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Fundamentals of kayak navigation
Burch, David, 1942-
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 339 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Format :


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GV789 .B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation is the authoritative source for information needed to chart an accurate course in a sea kayak, whether on open water or between islands or icebergs. Covers chart reading; compass use; finding and keeping track of position; predicting tides and currents; trip planning; navigating at night, in fog, and in boat and ship traffic; and much more.

Author Notes

David Burch is director of the Starpath School of Navigation in Seattle, Washington

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Editionp. vii
Preface to the Third Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Chapter 1 The Role of Navigationp. 1
Types of Navigationp. 3
Navigation as a Hobbyp. 5
Chapter 2 Nautical Charts and Chart Readingp. 7
What Is a Nautical Chart?p. 7
Choosing Chartsp. 8
Electronic Charting Systems (ECS)p. 11
Latest Editions and Correctionsp. 15
Symbols and Soundingsp. 17
Terrain and Perspectivep. 22
Latitude, Longitude, and Nautical Milesp. 23
Reading Distancesp. 27
Reading Directionsp. 29
Aids to Navigationp. 32
Chapter 3 Other Navigation Aidsp. 39
Topographic Mapsp. 39
Coast Pilot and Sailing Directionsp. 42
The Light Listp. 45
Tour Guides and Other Referencesp. 47
Chapter 4 Compass Usep. 49
How a Compass Worksp. 52
Types of Compassesp. 55
Paddling a Compass Coursep. 58
Checking a Compassp. 59
Chapter 5 Dead Reckoningp. 63
Finding Boat Speedp. 65
The Effect of Wind on Boat Speedp. 67
Figuring Passage Timesp. 72
Chapter 6 Pilotingp. 75
Natural Rangesp. 76
Compass Bearing Fixesp. 81
Danger Bearingsp. 87
Finding Position from Water Depthp. 88
Visible Range of Land and Other Thingsp. 90
Finding Distance Offp. 92
Chapter 7 Electronic Navigationp. 102
Use of GPS Underwayp. 104
Other Electronic Aidsp. 111
Chapter 8 Tides and Currentsp. 116
Predicting Tide Heightsp. 123
Predicting Tidal Currentsp. 127
Coastal Currentsp. 134
Current Hazardsp. 140
Chapter 9 Crossing Currentsp. 145
Measuring Current Strengthp. 146
Ferryingp. 151
Using Natural Rangesp. 157
Time and Place to Crossp. 161
Chapter 10 Special Topicsp. 165
Choosing a Landing Sitep. 165
Marine Radiosp. 169
Navigation in Trafficp. 175
Navigation at Nightp. 189
Navigation in Fogp. 200
High-Seas Navigationp. 207
Chapter 11 Navigation Planningp. 209
Preparationp. 209
Examplesp. 215
Appendix A Sourcesp. 235
Appendix B Internet Resourcesp. 239
Appendix C Further Readingp. 243
Indexp. 247
About the Authorp. 255