The Nautical Shelf.
Tapir Academic Press
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 NE 58th Ave., Suite 300
Portland, OR 97213-3786
9788251927604, $76.00, www.tapirforlag.no
Sailing through ice is a treacherous task, something that hasn't been undertaken since recent history "Ice Navigation" discusses the process of sailing through ice and frost, a very difficult and potentially deadly process. Norvald Kjerstad demonstrates knowledge in every step of the process of preparing for an expedition through these Arctic regions. From specifications of ship technology, geological concerns, what to expect from the environment, regulations, and much more. Designed as both an introductory and a reference guide for those whose journeys will take them to an ice ridden regions. "Ice Navigation" is complete and comprehensive reading, compiled by a professor who has been working with this area for expertise for some decades.
Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age, revised edition
Paradise Cay Publications
Box 29, Areata, CA 95518
9780939837755, $24.95, www.paracay.com
Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age appears in a revised, expanded edition tailored for navigation in the GPS age. Its main focus is on using the scientific calculator to chart courses, presenting equations that can be keyed into a calculator and offering a basic understanding of the concepts of celestial navigation. From new ways to plot lines of position to checking a sextant by star sights and telling time from a moon sight, this packs in all the basics on celestial navigation processes in a top pick for any nautical library.
Sheridan House Inc.
145 Palisade St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Boat owners seeking basic coverage of boat systems will find two new nautical titles by John C. Payne to be intriguing and inviting. UNDERSTANDING BOAT REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS (9781574093001, $16.95) comes from an authority on marine electrical systems and electronics and provides a fine basic survey of refrigeration principles, systems, and typical boat systems from ice makers and air conditioning to heating. UNDERSTANDING BOAT DC ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT (9781574093018, $16.95) covers all types of boat electrical systems, from dc electrical motors and lighting systems to anchors windlasses and propulsion systems. Both are basic easy reference introductions for any boat owner who wants to absorb the basics.
2011 -12 Sailor's Guide to the Windward Islands
Cruising Guide Publications
Box 1017, Dunedin, FL 34697-1017
9780944428900, $29.95, www.cruisingguides.com
The 15th updated edition of Sailor's Guide to the Windward Islands has been revised and updated and features detailed sketch charts based on the author's own surveys, and aerial photos of most anchorages. Navigational details and more cover the islands from Martinique to Grenada and offers fine sections on everything from services to GPS points and local links for weather and more. A 'must' for any sailor planning a trip to the Windwards, this is all presented in lay-flat binding for quick, easy access.