Since the beginning of time, humans have felt the need to define their position in relation to the environment--to be in control and have a means to guide their movements. Ancient mariners navigated by the stars, studying constellations and wind directions. Medieval navigators added cardinal points to the simple charts that allowed them to set off on epic journeys and return home safely.
Today, our planet harbors few secrets, and no unknown seas remain to be sailed. Computers, the Internet, and satellites have all helped to shrink our world, providing instant feedback with astounding accuracy. Yet, modern adventurers still embark on journeys of exploration, and the challenge remains unchanged--to venture into the unknown, overcoming fear and doubt, and chart a safe course home.
Modern equipment has made ocean voyages safer and simpler, but traditional navigation still presents a unique challenge. THE NAVIGATOR'S HANDBOOK offers a step-by-step guide to mastering the art, giving an overview of sophisticated modern navigation methods including GPS and radar, navigating using compasses and charts, and studying ocean currents, seasonal winds, and safety techniques. Whether you are a novice or an experienced sailor looking for a refresher course, THE NAVIGATOR'S HANDBOOK offers crucial instruction and is sure to become an essential reference guide.