Mastering Navigation at Sea

De-Mystifying Navigation for the Cruising Skipper

Paul Boissier

This book is thoughtfully written to help yachtsmen enjoy the sea, and to do so safely. It's not another navigation textbook - it's well-informed, easy to read and honest. With a lifetime's experience at sea, the author brings the subject to life to help sailors refresh their knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the timeless skills of navigation.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Series :
Skipper's Library
Illustration :
34 Halftones, color; 90 Maps; 25 Illustrations, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912621095
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$24.95

Overview
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A lot of people are drawn to the sea, and for good reason – it’s the world’s last wild and largely unspoiled wilderness. But to properly enjoy the sea, and to do so safely, you must have the skills, knowledge and confidence to plan thoroughly and stay one step ahead of the game.

This book is thoughtfully written to help yachtsmen do just that. It’s not another RYA Course Handbook; it’s written by a mariner for other mariners. It’s well-informed, easy to read and honest about the author’s triumphs and disasters over a lifetime’s navigating.

He has a unique perspective having navigated in many parts of the world from high up on the bridge of a warship, close to the water in a cruising yacht and at depth in a submarine. After his navy career he was Chief Executive of the RNLI, often dealing with the consequences of poor navigation.

The author brings the subject to life in a book that is designed to help yachtsmen refresh their knowledge of, and their enthusiasm for, the timeless skills of navigation.

About The Author
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Paul Boissier was formerly a senior Admiral in the Royal Navy and has spent much of his professional life at sea in a wide variety of vessels, commanding two submarines and a warship. He is also a very experienced yachtsman and has cruised extensively. These perspectives, from the cockpit of a yacht and the bridge of a large ship, make him the ideal author for a COLREGs guide that will be equally useful to leisure boat users and professional mariners. Paul is currently the Chief Executive of the RNLI, the charity that saves life at sea, and operates over 340 lifeboats around the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Paul Boissier, Foreword, Introduction

PART ONE: THE THEORY: 1. The World, & How It’s Portrayed

2. Charts

3. Position, Angles, Distance & Speed

4. Movement Of Water: The Height Of Tide

5. Movement Of Water: Tidal Streams & Currents

6. The Fix

7. Visual Aids To Navigation: Buoys, Rocks & Wrecks

8. Radar & Radio Aids To Navigation

9. Navigation Equipment

10. Reference Books

11. A Few Thoughts About Safe Navigation

12. A Few Tricks Of The Trade

PART TWO: TYPES OF NAVIGATION: 13. Pilotage

14. Blind Pilotage

15. Anchoring

16. Coastal Navigation

17. Offshore Navigation

PART THREE: IN PRACTICE: 18. Passage Planning

19. Lymington To Hurst Castle

20. Hurst Castle To The Needles

21. The Needles To The Casquets

22. Casquets To The Little Russel

23. Little Russel Into St Peter Port

24. Some Cautionary Tales

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