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Radar for Mariners by David Burch

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Learn the basics of radar for mariners from radar “tuning” and picture optimization to collision avoidance and navigation with radar.

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Radar for Mariners by David Burch

Radar for Mariners by David BurchNothing 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 powerboaters.

The accompanying Radar Resources CD includes sample radar manuals, ebook of the nav rules, annotated radar images, printable plotting sheets, and a time-limited demo copy of the Starpath Radar Trainer, so you can see what that program looks like in action to decide if you want to purchase a copy for further study and practice “underway.”

This book reflects years of radar teaching experience both in the classroom and even more pertinent from onboard courses underway. Radar “tuning” and picture optimization are covered in detail, as is collision avoidance and navigation with radar. The book is divided into two parts, Basics and Beyond the Basics, so that readers can get underway with safe, efficient radar usage as soon as possible.

Learn How to Choose, Install and Operate Marine Radar

  • Choose the best radar model for your sail- or powerboat
  • Install, adjust, and operate your system
  • Interpret the images on your radar screen
  • Pilot your boat and track the movements of vessels around you
  • Use radar to track and avoid squalls, to outmaneuver competitors in a yacht race, and for other specialized tasks
  • Interface your radar with a digital compass, GPS, or electronic chart

Radar for Mariners Table of Contents

PART I

  • Overview – How radar works
  • Operation and “Tuning”
  • Interpreting the Radar Screen
  • Radar for Position Navigation
  • Radar Piloting
  • Radar for Collision Avoidance

PART II

  • Installation, Specifications, and Performance
  • Special Controls and Features
  • False Echoes and Interference
  • Advanced Navigation and Piloting
  • Radar Maneuvering
  • Radar and the Navigation Rules
  • Looking Ahead

REFERENCES

  • Radar
  • Navigation Rules
  • Radiation safety
  • Small-craft navigation
  • Contacts for small-craft radar units
  • Electronic aids to navigation
  • Seamanship and small boat handling

List of Abbreviations
Glossary

“From helping you decide which type of unit to buy to teaching you how to become an expert operator, this book covers the gamut of small-craft radar use.”
– THE ENSIGN (US Power Squardon Newsletter), Mar/Apr 2007

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