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Nothing beats radar for guiding your boat through the darkest night or the thickest fog. Radar enables you to plot a fix from just a single buoy or landmark, and it is the only navigation tool that tells you not just where you are, but who else and What else is out there with you. Today's smaller, affordable, more powerful radars make more sense than ever for sailors and powerboaters.

This complete, in-depth manual shows you how to:

  • Choose the best radar model for your sail- or powerboat
  • Install, adjust, and operate your system
  • Interpret the images on your radar screen
  • Pilot your boat and track the movements of vessels around you
  • Use radar to track and avoid squalls, to outmaneuver competitors in a yacht race, and for other specialized tasks
  • Interface your radar with a digital compass, GPS, or electronic chart

We hope that this book reflects our years of radar teaching experience both in the classroom and even more pertinent in our onboard courses underway. The book is divided into two parts, Basics and Beyond the Basics (see Preface notes in the Features link), so that readers can get underway with safe, efficient radar usage as soon as possible.

Radar "tuning" and picture optimization are covered in detail, as is collision avoidance and navigation with radar. The full table of contents is in the Contents link above. The Preface to the book can be read in the Features link above, and this book has its own support page, which you can see at the Tech Support link above.

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
Announces Adoption of Radar For Mariners by Affiliate Schools. The purpose of the program is to standardize the teaching of radar for recreational boaters. Affiliate Schools across the country are teaching this Radar Course to those students that have already taken a coastal navigation course. The textbook Radar for Mariners by David Burch will be used for the program.

The following standards will be taught:

  • How radar works
  • Radar Operation
  • Interpreting the screen
  • Piloting
  • Position navigation
  • Collision avoidance
  • Radar and the Navigation Rules.

This national program will aid in the proper education of recreational mariners using radar and increase the safety and confidence of these participants.


  • 250 pages,
  • 7" x 10" paperback,
  • many illustrations,
  • Published by McGraw-Hill.

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