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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-08-05
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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The best handbook on chart usage, from one of the most trusted names in boatingIn 2000, the U.S. government ceased publication ofChart No. 1, the invaluable little book that generations of mariners have consulted to make sense of the complex system of signs, symbols, and graphic elements used in nautical charts. NowChart No. 1is not just reborn but expanded and improved inHow to Read a Nautical Chart. The demand for a book like this has never been greater.Arranged and edited by Nigel Calder, one of today's most respected boating authors, --and containing four-color illustrations throughout,--How to Read a Nautical Chartpresents a number of original features that help readers make optimum use of the data found inChart No. 1, including a more intuitive format, crucial background information, international chart symbol equivalents, electronic chart symbology, and thorough explanations of the practical aspects of nautical chart reading.

Author Biography

Nigel Calder has decades of sailing and cruising experience and is one of the world's foremost marine writers. He is the author of seven books, including Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, and has written more than 300 articles for magazines such as SAIL, Ocean Navigator, and Cruising World.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Art Credits


Part 1. The Limits of Accuracy

Chapter 1. Fundamental Chart-Making Concepts

Chapter 2. Horizontal Chart Accuracy

Chapter 3. Vertical Chart Accuracy

Part 2. Symbology

Chapter 4. Introduction to INT-1

Chapter 5. Topography

Chapter 6. Hydrography

Chapter 7. Aids and Services

Part 3. Appendix

Index to INT-1

Glossary and Acronyms

Common Chart Abbreviations


General Index

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