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GPS for Mariners, 2nd Edition: A Guide for the Recreational Boater [Paperback]

Robert Sweet

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Book Description

July 8 2011

From the National Education Officer of the U.S. Power Squadrons, here is the operator's manual that should come with every boater's GPS receiver or chart plotter.

About the Book GPS for Mariners was immediately well received by nautical book buyers because it took the mystery out of what was, in 2003, still a somewhat mysterious black box. Sales of the book have been strong ever since--through the U.S. Power Squadrons and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as through bookstores and marine stores.

In the intervening six years, however, GPS has achieved almost universal acceptance. No one needs to be told in detail how the system works or why it is reliable anymore. Boaters today accept GPS as the ultimate navigation tool—they just want to know how to use it.

At the same time, even the most basic GPS receivers are much more full-featured now than six years ago. It's hard to find a new GPS receiver--even a handheld unit--that doesn’t have resident charts or maps, for example. And many boaters now buy chart plotters with integral GPS--and the distinction between a GPS receiver and a full-featured chart plotter has become increasingly blurred. About the only thing that hasn't changed is that the manual that comes with a new GPS receiver or chart plotter is as confusing, fragmented, and incomplete as ever, and in all likelihood never even mentions nautical applications because GPS manufacturers cater to the larger nonboating markets.

In response to these trends, the second edition of GPS for Mariners will have much less GPS tech-talk and theory--no sense preaching to the converted—and more instead on getting the most out of today’s more advanced and powerful units. And the second edition will be presented in full color to do maximum justice to the many screen shots and electronic chart shots the book will feature, thus faithfully replicating the full-color screens of most of today’s GPS receivers and chart plotters.

  • Revamped coverage and emphasis: Boaters no longer need to be told what GPS is. They just want to know what it will do for them and how to use it. Therefore this new edition eliminates theory and adds brand-new content on the features and capabilities of new GPS receivers and chart plotters.
  • Now in full color: Because marine GPS receivers and chart plotters have made the transition to color displays since the first edition was published, so has the book. The second edition will be printed entirely in color, the better to show the many features of GPS and chart plotters.
  • Distinctive author qualifications: Bob Sweet is not only a successful boating book author but also the National Education Officer of the U.S. Power Squadrons, America's largest non-profit boating organization and boating educator.
  • The manual that should have come with your GPS or chartplotter but didn't. Clear, concise advice on how to install and initialize the unit, how to use its various features, and how to interpret what it tells you.
  • Color screen shots of the displays take the mystery out of interpretation. Learn basic and advanced functions. Use the device for advance route planning as well as en-route navigation.
  • Become an informed GPS buyer as well as an informed GPS user.
  • Learn the ins and outs of navigation software
  • Interface your GPS with a PC, radar, or autopilot.

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    About the Author

    Bob Sweet has more than 30 years of experience in the technology and electronics markets and 30 years of boating experience. He has held engineering and senior executive management positions with a number of companies including GTE, Harris, ABA Industries, Inframetrics and Elbit Systems - the last three at the President and CEO level. He has both BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Penn State. He started his career as a radar and communications system engineer and, throughout his career, gained extensive experience with GPS including managing a corporate business unit that developed major portions of GPS for the Air Force. More recently, Bob was instrumental in the boating education for the Power Squadrons in Southeastern New England. HOMETOWN: East Falmouth, MA

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 23 2014
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    Need these for training that we do. for the price we do not have to charge the full price for the class.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good up-to-date-book April 6 2014
    By A. R. Christopherson - Published on
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    This book helps the mariner to correctly use his GPS for navigating lakes, rivers, and even coastal waters. The first 4 chapters are designed to teach the reader the basics of GPS operation. The rest of the book goes into more detail for using the GPS for navigation on the water. What I liked about this book is that this can also apply to those who are totally unfamiliar with using a GPS. Therefore this book can be used for the person who uses a handheld GPS for multiple purposes, hiking, hunting, fishing lakes and streams, and even driving in unfamiliar areas.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boater Reference March 13 2014
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    This second edition of the GPS for Mariners is a great improvement over the first edition. There is more usable material in this book and it is much more readable. Examples are excellent. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the GPS and how to use it.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Use these for a class July 21 2013
    By Arlene Ingram - Published on
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    Good instruction material. Has lots of fundamental things and illustrations with tips and tricks for your boats GP. Would recommend.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great referance April 10 2013
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    As a profesional mariner and Instructor for the USCG AUX it was well writen and easy for regular boat owners to understand! We will be using it in our public education classes!

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