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Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings : How to Build and Use 18 Traditional Navigational Tools - Dennis Fisher

Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings

How to Build and Use 18 Traditional Navigational Tools

Paperback Published: 22nd December 1994
ISBN: 9780070211209
Number Of Pages: 176

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"Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings" is for people who like to work with their hands and who appreciate traditional nautical craftsmanship. You don't have to be the master of any craft to undertake any of these projects--from a simple kamal or latitude hook to the more complex pelorus or octant--just a careful and enthusiastic worker.

These 18 projects fall roughly into three categories: decorative, useful, and somewhere in between. Some, such as the astrolabe, are mainly for display. On the other hand, the sounding line is an important and practical tool for small-craft navigation, particularly in the absence of an electronic sounder. The cross-staff falls somewhere in between, equally at home in the den or the ditch kit.

Each of the devices discussed here--with simple, proven building instructions complemented by clear illustrations--has at one time or another been used for the practical business of navigation, and each is worth reviving for its beauty, historic value, or sheer usefulness.

Dennis Fisher has designed these projects with an emphasis on simplicity and reasonable cost. Everything can be scratch-built using easily obtainable materials and tools, and each is true to the spirit and function of the original instrument.

Industry Reviews

"This is a nifty book that will appeal to a wide variety of yacht owners.#.#.For those who like simple solutions to complex situations and those who like to create their own devices, this book with its straightforward diagrams and comprehensive information would make a delightful gift." Coastal Cruising ".#.#.for people who like to work with their hands and appreciate traditional nautical craftsmanship.#.#.Each project emphasizes simplicity and reasonable cost and is true to the spirit and fucntion of the original instrument." Nautical Collector

Tools and Materials
The Latitude Hook
The Kamal
The Astrolabe
The Quadrant
The Astronomical Ring
The Sundial
The Nocturnal
The Cross-Staff
The Backstaff
The Dry-Card Compass
The Traverse Board
The Hand Lead
The Heaving Line
The Chip Log
The Weatherglass
The Pelorus
The Sun Compass
The Octant
Tools and Materials
Navigation Equipment
Marine Catalogs
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ISBN: 9780070211209
ISBN-10: 0070211205
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 22nd December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.5  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1