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Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation

Revised 4th Edition


David Burch



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Chart No. 1a
Starpath annotated edition

Navigation Rules Navigation Calculators Chart Sources



• Kayak and Paddlesport Resources

Coast & Kayak Magazine (formerly Wavelength)
Adventure Kayak
Ocean Paddler
British Canoeing Union (BCU)
American Canoe Association (ACA)
BC Marine Trails (Check out their interactive marine trails map)

• Articles on related topics (

Free or Demo eCahrt Viewers
Introduction to AIS
Atlantic and Pacific Weather Briefings
Weather by Satellite Phone

Internet Resources
New and powerful way to study topographic charts
Windsurfing resources
dAISy receiver
Vessel tracking

Personal Locator Beacon info
Starpath pocket navigation rules
External GPS resources Bad Elf (plug and BT)
GlobalSat BT-821C.
Barometer Apps
Tide and current apps

Federal Requirements for Recreational


• Nautical Charts and Related Publications

Baker Lyman, Metaire, Louisiana; (800) 535–6956;
Binnacle Navigation, Halifax, Nova Scotia; (800) 224–3937;
Blue Water Books and Charts, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (800) 942–2583;
Captains Nautical Supply, Seattle, WA; (800) 448–2278;
Landfall Navigation, Stamford, CT; (800) 941–2219;
Maryland Nautical, Baltimore, MD; (800) 596-7245;
New York Nautical, New York, NY; (212) 962–4522;
Safe Navigation Inc, Long Beach, CA; (800) 723–3628;

• Ebook options for this textbook (

• See Workbooks below of practice exercises keyed to the chapters of this book.

• Access to free echarts online (

• Starpath online Glossary of Marine Navigation ( The Glossary in the text is different from this one, as it is customized to the text.

• Links to related navigation publications (

• Program geomag for accurate magnetic variation computation (

•Starpath online videos on chart plotting (

• Read About Online Inland and Coastal Course (

• Referenced in the text: 4-up portable compass roses (Print onto clear labels to add to charts)

• Contact the author ([email protected])

• Blank workforms and plotting sheets for those who have purchased the ebook version of our Onboard Exercises Workforms and Plotting Sheets
Read about this valuable book here. Navigation Workbook for Practice Underway

• Errata

p.72 - Formula for Average Speed should be (Minutes paddled/60 minutes) x Paddling Speed

See related Navigation Workbooks with practice problems and answers:
 Using Chart 18465 Tr Using Chart 1210 Tr Practice Underway