50 Ways to Improve Your Navigation by Dag Pike

By Dag Pike

This is a publication approximately functional navigation - full of functional how you can make navigation more secure, more straightforward and higher. it's a e-book for a person - no matter if using an influence boat or crusing a yacht. And the recommendations disguise either digital in addition to visible navigation.

This publication begins the place others end. upon getting the $64000 fundamentals of navigation, you should see how you can translate those into useful navigation ideas to take advantage of whilst making plans sooner than going to sea and as soon as you are out there.

50 how you can increase Your Navigation distils Dag Pike's adventure received from over 50 years of navigating a complete diversity of craft from excessive pace energy boats and lifeboats to ships and crusing boats. Written by way of some of the most skilled navigators on this planet, it's your passport to functional navigation concepts that would get you accurately on your vacation spot no matter if in fantastic climate or foul.

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If this happens, you will need to tack out again at a fairly early stage in order to round the headland safely. The benefits of this tactic will depend a great deal on the topography of the bay and you may not find any great advantage if the bay has only a slight indentation between the headlands. The best conditions for this tactic are more likely to be found in a deep bay with pronounced headlands where there will be good shelter under the lee of the land. Always check the chart carefully to make sure that you have safe waters on the projected inside course.

If anything goes wrong it is still your problem. Handing over the navigation to someone who says they know the area is fine, and you can also learn from what is going on if the volunteer really knows their business. If you are going into a harbour that is new to you, local knowledge can be a great help but you should still make your own plans (study the way in, and look at the marks and channels) so that you also have a good idea of what to expect. If the crew member with the local knowledge does take over you can still learn from what they are doing but, more importantly, you will still be able to take over if things don't work out as expected.

Once again, soundings can narrow down the size of your possible area. Estimating your position is as much about knowing where you can't be as where you could be. If the sounder shows a certain depth then you cannot be in deeper or shallower water (as long as you make allowance for the rise and fall of the tide, if this is significant). Always allow a degree of latitude when using soundings in this way because you are unlikely to get pinpoint accuracy and the chart sounding may not reflect what is actually there.

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