Get Onboard with E-Charting: The Complete Reference Guide to Electronic Charting and PC-Based Marine Navigation [With CD-ROM]

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9780975861721: Get Onboard with E-Charting: The Complete Reference Guide to Electronic Charting and PC-Based Marine Navigation [With CD-ROM]

Get Onboard With E-Charting is the first book written specifically for recreational and light commercial boaters on this new and popular topic. Friendly, Readable Format-Complete and thorough coverage, based on the Doyles' electronic charting seminars and their experience as certified NOAA electronic chart distributors. Organized in five parts to cover topics such as the history of global position finding, hardware, instruments and sensors, cartography, software, data exchange, and choosing an e-charting application. Sidebars supplement the main text with detail on technical topics. Seven real-life scenarios inspire ideas on how e-charting works best for you, your vessel, and your cruising plans. In-Depth, Hands-On Reviews-Detailed reviews of 16 popular packages put the reader "behind the wheel" of more software packages than a person could ever feasibly load on his or her computer. No other authors have more breadth and depth on each of 16 viewers, planners, and full-featured applications. Over 100 full-color photos, illustrations, and screenshots let the reader see e-charting's features in action. Insights from the hands-on testing are summarized in Pilot-On-Board hints. Software Comparison Tables and Features at a Glance Tables summarize 81 metrics, allowing for a quick comparison across e-charting packages and features. More than "Charts on a Laptop"-Also covers how to leverage an onboard laptop with additional marine resources, ranging from onboard Internet access, Internet free telephony, weather applications for smartphones, user-generated marine websites, and digital camera geo-taggers. Complete Reference Source-Includes an appendix with over 200 free downloadable government publications, reference texts, and nautical calculators and an appendix with 162 useful reference websites. The glossary explains over 460 navigation, electronic charting, and general computing terms. Fully indexed.

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