How to Read a Nautical Chart: A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts

How to Read a Nautical Chart: A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts

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By (author) Nigel Calder

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  • Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 272mm x 12mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2002
  • ISBN 10: 0071376151
  • ISBN 13: 9780071376150
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 500 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 176,997

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'Calder has done it again. This comprehensive and, as importantly, readable book on navigation should be required on all boats' - Peter Nielsen, editor, "SAIL" magazine. 'This is a wonderful chart companion: an intriguing investigation of chart development combined with practical, hands-on data on how to really put a chart to use' - Tim Queeney, editor, "Ocean Navigator Charts". Whether paper or electronic, they are your most fundamental navigational tool. Using them to your best advantage requires a thorough understanding of the symbols and abbreviations and an awareness of the limits of accuracy in positions and soundings. Did you know, for example, that hydrographic standards used to collect the majority of data on modern charts are considerably less accurate than GPS position fixes? That the majority of soundings still come from lead-line surveys? That a wreck symbol surrounded by a dotted circle means it is considered dangerous?That there are four different kinds of rock symbols, each with a different meaning? And that the definition of 'danger' has changed over time and will depend on the age of your charts? In "How to Read a Nautical Chart", trusted boating authority Nigel Calder answers these and hundreds of other questions clearly and concisely. He covers in detail: fundamental chartmaking concepts in plain language; the limits of accuracy of modern charts (paper and electronic); dozens of full-scale illustrations from actual charts; expanded versions of U.S., British, and international chart symbology descriptions contained in NOAA's Chart No. 1, the British Admiralty's Chart 5011, and the IHO's INT-1; and much more.It presents essential information designed to improve vital chart-reading skills. "How to Read a Nautical Chart" should be on every navigator's bookshelf. 'Nigel's enthusiasm and insight turn a mundane chart into a map of buried treasure. Every navigator should stow a copy in the chart table' - Paul Gelder, deputy editor, "Yachting Monthly".

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Nigel Calder has decades of sailing and cruising experience and is one of the world's foremost marine writers. He is the author of seven books, including Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and has written more than 300 articles for magazines such as SAIL, Ocean Navigator, and Cruising World.

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Here is everything the navigator needs to know about the nautical chart, attractively produced in a large paperback edition...informative and enjoyable. Cruising 20050803

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"Calder has done it again. This comprehensive and, as importantly, readable book on navigation should be required on all boats."--Peter Nielsen, editor, "SAIL" magazine"This is a wonderful chart companion: an intriguing investigation of chart development combined with practical, hands-on data on how to really put a chart to use."--Tim Queeney, editor, "Ocean Navigator"Charts, whether paper or electronic, are your most fundamental navigational tool. Using them to your best advantage requires a thorough understanding of the symbols and abbreviations and an awareness of the limits of accuracy in positions and soundings.Did you know, for example, that hydrographic standards used to collect the majority of data on modern charts are considerably less accurate than GPS position fixes? That the majority of soundings still come from lead-line surveys? That a wreck symbol surrounded by a dotted circle means it is considered dangerous? That there are four different kinds of rock symbols, each with a different meaning? And that the definition of "danger" has changed over time and will depend on the age of your charts?In "How to Read a Nautical Chart," trusted boating authority Nigel Calder answers these and hundreds of other questions clearly and concisely. He covers in detail: Fundamental chartmaking concepts in plain language The limits of accuracy of modern charts (paper and electronic) Dozens of full-scale illustrations from actual charts Expanded versions of U.S., British, and international chart symbology descriptions contained in NOAA's "Chart No. 1," the British Admiralty's "Chart 5011," and the IHO's "INT-1" And much more essential information designed to improve vital chart-reading skills "How to Read a Nautical Chart" should be on every navigator's bookshelf."Nigel's enthusiasm and insight turn a mundane chart into a map of buried treasure. Every navigator should stow a copy in the chart table."--Paul Gelder, deputy editor, "Yachting Monthly"

Table of contents

Acknowledgments and Art Credits Introduction Part 1. The Limits of Accuracy Chapter 1. Fundamental Chart-Making Concepts Chapter 2. Horizontal Chart Accuracy Chapter 3. Vertical Chart Accuracy Part 2. Symbology Chapter 4. Introduction to INT-1 Chapter 5. Topography Chapter 6. Hydrography Chapter 7. Aids and Services Part 3. Appendix Index to INT-1 Glossary and Acronyms Common Chart Abbreviations Bibliography General Index