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The Barefoot Navigator

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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Explains highly practical ancient navigation techniques which can be used by today's navigators - even in survival situationsPractical technology-free navigation techniques based on observations of sun, sea, wind and starsNo other book covers the history and techniques of ancient and traditional navigation in this wayA unique and fascinating analysis of navigation skills proven by timeWill fascinate sailors and landlubbers alike

About the Author

Jack Lagan has been sailing since the 1960s on everything from 14ftdinghies to 30m Baltic Traders around the world. When notliving-aboard, fitting navigation systems and helping with yachtdeliveries, he is a writer and documentary film-maker.


'This is a most refreshing book about navigation. Forget for a moment GPS and stand on deck using just your own senses.' Gaffers Log (September 2006) 'A refreshingly different book which not only encourages seafarers to develop greater skills and knowledge of the world around them for the satisfaction this imparts, but reduces their dependency on technological gadgetry. Learning the navigation skills of our ancestors may not only be for interest, it could even save your life. The 'Barefoot Navigator' is highly recommended.' New Milton Advertiser (September 2006) 'Fascinating reading for long passages.' Yachting Monthly (August 2006) 'This differs from every other navigation book and contains important principles overlooked by the official yachting navigation texts.' Canoeist (November 2006) 'A fascinating read, presented in a clear format which is almost guaranteed to make the reader want to "give it a go" when next at sea, or to at least do more star gazing.' World Cruising Club Magazine (Autumn/Winter 2006)

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