Online Book:

Navigation and Marine Electronics

There are endless posts and comments on the internet about the latest cool electronic gadgets to help us navigate. But will acquiring all this expensive stuff make you a navigator who is competent and safe to go voyaging?

No, not unless you also grasp the fundamentals of understanding where you are. In this Online Book, Colin, Phyllis and John share the fruits of a combined century of navigation, much of it before electronic gadgets, and then relate that experience to modern electronic navigation.

Includes a Free Introductory Chapter

Table of Contents:

Knowing Where It’s At

This retired fisherman and lifeboat coxswain from Clarks Harbour, Nova Scotia, is not the hero of my story, but I bet he could pull off the same trick.

We start this book by looking at the most important aspect of good and safe navigation. More important than fancy electronics. More important than paper charts. More important than radar. Situation awareness—knowing where you are at all times. Free Introductory Chapter

You Still Need an Accurate Compass

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What if your plotter dies, or the datum is way out on the chart against the GPS, or you are navigating an intricate passage? These are just a few situations when an accurate compass is vital.

Backup Systems, Do We Need Paper?

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For many navigators the idea of going to sea without any paper charts aboard at all is pure heresy. But is that really true? Are we just hanging on to paper charts because we are stuck in our ways? Is there a viable all electronic backup?

Marine Electronics System Recommendations

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Up to this point in this Online Book we have been writing about good navigation practices. Now let's turn our eyes to the cool electronic toys we all love.

And since I'm an electronics technician by trade and have spent most of my working life in high tech fields this is going to be leading edge stuff and way cool!

Navigation System—Plotter Or Computer?

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John looks at the question of whether to install a dedicated plotter or a computer for electronic navigation, and continues with a description of what he did install and how it has worked out.

The Secret Life Of Your GPS

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Pretty much all of us rely on GPS, but have you every wondered how the thing actually works? Matt has the answers, and they are fascinating.

Navigating in Fog, Part 1, The Tools

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Some of the best cruising grounds in the world are plagued with fog, so it pays to have the necessary gear as well as navigation and collision-avoidance skills—will make you safer at night too.

Colin starts off a three part series with an in-depth analysis of the tools to have when the visibility shuts down.

Navigation in Fog, Part 3—Underway

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Colin has covered gear and preparation for navigating in fog. Now we get to the meat of it: what to do when underway and the visibility shuts down. Includes a vital section on the rules of the road in fog.