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Marine Navigation: Piloting


Year: 1981
Language: english
Author: Richard R. Hobbs
Genre: Manual
Publisher: Naval Institute Press Annapolis, Maryland
Edition: 2nd
ISBN: 978-94-011-7370-4
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Description: Marine Navigation 1: Piloting was originally written as a text to introduce midshipmen attending the U.S. Naval Academy and the various NROTC colleges and universities to the shipboard navigation department organization and the principles of piloting as practiced on board ships of the U.S. Navy. Therefore, the reader will find a definite Navy orientation in much of the material presented in this volume. Nevertheless, because prime emphasis has been placed on setting down the basic knowledge required for the safe navigation of any vessel in piloting waters, most of the information herein will be equally as applicable to navigators of private and commercial craft as to navigators of Navy surface warships.
Piloting refers to the safe navigation of a surface vessel in and near coastal and intracoastal waters. It is done primarily with reference to land and seamarks, as opposed to taking celestial observations or using electronic navigational aids and systems. Most of the piloting techniques discussed in this text are not new; in fact, many were developed by early seafarers well before the time of Christ, but modern instruments and navigational aids have made attainable a degree of accuracy undreamed of by the ancients. If the inexperienced student navigator can master the time-tested practical techniques of piloting presented in this book, he may be confident that he possesses the basic knowledge required to navigate any surface vessel safely in the piloting environment. Moreover, after some practical experience, the student should have sufficient background to proceed on to other more advanced techniques and navigational texts if he so desires.
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