Understanding a Nautical Chart: A Practical Guide to Safe Navigation

Understanding a Nautical Chart: A Practical Guide to Safe Navigation

Paperback, 200pp, 8.3 x 11.6, 9780470749135
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: 

  • General 
    Chart Number, Title, Marginal Notes, Positions, Distances, Directions, Compass 
  • Topography 
    Natural Features, Cultural Features, Landmarks, Ports,  Topographic Terms 
  • Hydrography
    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
  • Chart 5011


8.3 x 11.6
Paul Boissier
Wiley Nautical
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