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How to Read a Nautical Chart: A Captain's Quick Guide

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Your quick-reference, on-board guide to the symbology and shorthand notations used on nautical charts

Nautical charts contain an incredible amount of information for those who know how to decipher them. But without a key to the symbology, a chart can be bewildering. Nigel Calder, one of today's most respected boating authors, helps you make sense complex system of signs, sy
ebook, 16 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by International Marine Publishing (first published August 5th 2002)
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Even for an armchair sailor such as myself this is a really interesting book. The first, large, section deals with 'the limits of accuracy' of nautical charts. Maps and charts are always a projection of a curved surface onto a flat representation. The projection necessarily introduces distortions. If the curved surface is a sphere the distortions can be fairly easily accounted for; if an ellipsoid the problem becomes harder but still tractable. But if, as is the case with the earth, the curve is ...more
James Piper
Short. An intro to reading nautical charts. Probably one still needs the guidance of an old-hand.
Excellent reference on chart reading
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