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Navigation Through the Ages

Compass through the ocean of time

Boaters can turn on their GPS these days and find out exactly where they are.

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But remember the days before GPS? In “Navigation Through the Ages” ($23.95, Sheridan House, Inc., 2009) author Donald Launer explores the art and science of navigation through the ages. He spans the timeline from the Polynesians to the Vikings who found their way from Scandinavia to England, Iceland, Greenland and beyond. A number of photographs and illustrations are included to help readers grasp the concepts of the various historic tools.

Launer was a field editor for the annual Waterway Guide and is a contributing editor for Good Old Boat magazine. He has held a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license for more than 25 years and is the author of “A Cruising Guide to New Jersey Waters,” “Dictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations,” and “Lessons from My Good Old Boat.” When not writing furiously, Launer can be found on his schooner Delphinus, which he built from a bare fiberglass shell. Delphinus resides on Barnegat Bay.

Thjis article originally appeared in the Home Waters Sections of the November 2009 issue.


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