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How to Read a Nautical Chart: A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts [Paperback]

Nigel Calder
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1 Sep 2002
'Calder has done it again. This comprehensive and, as importantly, readable book on navigation should be required on all boats' - Peter Nielsen, editor, "SAIL" magazine. 'This is a wonderful chart companion: an intriguing investigation of chart development combined with practical, hands-on data on how to really put a chart to use' - Tim Queeney, editor, "Ocean Navigator Charts". Whether paper or electronic, they are your most fundamental navigational tool. Using them to your best advantage requires a thorough understanding of the symbols and abbreviations and an awareness of the limits of accuracy in positions and soundings. Did you know, for example, that hydrographic standards used to collect the majority of data on modern charts are considerably less accurate than GPS position fixes? That the majority of soundings still come from lead-line surveys? That a wreck symbol surrounded by a dotted circle means it is considered dangerous?That there are four different kinds of rock symbols, each with a different meaning? And that the definition of 'danger' has changed over time and will depend on the age of your charts? In "How to Read a Nautical Chart", trusted boating authority Nigel Calder answers these and hundreds of other questions clearly and concisely. He covers in detail: fundamental chartmaking concepts in plain language; the limits of accuracy of modern charts (paper and electronic); dozens of full-scale illustrations from actual charts; expanded versions of U.S., British, and international chart symbology descriptions contained in NOAA's Chart No. 1, the British Admiralty's Chart 5011, and the IHO's INT-1; and much more.It presents essential information designed to improve vital chart-reading skills. "How to Read a Nautical Chart" should be on every navigator's bookshelf. 'Nigel's enthusiasm and insight turn a mundane chart into a map of buried treasure. Every navigator should stow a copy in the chart table' - Paul Gelder, deputy editor, "Yachting Monthly".


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071376151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071376150
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.6 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is everything the navigator needs to know about the nautical chart, attractively produced in a large paperback edition...informative and enjoyable. Cruising 20050803 It covers the information you need to know in order to read chart no1 (but no charts included)

Here is everything the navigator needs to know about the nautical chart, attractively produced in a large paperback edition...informative and enjoyable. (Cruising ) It covers the information you need to know in order to read chart no1 (but no charts included)

From the Back Cover

"Calder has done it again. This comprehensive and, as importantly, readable book on navigation should be required on all boats."--Peter Nielsen, editor, SAIL magazine

"This is a wonderful chart companion: an intriguing investigation of chart development combined with practical, hands-on data on how to really put a chart to use."--Tim Queeney, editor, Ocean Navigator

Charts, whether paper or electronic, are your most fundamental navigational tool. Using them to your best advantage requires a thorough understanding of the symbols and abbreviations and an awareness of the limits of accuracy in positions and soundings.

Did you know, for example, that hydrographic standards used to collect the majority of data on modern charts are considerably less accurate than GPS position fixes? That the majority of soundings still come from lead-line surveys? That a wreck symbol surrounded by a dotted circle means it is considered dangerous? That there are four different kinds of rock symbols, each with a different meaning? And that the definition of "danger" has changed over time and will depend on the age of your charts?

In How to Read a Nautical Chart, trusted boating authority Nigel Calder answers these and hundreds of other questions clearly and concisely. He covers in detail:

  • Fundamental chartmaking concepts in plain language
  • The limits of accuracy of modern charts (paper and electronic)
  • Dozens of full-scale illustrations from actual charts
  • Expanded versions of U.S., British, and international chart symbology descriptions contained in NOAA's Chart No. 1, the British Admiralty's Chart 5011, and the IHO's INT-1
  • And much more essential information designed to improve vital chart-reading skills

How to Read a Nautical Chart should be on every navigator's bookshelf.

"Nigel's enthusiasm and insight turn a mundane chart into a map of buried treasure. Every navigator should stow a copy in the chart table."--Paul Gelder, deputy editor, Yachting Monthly


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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly fascinating read 17 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to help me while studying for RYA Day Skipper, but I'd recommend it not only to fellow sailors but anyone interested in charts and maps and how we know where we are on Earth. The first three chapters are a fascinating and important explanation of why we should treat maps and charts with caution as well as appreciation. The second part of the book is vital for any sailor as it lists the international standard for chart symbology, but goes much further than the dryness of Chart 5011, with explanations of how usage varies around the world. UK readers shouldn't worry that it was written for the US market, the author obviously has great respect for the British Admiralty charts and many examples use UK charts. Overall, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpful book 5 Feb 2006
By I. Clarke VINE VOICE
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This book has really helped me with my RYA studies and has also helped to explain some of the mystery of nautical charts. I would seriously recommend this book for anyone studying the RYA excams at any level. The book is clear & concise in its explanations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really useful and informative book. 15 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book explaining all the symbols on charts,I never realised how detailed charts were until I had this book open next to one. A really helpful book for sailors and a great referance to keep at hand.You won't regret spending the money to purchase this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nautical chart 23 Nov 2011
By Bearsie
Format:Paperback
Good quality and value for money.Item was as described in the review. Ideal book for beginners in this subject.Arrived promptly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Read A Nautical Chart 7 Nov 2010
By Neilmac
Format:Paperback
This is just what you need whether it is the first publication you have ever read on the subject or you require a refresher course. Top Marks.
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