New Resources: Track Ships Online and Bowditch's Practical Navigator Book is Now Online

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
World Ship MapGot back from a week and a bit of vacation the other day and still trying to get a few things sorted out. The pile of emails is still rather large...ugh.

Over the past couple of days, I found a couple of really cool resources that I thought I would share with you.

Sailwx is a really simple online tracking system for Ocean Liners, Cruise Ships, Research Vessels and Tall ships.

Presented in almost real time, you can zoom in on any ocean map and you are presented with the ships location including a link to the Universal Licensing System website which can give you a huge amount of information on that ship including it size, owner, purpose, number of crew, etc.

Along with the ships last tracked location, it will give you the latest weather information that the ship's systems recorded including wind direction, water temp, wave height and barometer.

You can also track the ships past movements plotted on the map over the past calendar year.

Though not very practical to small boaters, it's a pretty cool tool non-the-less.

Also, I recently discovered that a complete version Bowditch's American Practical Navigator is now online for free in pdf format.

The book is over 500 pages long and covers topics including: Nautical Charts, Piloting, Magnetic Compasses, Tides and Tidal Currents, Radar Navigation, Ocean Currents, Waves, Ice, and Weather Reading.

It's an absolutely fantastic resource.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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