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Understanding a nautical chart

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Understanding a nautical chart. A Practical Guide to Safe Navigation. Whether they are paper or electronic, charts are the most fundamental navigational tool. Making the best use of them requires a great understanding of symbols and abbreviations, as well as an awareness of the limits of accuracy in positions and soundings. "Understanding a Nautical Chart" not only helps you to read a chart, it allows you to understand that information and use it to navigate safely. Learning the abbreviations and symbols are critical to anybody using a chart and before you can use one, you must know them or at have easy access to the definitions, all of which are included in a full copy of the key to UKHO chart. 198 Seiten, zahlreiche farbige Abbildungen, 2018

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Understanding a nautical chart is a practical guide to giving a nautical chart a meaning

Whether it is available in paper or electronic form, charts are the most basic navigational tool. To make the best use of them requires a great understanding of symbols and abbreviations and an awareness of the limits of accuracy of positions and soundings.

Understanding a nautical chart not only helps you to read a chart, but also enables you to understand this information and use it for safe navigation. Learning the abbreviations and symbols is essential for anyone using a chart, and before you can use a chart you must know them or have easy access to the definitions, all of which are contained in a full copy of the key to the UKHO charts (Chart 5011).

Contains a complete copy of the key to the UKHO card symbols (Map 5011) The card information contained is presented in the following sections:

  • General card number,
  • Title, margin notes,
  • Positions, distances, directions,
  • Compass
  • Topography
  • Natural features, cultural features, landmarks,
  • Ports,
  • Topographical terms
  • Hydrographic tides,
  • Currents, depths, composition of the seabed,
  • Rocks, wrecks,
  • Obstacles, offshore installations, tracks, route areas, borders,
  • Hydrographic terms *
  • Aids and services Lights, buoys, beacons, fog signals,
  • Radar, radio, electronic tracking systems,
  • Services, small vehicle installations *
  • Alphabetical list of abbreviations,
  • International List of Abbreviations, List of Descriptors, IALA Maritime Buoy System *
  • Card index 5011

About the author: Paul Boissier has spent much of his professional life at sea and was a senior admiral in the Royal Navy.

He is also a very experienced sailor and has cruised extensively. These perspectives make him the ideal author of this guide. Paul is now the Managing Director of RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), the charity that saves lives at sea and operates over 340 lifeboats in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Number of pages: 198, softcover
ISBN: 978-1-912177-07-3
Edition: 2nd Edition 2018
Language: English

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Author Boissier
Language English
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