A SMALL BOAT NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Allan C. Bernstein

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: A SERIOUS NEED exists for a smallboat navigation system of moderate cost to assist the small boat skipper under conditions of sudden fog or low visibility. The proposed system is for use in the navigational streams and coastal waters of the fifty stat’es, and is not intended for use at any considerable distance offshore. Navigational aids for these waters are principally lighthouses, illuminated buoys, fog horns, and bell-buoys identified by painted numbers. These are supplemented by a low frequency transmission system from lighthouses on a timeshared basis, which can be picked up by direction finding equipment. In addition, many larger vessels are equipped with radar. Cost generally prices these systems beyond the reach of the small boat skipper, who is thus stranded with no way to navigate in a sudden fog. This results in a great many distress calls to the Coast Guard whenever a fog comes up, and occasionally leads to tragic accidents.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 14, Number 3
Pages: 249 - 250
Cite this article: Bernstein, Allan C., "A SMALL BOAT NAVIGATION SYSTEM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall 1967, pp. 249-250.
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