Chapter 1 Maps and charts

Maps and charts are the main tools that we use in navigation, so it makes sense to take a look at these first. We’ll look at the differences between maps and nautical charts and learn how to specify our position on each. Whilst we’re looking at maps and charts, it makes sense to also introduce the compass. Charts are less familiar to many people, so we’ll take a quick look at how to read a chart, and look at the buoys that are often shown on charts. Finally, we’ll think about the practicalities of using maps and charts both on and off the water.