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Understanding a Nautical Chart

Understanding a Nautical Chart not only contains a complete key to every chart symbol – including all the information from UKHO’s Chart 5011 – it also is a guide to understanding these symbols and all the other information used on nautical charts.


It explains how a chart is compiled, what information can be trusted and when extra caution is needed. Some depths may be based on sporadic leadline soundings from more than 150 years ago and this A4 size title will tell you where to look to find this essential information, plus plenty more practical lessons.


There’s advice on updating paper charts, working with electronic charts and numerous examples of how to get the most of your chart. The back section of the book is a complete key to every chart simple – exactly the same information as found in Chart 5011.


Paul Boissier has honed his understanding of charts as skipper of his Island Packet, Snow Goose, and while commanding warships and submarines.


50 pence from the sale of each book will be donated to the RNLI.


About Wiley Nautical: Formerly known as Fernhurst Books, Wiley Nautical was created in 2006. It publishes more than 150 sailing, boating, surfing and diving titles. It is part of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, the global publishing house founded in 1807 that has been a valued source of information and understanding for over 200 years. www.wileynautical.com

Notes to editors: For more information, images, author interviews or advanced review copies please do not hesitate to get in touch with Charlotte Tomkins ctomkins@wiley.com