current effects
  • Avoid reefs and other underwater hazards
  • Integrate GPS information with compass courses, visual bearings, dead reckoning, and the other techniques of traditional piloting
  • Make a seamless transition to chart-and-compass navigation if your electronics fail

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

Synopsis:

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

Acknowledgments

Part I--Introduction

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

Nautical Charts

Plotting Tools

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

Digital Charts

Cruise-Planning Software

Chart-Planning Software Features

Working with Digital Charts

Chartplotters

PDAs

Planning for Sailing

Chapter 7--Planning to Avoid Danger

Define the Area

Mark the Obstacles

Mark Landmarks

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

Marking Objects

(and more...)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071430357
Publisher:
International Marine Publishing
Subject:
Boating
Author:
Sweet, Robert J.
Subject:
Sailing - Navigation
Subject:
Boats and boating
Subject:
Electronics in navigation
Subject:
Boating - General
Subject:
Global positioning system
Subject:
Boats and boating -- Electronic equipment.
Subject:
Nautical-Sailing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Softcover with CDROM
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
10.70x8.64x.54 in. 1.69 lbs.

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Product details 262 pages International Marine Publishing - English 9780071430357 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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:

  • Plot GPS positions on paper and digital charts
  • Determine the precise range and bearing of your destination
  • Evaluate and compensate for wind and current effects
  • Avoid reefs and other underwater hazards
  • Integrate GPS information with compass courses, visual bearings, dead reckoning, and the other techniques of traditional piloting
  • Make a seamless transition to chart-and-compass navigation if your electronics fail

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

"Synopsis" by , This innovative guide is the first book to recognize that affordable, simple electronics can aid in navigation.
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