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Navigation & reading Charts

Post by boffo » Feb 1st, '08, 22:42

For Navigation Charts, you can't beat what the Americans have for free through NOAA.
(here if you're planning a trip! - http://www.marineplanner.com/ASPX/FreeC ... harts.aspx)

However reading chart symbols is an international language, and you can download specific chapters, or the whole file (80mb!)
which is the offical american 'Chart No 1.'
http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/chart1/chart1hr.htm

from the site
"Chart No. 1 Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms is a reference publication depicting basic chart elements and contains a description of the symbols, abbreviations and terms that appear on nautical charts produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Hydrographic Organization. It is a valuable aid for new chart users and a useful tool for all mariners"

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how to navigate

Post by boffo » Feb 1st, '08, 22:50

Once you have a chart and know how to read the symbols, then what?

Have no fear, you can always follow the guidelines of the tried and true "American Practical Navigator"

http://www.irbs.com/bowditch/

all those owners of 'american' TS (the ones who-shall-not-be-named!) now can read how to navigate their craft like americans :lol:

Now bear in mind this was first written 200 years ago (and updated since then), but I don't think it has quite been updated to be as practical as "start your 50hp motor & power to shore out of trouble", despite having the word 'practical' in the title :)

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