By Bill Johnson

In the bestselling type of the Reeds Handbook sequence, Reeds Ocean Handbook builds on Reeds Skipper's Handbook with recommendation for skippers or staff making plans to enterprise extra afield. Complimenting the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster direction, this useful pocketbook presents the entire crucial navigation, climate, and direction making plans idea, in addition to sensible information and suggestion on long-distance radio communications, ocean passage-making, and risk/emergency preparations.

Color coded sections, for hassle-free accessibility, cover:
- global 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, recommendation on on-passage navigation routines)
- Astro navigation (basic thought refresher, sensible astro navigation, plus utilizing and adjusting the sextant)
- Passage making (route making plans, getting ready the yacht, energy wishes, offers of water, nutrition, fuel, and diesel, watch-keeping workouts, team care)
- Communications (features and merits of VHF, MF, SSB, and satellite tv for pc telephones, climate fax, electronic mail, and entry to the internet)
- hazards and emergencies (preparing for them, apparatus record, seize baggage, emergency procedures)

Internationally appropriate with colour diagrams all through, this useful pocket-sized instruction manual is a perfect revision reduction on shore and the fitting quickly reference consultant at the boat.

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If you need to work out the time of the sun’s meridian passage time at your particular longitude (eg for a noon sight of the sun to determine latitude) you include the equation of time in your calculation (see here). Tip A lot of publications (eg almanacs, Admiralty List of Radio Signals) and international radio services are based on UT. So it’s useful to keep one clock on board set permanently to UT – it eliminates any confusion as you travel to different time zones. Time zones and standard times Everyone around the world wants to use a time that roughly agrees with their own local ‘sun’ time, but we also want to convert easily to UT and other people’s time.

28 Dangerous and ‘navigable’ semicircles. WIND DIRECTION AND STORM PATH If a storm is approaching and you are close enough to be affected by the circulating winds, you need to observe the change in wind direction to work out which side of its track you are on. In the northern hemisphere, if you are on the ‘dangerous’ side of the track the wind will veer (change direction clockwise) as the storm approaches, and on the ‘navigable’ (ie marginally less dangerous) side, winds will back. In the southern hemisphere, it’s the other way round.

In the winter, the opposite occurs. Intense cooling over Asia produces a huge area of high pressure as cold air subsides towards the surface. 12). This is not as strong as the summer monsoon, and because the wind is blowing off the land, not as wet. Weather is generally fine and clear. 12 Average winds in the Indian Ocean in January. As this air crosses the equator it changes direction, blowing towards the north coast of Australia as the north-west monsoon. 13 Average winds in the Pacific in January.

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