Synopses & Reviews
The workbook we use in our Home Study Course on Inland and Coastal Navigation is now available to the public.
This book provides over 100 exercises with answers covering all aspects of small-craft navigation. These are practical problems that all navigators should know how to solve. Topics include:
• Chart reading and plotting
• Voyage planning
• Dead reckoning
• Compass use
• Waypoint selection
• Special publications
• Rules of the road
• Route design
• Lights and buoys
• Tides and currents
• Electronic fixes
• Depth sounding navigation
The level of the exercises is about that used in the USCG 100-Ton masters exam, which in turn is about the same used in the navigation certification programs of US Sailing, ASA, CYA and RYA. These practice problems are, however, designed to be practical and instructive, not just training exercises for certification exams. This Workbook is used by several navigation schools around the country.
Selections are provided from each of these special publications along with exercises to insure their full use is mastered:
• Tide Tables
• Current Tables
• US Coast Pilot
• USCG Light List
• USCG Notices to Mariners
The exercises that require a chart use nautical training chart No. 18465tr, available at reduced price from NOAA chart dealers, or by telephone from NOAA at (800) 638-8972, or by online order at www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov or www.starpath.com/18465.
You can also work the chart problems with an electronic chart (Raster Navigation Chart, RNC) number 18465, available at no charge as a download from www.starpath.com/18465. The echart can be viewed by any of several free echart viewer programs listed in this book. You can also use any full echart navigation program of your choice. We encourage navigators to solve the chart problems with both traditional paper plotting as well as electronically, using electronic bearing lines and range rings.
This book provides over 100 exercises with answers covering all aspects of small-craft navigation. These are practical problems that all navigators should know how to solve.
About the Author
David Burch is the author of the courses and director of the school. He has more than 70,000 miles of ocean experience ranging from the Arctic ice edge to Tahiti and Australia in the Pacific and from New York to Panama in the Atlantic. He has sailed across the Pacific to Hawaii ten times, three times winning the Victoria to Maui yacht race, and in 1984 setting the elapsed time record for that passage for vessels under 38 feet long (the record lasted sixteen years, but was beat in the 2000 race). The latest trip was the 2004 Pacific Cup. In powerboats, he delivered a 65-foot fishing vessel from New York to Seattle, via Panama and has made numerous coastal deliveries between WA and CA, AK, and Mexico. He navigated the only American entry (72-foot Cassiopeia) in the storm-ridden '93 Sydney to Hobart yacht race and has since navigated that vessel on the '96 Vic Maui and Swiftsure Lightship Classic when she won first overall in the latter. He holds a USCG masters license, 100 GT.
He is the author of nine books on marine navigation and his magazine articles have appeared in Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Sailing, and Sea Kayaker. His column "Burch at the Helm" has appeared monthly in BlueWater Sailing magainze since 2009. His recent books are Radar for Mariners from McGraw-Hill, 2005; second edtion of Emergency Navigation, 2008, and Modern Marine Weather
2008, fourth edition of Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, 2009 The Barometer Handbook, and in 2010 How to Use Plastic Sextants.
His work has been recognized with the Institute of Navigation's Superior Achievement Award for outstanding performance as a practicing navigator, and by a USCG citationfor his successful weather and vessel performance analysis used in a search and rescue operation. In 2011 he was awarded Fellow grade in the Institute of Navigation.
On the academic side, he is a past Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. in physics.