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Intro to ECN

Introduction to Electronic Chart Navigation By David Burch

Electronic charting benefits all mariners, professional and recreational, large vessels and small, power and sail, racing and cruising. The unique information in this book should help mariners in any of these categories master the use of ENCs to enhance their safety and performance underway. There are many virtues of vector charts, but to take advantage of these, a new approach to “reading charts” is called for. This book explains and illustrates the process.

8.5"x 11" paperback, 158 pages, Full Color.
ISBN 9780914025573
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Intro to ECN

ENC Essentials By David Burch

By the end of 2024, electronic navigational charts (ENC) are projected to be the only official NOAA charts, and all traditional paper charts will have been discontinued. These charts are being replaced by new (reschemed) versions of electronic navigational charts (ENC) that have been in use for over 15 years in ocean shipping, but have not been used much by recreational and other commercial mariners.

6"x 9" paperback, 50 pages, Full Color.
ISBN 9780914025771
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Intro to ECN

Electronic Chart Symbols By David Burch

A compilation of nautical chart symbols used on electronic navigational charts (ENC), edited to meet international standards and annotated to clarify nuances in the symbol usage as needed. An appendix includes a complete list of all ENC chart objects and attributes.

6"x 9" paperback, 76 pages, Full Color.
ISBN 9780914025788
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Modern Marine Weather

Modern Marine Weather, Third Edition By David Burch

A new, comprehensive text on how to take weather into account for the planning and navigation of voyages, local or global, using the latest technologies as well as the time-honored skills of maritime tradition, so that your time on the water remains as safe and efficient as possible.

8.5" x 11" paperback, 274 pages, 400 illustrations, Full Color.
ISBN 9780914025580
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GPS Backup

GPS Backup witha Mark 3 Sextant By David Burch

No power, and batteries used up? This book and an inexpensive Mark 3 sextant lets you carry on. Alternatively, if you want to learn a basic celestial navigation position fix for any reason with minimum investment, this book shows how to do that. It's a short book, mostly tables. You can read it in an hour or two, master the sights in less than that, and find your position the next time you see the noonday sun.

6" x 9" paperback, 98 pages.
ISBN 9780914025603
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Celestial Navigation

Celestial Navigation, Second Edition By David Burch

This book covers how to find position at sea from timed sextant sights of the sun, moon, stars, and planets plus other routine and special procedures of safe, efficient offshore navigation. Includes clear explanations of how it works and how to do it well. Plus this book covers other crucial factors of ocean navigation besides just finding out where you are from the stars, such as logbook procedures, dead reckoning, error analysis, route planning, etc. At the end of this book, you will be ready for ocean navigation. Thousands of students have successfully learned celestial from these materials and gone on to cross oceans or circumnavigate the globe.

8.5" x 11", paperback, 294 pages.
ISBN 9780914025467
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Coastal Navigation

Inland and Coastal Navigation, Second Edition By David Burch

Practical small-craft navigation (sail or power) starting from the basics and ending with all that is needed to navigate safely and efficiently on inland and coastal waters in all weather conditions. For beginners and more experienced mariners alike. No previous knowledge is required, we start from the basics. Many thousands of students have successfully learned navigation from these materials and gone on to bare boat chartering or day sailing or world cruising in their own boats.

8.5" x 11", paperback, 230 pages.
ISBN 9780914025405
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Ocean Navigation Practice Voyage

Hawaii by Sextant By David Burch and Stephen Miller

An extensive practice exercise based on an actual voyage to Hawaii made solely by celestial navigation. Includes all required table selections and complete logbook. After completing this passage you will be prepared to navigate by celestial navigation on your own – if you choose to, or need to.

8.5"x 11" paperback, 162 pages.
ISBN 9780914025184
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Ocean Navigation Practice Voyage

Starpath Celestial Workforms By David Burch

Starpath work forms for sight reduction procedures in celestial navigation have been used by tens of thousands of navigators for over forty years. Designed to make the sight reduction of all celestial bodies flow in the same logical procedure that matches how data are presented in the Nautical Almanac and in the various sight reduction tables.

8.5"x 11" paperback, 86 pages.
ISBN 9780914025627
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Ocean Navigation Practice Voyage

Use of the Air Almanac For Marine Navigation By David Burch

This book is intended for readers who are either already familiar with celestial navigation or are planning to take up the subject, and want to learn about optional resources. This booklet does not teach celestial navigation, nor is it a copy of the Air Almanac.

6"x 9" paperback, 62 pages.
ISBN 9780914025658
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Navigator's Newsletter

Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, Revised 4th Edition By David Burch

This definitive guide for navigators contains every pertinent piece of information needed to chart an accurate course, whether on open water or between islands - or icebergs. Whether a rank novice or a seasoned kayaking veteran, whether paddling the shoreline of a friendly lake or attempting to cross the Bering Strait, whether a kayaker or a sailor, you will benefit from the indispensable knowledge contained in this book.

Paperback, 7.5" x 9.25," 300 pages, many illustrations
ISBN 9780914025528
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The Barometer Handbook

The Barometer Handbook By David Burch

We now have many valuable applications of accurate pressure, and we also have affordable ways to get it, and we have convenient ways to prove our instruments work properly. The main goal of this book is to show how all this comes about, and to give a bit more insight into this fascinating, venerable instrument that has been with us for 150 years. Another goal is to introduce users to the new breed of electronic devices that are in the process of revolutionizing how we do weather at sea.

7.5" x 9.25" paperback, 250 pages, many illustrations.
ISBN 9780914025122
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How To Use Plastic Sextants

How To Use Plastic Sextants By David Burch
—with Applications to Metal Sextants and a Review of Sextant Piloting

Plastic sextants are practicable at sea and preferable near land. This book shows why. It will improve your skills with all sextants.

7.5" x 9.25" paperback, 104 pages, many illustrations.
ISBN 9780914025245
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Navigation Workbook 1210 Tr

Navigation Workbook 1210 Tr By David Burch and Larry Brandt

Realistic practice problems in chart work and general navigation and the Navigation Rules. Includes selections from tide and current tables, Light List, and Coast Pilot. An excellent companion to our textbook on navigation. Used in navigation schools nationwide. For use with Training Chart 1210 Tr.

8.5" x 11" paperback, 100 pages.
ISBN 9780914025443
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Inland and Coastal Navigation Workbook

Navigation Workbook 18465 Tr By David Burch and Larry Brandt

Realistic practice problems in chart work and general navigation and the Navigation Rules. Includes selections from tide and current tables, Light List, and Coast Pilot. An excellent companion to our textbook on navigation. Used in navigation schools nationwide. For use with Training Chart 18465 Tr.

8.5" x 11" paperback, 104 pages.
ISBN 9780914025450
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Navigation Exercises for Practice Underway

Navigation Workbook for Practice Underway By David Burch and Larry Brandt

This exercise book has been used in onboard navigation training courses, power and sail, for many years. It was originally designed for students to carry on with practice when they were not on watch getting direct instructor training during extended training voyages. It can be used for day sails or long coastal passages. Now available to the public, you can use this workbook to guide your own study underway to master techniques and procedures learned from classroom or home study. Once you master the skills of these exercises you can be confident you have a practical working knowledge of navigation. These are skills and procedures that every navigator should know.

8.25" x 11", paperback, 76 pages.
ISBN 9780914025474
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Navigation Workbook 1210 Tr

Mariner's Pressure Atlas Edited By David Burch

The primary goal of this publication is to make mariners more aware of barometric pressure and how it might add to the safety and efficiency of their time on the water and to provide a specific, dependable method of storm warning in the tropics. It is also intended to show the great value of an accurate barometer. The days of only caring about rise and fall, fast or slow, should be relegated to the history books. We now have ready access to accurate instruments and all the benefits they provide.

8.5" x 11" paperback, 62 pages.
ISBN 9780914025382
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Starpath Sailor's Logbook

Sailor's Logbook

Designed for sailors by sailors. The simple layout of these record sheets has been tested over thousands of miles of offshore and coastal sailing. Use the hourly numbered entries for racing, or enter as needed for cruising.

8.5" x 11" paperback, 87 pages, matte cover.
ISBN 9780914025283
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Burch at the Helm

Burch at the Helm By David Burch

Collected articles on navigation and weather from the Burch at the Helm column of Blue Water Sailing Magazine.

7" x 10" paperback, 120 pages, gloss cover.
ISBN 9780914025399
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Robert E. Peary at the North Pole

Robert E. Peary at the North Pole By Rear Admiral Thomas D. Davies and members of The Navigation Foundation

A new printing with related correspondence of the original 1990 report to the National Geographic Society by The Navigation Foundation concerning the navigation and other particulars of Robert Peary and Matthew Hensen's trip to the North Pole in 1909. This book contains the definitive analysis of the navigation and achievement of the discovery.

8.25" x 11" paperback, 250 pages, vintage photograph prints and many illustrations.
ISBN 9780914025207
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Stark Tables for Clearing the Lunar Distance

Stark Tables for Clearing the Lunar Distance By Bruce Stark

Navigation historian Bruce Stark has devoted many years to perfecting this modern version of Lunar Distance tables. To our knowledge, there are no other versions of this type of table in print today, although tables of this type were indeed the mainstay of navigation up till about 1900. They can be used by navigators for practicing the old ways, or they can indeed be used to find your longitude today without GMT.

8.25" x 11" paperback, 250 pages.
ISBN 9780914025214
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Lunar Almanac

Lunar Almanac By Starpath

Forthcoming ...Summer 2014

8.25" x 11" paperback, 250 pages.
ISBN 9780914025245

Robert E. Peary at the North Pole

International Code of Signals (Pub.102) By NIMA

The International Code of Signals is an international system of signals and codes for use by vessels to communicate important messages regarding safety of navigation and related matters. Covers visual, sound, and radio communications.

8.25" x 11" paperback, 166 pages.
ISBN 9780914025221
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Tidal Currents of Puget Sound

Tidal Currents of Puget Sound

This publication combines the full Puget Sound Tidal Current Charts and Tide Prints. Tide Prints show the flow patterns and how they evolve throughout the current cycle. There is one print for every 3 hours throughout the cycle. They are indexed to the tide height in Seattle. Current Charts show the values of the currents at each reference station. There is one chart for every hour throughout the cycle. They are indexed to the tidal current at Admiralty Inlet.

Comparing Tide Prints and Current Charts shows the locations of eddies and bands of current, and how these bands and eddies move and interact as the current cycle evolves.

8.25" x 11" paperback, 88 pages.
ISBN 9780914025160
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Southeast Alaska Current Atlas

Southeast Alaska Current AtlasBy Randal Washburne

An ideal resource for planning routes throughout Southeast Alaskan waters using sequential charts to predict how the current flow over large regions changes with time.

The charts in this atlas show scaled arrows marking current speeds and directions at each of the official stations at sequential hours. Use slack times and maximum current speeds at Wrangell Narrows from the NOAA Tidal Current Tables to select the appropriate chart for specific dates and times.

8.25" x 11" paperback, 159 pages.
ISBN 9780914025542
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Secrets of the Viking Navigators

Secrets of the Viking Navigators By Leif K. Karlsen

Most navigators have heard of Viking sunstones, but few realize they are more than legend. Leif Karlsen has brought them to life. He shows us how they work—now, and a thousand years ago—and what it was that led the Viking navigators to develop this unique tool for finding the direction to the sun, even when the sun is obscured by clouds or fog.

6.5" x 9" paperback, 208 pages, many illustrations, and color photos.
ISBN 9780972151504
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The Star Finder Book

The Star Finder Book By David Burch

This is the third edition of a book that has been in print since 1984. This book turns the 2102-D Star Finder into a hand-held planetarium, which will become your most important tool for star ID and for planning star and planet sights in celestial navigation. It also includes many unique practical tables not found elsewhere, such as how to tell the best use of the moon from its age, how to compare brightness of stars and planets in an easy way, which stars are reddish, and more.

7.5" x 9.25", paperback, 62 pages, 85 illus.
ISBN 9780914025634
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Portney's Ponderables

Portney's Ponderables By Joe Portney

Navigation puzzles, controversies, historical problems, and other ponderables demystified by an expert navigator and writer. Joe Portney is a US Naval Academy graduate and Air Force navigator who has participated in three historic flights over the North Pole. He is a past President of the Institute of Navigation and recipient of the Weems Award for continuing contributions to the art and science of navigation. He has produced a wonderful little book here, chock filled with interesting tidbits, each of which can be read in a few minutes but will stimulate your thought for many days to come. Some are very basic, others more involved, but he provides a clear explanation of each.

5" x 8", paperback, 170 pages, many illus.
ISBN 9780914025191
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Long Term Almanac

Long Term Almanac By Geoffrey Kolbe

Sun and Star Almanac extended to 2050, plus concise sight reduction tables. A complete celestial back-up to GPS, or use it as an elegant one-book solution to celestial navigation at sea. Includes work forms and all required auxiliary tables, including sections on great circle routing and compass checks.

Second Edition, 7" x 10", paperback, 118 pages.
ISBN 9780914025108
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Radar Workbook

Radar Workbook By David Burch and Larry Brandt

Question and answers on marine radar designed to accompany the Radar for Mariners. There are multiple choice questions and "points of ponder" questions for each of the seven lessons listed in our online course on radar along with the answers. Blank radar plotting sheets are included along with a list of common radar abbreviations. This workbook is in use by numerous schools throughout the US. Anyone who answers all the questions in this workbook has a sound understanding of the fundamentals of marine radar operation.

104 pages, paperback, 8.25" x 11".
ISBN 9780914025153
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Weather Workbook

Weather Workbook By David Burch

This workbook is intended to supplement the text Modern Marine Weather with practice questions and convenient resources. All answers are provided. The Lesson structure here matches the chapter structure in the textbook. There are multiple choice questions and "points of ponder" questions for each of the ten chapters. Anyone who answers all the questions in this workbook has a sound understanding of practical marine weather.

70 pages, paperback, 8.5" x 11".
ISBN 9780914025092
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Notfall Navigation

Notfall Navigation von David Burch

Das lange vergriffene Kultbuch von David Burch, einem der weltbesten Navigatoren und Gründer der Starpath School of Navigation, nun auf Deutsch neu erschienen. Kein Survival-Handbuch, sondern ein umfassendes Werk über die eigentlichen Grundlagen der Orientierung auf See, von den polynesischen Sternenpfaden bis zum Steuern nach dem Wind und nach Wellenbildern. Wenn die Technik teilweise oder zur Gänze versagt sollte der verantwortungsbewusste Skipper oder Navigator zumindest einige der hier aufgearbeiteten Grundlagen um Kopf haben. Ein leicht verständliches Standardwerk für alle, die sich mit dem Hochsee-Segeln befassen. Übersetzt von Peer Reeh and Heinz Ressl.

278 Seiten, broschiert, 190mm x 235mm.
ISBN 9780914025177
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Navigation De Secours

Navigation De Secours par David Burch

Tous les navigateurs savent que les instruments peuvent tomber en panne. Les choses peuvent se mouiller, se casser ou passer par-dessus bord. Que vous soyez en sécurité sur votre bateau ou dérivant sur un radeau de sauvetage, David Burch vous montre comment trouver votre route quels que soient les instruments de navigation à votre disposition. En s’appuyant souvent sur des objets courants tels qu’un petit bâton, un morceau de doublure ou même une paire de lunettes de soleil, allant des techniques des anciens Polynésiens aux traînées de condensation des avions de ligne, David Burch vous explique comment utiliser tous les moyens disponibles pour calculer vitesse, direction, latitude et longitude ainsi que pratiquer tous les aspects du pilotage et de la navigation à l’estime. Traduit par Jean-Yves Guitton & Jean-Philippe Planas.

298p, 190mm x 235mm.
ISBN 9780914025368
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Marine Weather of Western WA

Marine Weather of Western Washington By Kenneth E. Lilly, JR.

The definitive resource for marine weather in the Pacific Northwest—the book's title is far too restrictive for its actual content. Weather patterns discussed apply from northern California, well up into British Columbia, it is just that there are a large number of actual examples from the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands area. All well written on a thorough yet non-technical level. This book includes real data and analysis that will affect how you interpret and apply marine weather information in the Northwest.

150 pages, paperback, 8.5" x 11".
ISBN 9780916682385
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Navigator's Newsletter

The Nautical Almanac for 1981 By US and HM Nautical Almanac Offices

Data in this book are no longer valid for navigation. It is preserved in print because many training programs (including USCG and US Navy ) use examples from 1981 to teach celestial navigation. USCG license exams require data from this almanac.

314 pages, paperback, 7" x 10".
ISBN 9780914025269
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Navigator's Newsletter

Emergency Navigation

Once we have learned to navigate by conventional methods using all available equipment in all circumstances, the task of the prudent navigator reduces to learning about weather and how to navigate with only limited instruments or none at all. This book teaches the latter subject.

268 pages, 140 illustrations, paperback, published by McGraw Hill (2008), with a Foreword by David Lewis, author of We, the Navigators
ISBN 9780071481847
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Navigator's Newsletter

Radar For Mariners

Nothing beats radar for guiding your boat through the darkest night or the thickest fog. Radar enables you to plot a fix from just a single buoy or landmark, and it is the only navigation tool that tells you not just where you are, but who else and What else is out there with you. Today's smaller, affordable, more powerful radars make more sense than ever for sailors and power boaters.

250 pages, 7" x 10" paperback, many illustrations, includes a Radar Resources CD. Published by McGraw-Hill.
ISBN 9780071830393
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