By Dag Pike
This is a booklet approximately functional navigation—packed with useful how you can make navigation more secure, more uncomplicated and higher. it's a e-book for anyone—whether riding an influence boat or crusing a yacht. And the innovations disguise either digital in addition to visible navigation.
This booklet begins the place others end. upon getting the real fundamentals of navigation, you have to see how you can translate those into functional navigation innovations to take advantage of while making plans prior to going to sea and as soon as you are out there.
50 how one can increase Your Navigation distils Dag Pike's event won from over 50 years of navigating a complete diversity of craft from excessive velocity strength boats and lifeboats to ships and crusing boats. Written by way of probably the most skilled navigators on this planet, it's your passport to useful navigation options that would get you appropriately on your vacation spot even if in advantageous climate or foul.
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This cautious approach also allowed a margin for unforeseen tidal and wind influences, or gear or engine failures. Whilst using GPS, your boat is still affected by unforeseen influences, and you need to remember that the electronic chart is only plotting your position – it is not correcting the course and maintaining the course-line unless you set this facility up. You will only become aware of approaching danger if you watch the plotter at all times, so you can detect any drift inshore towards the rocks or other dangers.
One form of second stage navigation is knowing which way to turn to find what you are looking for. Another possibility is to find the land at the earliest possible moment, even if the point where you make the landfall is not where you were heading for, and then complete the route along the coastline. Not only will this reduce the possible errors in the dead reckoning (the shorter the distance travelled the smaller the errors will be) but it can also allow you to get familiar with the land and identify features before trying to find that elusive harbour entrance.
Breaking waves provide valuable clues about your position but you need to be very aware that they often represent dangers. They act more as a navigation warning than as an absolute position check so you should look at these possibilities in your route planning, to be sure they don’t take you by surprise. 11 ESTIMATING YOUR POSITION If you don’t have the precision of GPS, you will rarely be able to know exactly where your boat is. You can pick up visual pointers; the depth can help and bearings will add to the mix of clues.
50 Ways to Improve Your Navigation by Dag Pike