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PostPosted: Feb 1st, '08, 22:42 
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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/FreeCharts/FreeCharts.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

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"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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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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