Understanding a Nautical Chart

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Wow, I've been waiting for a book like this for a while. Crisp, clear defintions of all the symbols you find on nautical charts with detailed explanation on what they mean. Why has it taken so long for a book like this to come out? A must-have reference on-board.

Written by Paul Boissier

Understanding a Nautical Chart A handy guide to making sense of a nautical chart

Whether they are paper or electronic, charts are the most fundamental navigational tool. Making the best use of them requires a great understanding of symbols and abbreviations, as well as an awareness of the limits of accuracy in positions and soundings. Understanding a Nautical Chart not only helps you to read a chart, it allows you to understand that information and use it to navigate safely. Learning the abbreviations and symbols are critical to anybody using a chart and before you can use one, you must know them or at have easy access to the definitions, all of which are included in a full copy of the key to UKHO charts (Chart 5011).

Explains how to establish the accuracy of charts to allow you to navigate with confidence and safety. Written by a former Royal Navy Deputy Commander in Chief, Paul Boissier. Includes a full copy of the key to UKHO chart symbols (Chart 5011). The chart information included is presented in the following sections:


Chart Number, Title, Marginal Notes, Positions, Distances, Directions, Compass


Natural Features, Cultural Features, Landmarks, Ports, Topographic Terms


Tides, Currents, Depths, Nature of the Seabed, Rocks, Wrecks, Obstructions, Offshore Installations, Tracks, Routes Areas, Limits, Hydrographic Terms

Aids and Services

Lights, Buoys, Beacons, Fog Signals, Radar, Radio, Electronic Position-Fixing Systems, Services, Small Craft Facilities

Alphabetical Index

Index of Abbreviations, International Abbreviations, List of Descriptors, IALA Maritime Buoyage System

Published by Wiley Nautical, the ISBN is 978-0470749135 and our rating for this book is

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