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9780070211209

Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings: How to Build and Use 18 Traditional Navigational Tools

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    9780070211209

  • ISBN10:

    0070211205

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-12-22
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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Summary

Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings is for people who like to work with their hands and who appreciate traditional nautical craftsmanship. You don't have to be the master of any craft to undertake any of these projects--from a simple kamal or latitude hook to the more complex pelorus or octant--just a careful and enthusiastic worker.These 18 projects fall roughly into three categories: decorative, useful, and somewhere in between. Some, such as the astrolabe, are mainly for display. On the other hand, the sounding line is an important and practical tool for small-craft navigation, particularly in the absence of an electronic sounder. The cross-staff falls somewhere in between, equally at home in the den or the ditch kit.Each of the devices discussed here--with simple, proven building instructions complemented by clear illustrations--has at one time or another been used for the practical business of navigation, and each is worth reviving for its beauty, historic value, or sheer usefulness.Dennis Fisher has designed these projects with an emphasis on simplicity and reasonable cost. Everything can be scratch-built using easily obtainable materials and tools, and each is true to the spirit and function of the original instrument.

Author Biography

New Hampshire native Dennis Fisher has built and used all the instruments in this book, some during a recent cruise from New England to Bermuda and the Virgin Islands. A graduate of Maine's Colby College who has written about navigation for New England Coastal News, he runs a printing business when not at his workbench building traditional navigational instruments.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Tools and Materials

2. The Latitude Hook

3. The Kamal

4. The Astrolabe

5. The Quadrant

6. The Astronomical Ring

7. The Sundial

8. The Nocturnal

9. The Cross-Staff

10. The Backstaff

11. The Dry-Card Compass

12. The Traverse Board

13. The Hand Lead

14. The Heaving Line

15. The Chip Log

16. The Weatherglass

17. The Pelorus

18. The Sun Compass

19. The Octant

Appendix A: Tools and Materials

Appendix B: Navigation Equipment

Appendix C: Marine Catalogs

Bibliography

Index

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