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The Radar Book: Effective Navigation and Collision Avoidance Perfect Paperback – April 23, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-1932310054 ISBN-10: 1932310053 Edition: 1st Edition

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"In straightforward, easy-to-follow steps, supplemented with copious examples, this book takes the reader from the basics of radar to advanced techniques. The new radar user will welcome this book, the experienced user will appreciate it. Both will learn from it." --Robert Hale, Editor of the Waggoner Cruising Guide

"Clear explanations and well-illustrated examples make this book a must read for anyone who wants to use their marine radar system effectively and safely. This book goes beyond the instruction book shipped with most systems to teach you how to use a radar system under real-life conditions on the water." --Don Douglass, Author

About the Author

Captain Kevin Monahan is a Canadian Coast Guard officer with over 20 years experience navigating the British Columbia coast as a small vessel captain. Born in London England in 1951, Monahan-now a resident of Victoria, B.C.-emigrated to Vancouver and attended the University of British Columbia. His articles have appeared in various magazines including Pacific Yachting, Northwest Yachting, and the Fisherman's News as well as in West Coast Fisherman which published a series of his articles on electronic navigation.

Captain Monahan was a fisherman for 12 years, after which he worked on ferries and coastal transports, before joining Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a patrol vessel captain. Captain Monahan is now an officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, having served the last five years in the Office of Boating Safety, first as Chief Investigator and then as Pacific Region Superintendent. He has testified in court as an expert witness in the navigational uses of GPS and is the principal author of GPS Instant Navigation, 2nd Edition and Proven Cruising Routes, Volume 1-Seattle to Ketchikan, The Radar Book and Local Knowledge-A Skipper's Reference.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 1st Edition edition (April 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932310053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932310054
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,259,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2004
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This book is excellent and well worth your time and money because:
1. It's author is very very experienced and has countless hours of experience interpretting radar screens and comparing them to charts and the real world outside the pilot house.
2. As demonstrated by the names of the 1st two chapters, "Tuning Your Eye", and "Early Successes From Simple Techniques" this book is focused on teaching the radar "observer" first and describing the technology second and does an excellent job at both.
3. Chapter one contains an invaluable sample voyage that puts the reader on the bridge with 11 photos of actual radar screens and their corresponding 11 portions of charts AND provides an expert's interpretation/comparison to teach the reader how to understand what the radar screen shows and why. I found this virtual voyage to be very interesting and enlightening and very very important to my learning and my confidence as a radar user.
4. The book provides nuggets of radar wisdom that only come from someone with countless hours spent interpretting radar screens and comparing them to the charts and the real world.
5. The diagrams are very carefully thought out and crafted. And, there is almost no pair of facing pages that don't have at least one photo of a radar screen or diagram illustrating a concept or BOTH!
6. The text is very clear and when I quizzed myself on the 1st two chapters the following day, the number of concepts and facts I was able to state with confidence and thorough understanding was truly surprising!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Trigoboff on June 26, 2008
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I have a radar on my boat. I've used it extensively and thought I knew what I was doing. But this book pointed out a number of important considerations that I was totally unaware of. Anyone with a radar on their boat would benefit from this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Burtch on December 21, 2008
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Clearly written and extremely informative. Very detailed book about how RADAR works, it's history, and how to navigate using only RADAR and paper charts, as well as with a GPS.
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By Bruce Galton on June 18, 2013
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This book is a succinct, well-written guide to pleasure boat radars. Technology has advanced a little since this book was released. The information, however, is still pertinent and accurate. The graphics and examples are easy to understand.
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