The Weekend Navigator

Author(s): Robert J. Sweet

Nautical - Seamanship

Read what the the U.S. Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard trust as the definitive authority on electronic navigation, now updated with the latest electronic technologies and methods The Weekend Navigator teaches you how to navigate using today's tools and methods, including the latest technologies such as smart phones. While electronic navigation is here to stay, author Bob Sweet recognizes that they are still based on traditional charts and piloting skills, and he combines the two to pass along to you a solid understanding of all the principles of marine navigation. In addition to its continued ground-breaking instruction for the now-digital process of navigation on board power- and sailboats, Sweet helps you understand recent options for chartplotters, less expensive handheld GPS units, smart phones, and the navigation possibilities presented by phone apps. New to this edition is a section entitled "Ooops," which provides an insightful collection of boating accident tales resulting from common GPS and chartplotters no-nos.
Using The Weekend Navigator, you can get on the water right away and learn to navigate in an afternoon with GPS; master chart-and-compass piloting while, not before, he or she departs; plot courses and fix positions on paper or electronic charts; and more.


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Robert Sweet has more than 30 years of experience both in boating and in electronics development. He has held engineering and senior executive management positions with a number of companies including GTE, Harris, ABA Industries, Inframetrics and Elbit Systems--the last three at the President and CEO level. He has both BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State. He started his career as a radar and communications system engineer and, throughout his career, gained extensive experience with GPS, including managing a corporate business unit that developed major portions of GPS for the Air Force. More recently, Bob has been instrumental in boating education for the U.S. Power Squadrons in southeastern New England--he is currently the National Education Officer and member of the board of the U. S. Power Squadrons.

Part I: Introduction; Chapter 1. About this Book; Chapter 2. What Is Navigation; Chapter 3. Fundamentals of Waypoint Navigation; Chapter 4. The Tools of Navigation; Part II: PreVoyage Planning; Chapter 5. Planning with GPS and Paper Charts; Chapter 6. Planning with Digital Charts; Chapter 7. Planning to Avoid Danger; Part III: Navigating Underway; Chapter 8. Underway with GPS and Paper Charts; Chapter 9. Underway with Digital Charts; Part IV: Double-Checking Your Navigation; Chapter 10. Double-Checking Using Instruments; Chapter 11. Eye of the Mariner; Part V: Responding to Changing Conditions; Chapter 12. What to Do If the GPS Quits; Chapter 13. Planning as You Go with GPS; Chapter 14. Tides, Winds, and Currents; Part VI: Other Electronics; Chapter 15. Navigating with Radar; Chapter 16. Using Depth in Navigation; Chapter 17. Using Radio in Navigation; Chapter 18. Using an Electronic Compass; Chapter 19. Using an Autopilot in Navigation; Part VII: Special Techniques; Chapter 20. Navigating While Tacking in the Wind; Chapter 21. Navigating Harbors and Channels with Electronics; Chapter 22. Navigating under Adverse Conditions; Chapter 23. A Last Word on Avoiding Danger; Chapter 24. Advanced Topics in Radar; Chapter 25. Other Instrumentation; Chapter 26. Connecting It All Together; Chapter 27. Electronic Navigation Tools and Rules; Chapter 28. Measuring Compass Deviation Using GPS; Appendix 1. Using Digital Charts; Appendix 2. GPS Display Overview: A Side-by-Side Comparison; Appendix 3. Resources and References; Index

General Fields

  • : 9780071759960
  • : McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • : Ragged Mountain Press
  • : October 2011
  • : 274mm X 215mm X 10mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert J. Sweet
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 623.89
  • : 288
  • : ill