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Comprehensive and thoroughly-accessible.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Basic Coastal Navigation: An Introduction to Piloting for Sail and Power (Hardcover)
"Basic Coastal Navigation" is a comprehensive and thoroughly-accessible guide to piloting small sail and power boats.
Written in a self-instruction format with exercises, questions, and answers included in each chapter, the book offers step-by-step coverage of what sometimes can be a daunting subject.
Frank J. Larkin takes care to write in a simple (but never dry) prose style, using easy-to-understand terms. Also, the book's layout is superb: There's lots of white space, large graphics, and varying font sizes and shadings.
Larkin also includes helpful memory aids, such as "Lat is Flat" for Latitude and--for a Black-Topped/White Buoy, which indicates an obstruction--"Think of the black top as a storm such as a Nor'easter."
The author covers everything from nautical charts and plotting true courses to dead reckoning and electronic navigation systems (including GPS).
All sea-persons with small boats--whether power or sail--should purchase this book.
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