By Bill Johnson
In the bestselling sort of the Reeds Handbook sequence, Reeds Ocean Handbook builds on Reeds Skipper's Handbook with recommendation for skippers or group making plans to enterprise extra afield. Complimenting the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster path, this useful pocketbook presents all of the crucial navigation, climate, and course making plans concept, in addition to sensible tips and recommendation on long-distance radio communications, ocean passage-making, and risk/emergency preparations.
Color coded sections, for trouble-free accessibility, cover:
- international weather and path making plans (including international wind platforms, ocean currents, tropical revolving storms)
- Navigation (charts, nice circle vs. Mercator routes, time zones, satellite tv for pc navigation platforms, suggestion on on-passage navigation routines)
- Astro navigation (basic idea refresher, sensible astro navigation, plus utilizing and adjusting the sextant)
- Passage making (route making plans, getting ready the yacht, strength wishes, offers of water, nutrients, fuel, and diesel, watch-keeping exercises, group care)
- Communications (features and merits of VHF, MF, SSB, and satellite tv for pc telephones, climate fax, e mail, and entry to the internet)
- dangers and emergencies (preparing for them, apparatus record, seize luggage, emergency procedures)
Internationally appropriate with colour diagrams all through, this useful pocket-sized guide is a perfect revision reduction on shore and the precise quickly reference consultant at the boat.
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Thus each zone is roughly centred on the 15°, 30°, 45°, 60°… meridians, east and west of Greenwich, although there are local variations to suit local geography and political considerations. The standard times in these zones are 1–11 hours before or after UT. There is a convention for naming time zones: ◆Going to the east of Greenwich, with standard times ahead of UT, the zones are –1, –2 etc. ◆In the westerly direction the zones are named +1, +2 etc. Tip To take an example, in zone –2, you subtract two hours from the standard time to get UT.
19 Indian Ocean currents (showing seasonal variation). Tropical revolving storms Tropical revolving storms, known as hurricanes in the Atlantic, cyclones in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific, or typhoons in the North Pacific, are the world’s most violent weather system. If you are planning to cross an ocean in a small boat, one of the most important considerations is to know when and where these are likely to occur, and so avoid being in the wrong area at the wrong time. Fortunately their occurrence is seasonal and, up to a point, predictable.
The west-going North Equatorial Current lies between roughly 10°N and 20°N. Most of this flow turns north when it reaches the Philippines and flows north-east past Japan (Kuro Shio). It returns east (North Pacific Current and Aleutian Current) between latitudes 30°N and 50°N and south again (California Current) when it reaches North America. There is also an inshore current off California that flows in the opposite direction (north-west). To the north of this large circulation there are two smaller anticlockwise ones: the Alaska Current in the Gulf of Alaska and in the Bering Sea, producing the south-west-flowing Kamchatka Current off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Reeds Ocean Handbook by Bill Johnson