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The Barefoot Navigator: Navigating With the Skills of the Ancients

Nature, recreation and sports


by
Jack Lagan

Book Details

Format: EPUB

File size: 5.7 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

The Barefoot Navigator is an unusual and fascinating exploration

of the skills of navigation employed by the ancients and transferrable

to the present day. The first half of the book investigates the

navigation capabilities of seafarers long before modern navigation

instruments or charts became available. For example, how did the

Polynesians manage to populate an area of ocean larger than North

America simply by analysing clouds, currents, wind direction, sun,

stars and the flight patterns of ocean birds? And how did the Vikings

routinely travel between Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia – huge

tracts of treacherous water? The second part of the book analyses how

the techniques of the ancients can be employed by 21st century seafarers to supplement today’s navigational hardware – especially in survival situations.

This is a unique analysis of practical technology-free navigation,

whose techniques can easily be employed by modern navigators to

supplement their personal navigation skills in order to just ‘know’

where they are. It will fascinate navigators and landlubbers alike.

The Barefoot Navigator is an unusual and fascinating exploration

of the skills of navigation employed by the ancients and transferrable

to the present day. The first half of the book investigates the

navigation capabilities of seafarers long before modern navigation

instruments or charts became available. For example, how did the

Polynesians manage to populate an area of ocean larger than North

America simply by analysing clouds, currents, wind direction, sun,

stars and… (more)

The Barefoot Navigator is an unusual and fascinating exploration

of the skills of navigation employed by the ancients and transferrable

to the present day. The first half of the book investigates the

navigation capabilities of seafarers long before modern navigation

instruments or charts became available. For example, how did the

Polynesians manage to populate an area of ocean larger than North

America simply by analysing clouds, currents, wind direction, sun,

stars and the flight patterns of ocean birds? And how did the Vikings

routinely travel between Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia – huge

tracts of treacherous water? The second part of the book analyses how

the techniques of the ancients can be employed by 21st century seafarers to supplement today’s navigational hardware – especially in survival situations.

This is a unique analysis of practical technology-free navigation,

whose techniques can easily be employed by modern navigators to

supplement their personal navigation skills in order to just ‘know’

where they are. It will fascinate navigators and landlubbers alike.

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