Books & Other References
Just some misc books I've read or skimmed.
Sea Kayaking Reference
by John Dowd, forward by Freya Hoffmeister
Still regarded as “the bible” for both new and experienced kayakers after more than thirty years in print, Sea Kayaking covers the basics of equipment and technique, including types of paddles and strokes, as well as such essential skills as how to read the weather and the water, how to navigate with and without GPS and how to travel with a group. Drawing on his many years of experience paddling in all climates, John Dowd presents practical advice on dealing with potential hazards (from surf to sea ice to sharks), carrying out rescues and planning for long-distance expeditions.
New for this edition are hints about digital technologies for planning and navigating while kayak touring as well as lots of tips for outfitting boats, adapting equipment and finessing fishing technique while kayak angling—whether casting and jigging for fun on a day trip or trolling for dinner on a longer expedition. Also fully updated are the sections on managing risk and the inspiring stories of adventure, including Freya Hoffmeister’s record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia and Japanese paddlers’ increasingly challenging trips around the islands and beyond.
As a sport, sea kayaking continues to evolve. Once the sport of a very few long-distance paddlers embarking on international expeditions, then the recreational pursuit of many weekend tourers, sea kayaking is now popular with many day trippers as well. As more and more paddlers take to the water—for the day, the weekend or many months, this classic guide continues to be required reading for those seeking adventure on the open ocean.
Sea Kayaking Safety and Rescue Reference
by John Lull
The most comprehensive manual on how to kayak safely in a wide variety of sea environments--from inland waterways to ocean rock gardens, tide rips, surf zones, and the open ocean.
by Kent Ford
Kent Ford, a kayaking instructor and 2-time world-champion paddler, aims to give readers a solid foundation on which to build their kayaking skills. The book covers all the basics beginners need to get started, including information on determining kayaking preference, choosing proper equipment and clothing, 7 fundamental kayaking strokes and getting in shape for kayaking. The book features clear and accurate instruction and full-colour photographs and instructions throughout for demonstrating proper technique. The book also provides detailed information on how to kayak correctly and safely. Readers interested in whitewater kayaking will learn how to handle rocks, eddies, waves and holes; how to perform whitewater manoeuvers; and how to avoid or deal with river hazards. For those who want to try sea kayaking, the book explains how to recover from a capsize, how to deal with the wind and weather, how to use the tides and current, and how to plan an easy day trip. Readers can also read about 64 of the best kayaking destinations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, England and Scotland, continental Europe and Australia, plus 9 of the author's favourite rivers.
Basic Illustrated Sea Kayaking Reference
by Roger Schumann
This exciting and demanding sport is much different than its flat-water sibling, with different equipment and techniques, all of which are covered in Basic Illustrated Sea Kayaking. Full-color images cover the many sea kayak models and accessories, as well as important information on tides and currents, packing and loading tips for comfort and safety, and a glossary chock-full of helpful terminology. You'll discover how to perfect your paddle stroke, perform self rescues and assisted rescues, paddle and navigate safely, pack your sea kayak for an expedition, and get your kayak on and off your vehicle.
The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook Reference
by Shelley Johnson
The first edition of The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook received immediate acclaim with its selection as the Best Outdoor Instructional Book by the National Outdoor Book Award group. Now this book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth of kayaking as a sport. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water.
New photos throughout showing new boats, equipment, stretching, and repair techniques
A new section on used boats and how to shop for them
Expanded sections on: boat materials section to include the newer laminates; buying a new kayak; use of GPS for navigation; family paddling; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff to include more retrofit and repair information on a wider range of boat and paddle material
Improvements in materials and more data on hypothermia;
Changes in safety technique descriptions reflecting the new equipment on the market
information on stretching, proper posture in a kayak, and easy modifications to kayak seats for more comfortable paddling
Topics include: Getting Ready; Kayaks; Accessories and Clothing; Getting to Know Your Kayak; Controlling Your Kayak; Getting Into and Out of the Water; Real Life Paddling; Finding Your Way: Kayak Navigation; Trip Logistics; Group safety; Kayak Camping; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff
Sea Kayaking Reference
by Dan Henderson
As a longtime paddling professional and National Team coach, author Dan Henderson draws from a lifetime of personal experience, teaching, and his academic research in exercise science to instruct readers on everything they need to know to get out on the water.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking Reference
by Dennis Stuhaug, Canoe and Kayak Magazine
Don't get caught without a paddle... Filled with nearly 100 photos and illustrations, this must-have guide-written by the foremost paddlesports experts-gives the aspiring canoe or kayak adventurer everything he or she needs to know before taking the plunge. Inside, discover how to choose between buying a canoe or a kayak, understand paddling techniques and strokes, and find out how to plan a trip and choose an outfitter or guide.
The Kayak Companion Reference
by Joe Glickman
Get paddling! Joe Glickman, a two-time member of the US National Marathon Kayak Team, fills this kayaking primer with expert advice and plenty of encouragement. Beginners will benefit from Glickman’s clear descriptions of the basic techniques of sea, touring, and recreational kayaking, while experienced kayakers will find insightful tips on navigation, troubleshooting, and boat assessment. Enlivened by delightful stories of Glickman’s personal kayaking adventures, this fun and informative guide will inspire kayakers of all types to get out on the water and enjoy the ride.
On polar tides Reference
by Nigel Foster
Documents two of Nigel Fosters trips around Canada’s Baffin Island
Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die Guide
by Chris Santella
In Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die, the newest addition to the Fifty Places series, Chris Santella explores the best destinations for the diverse sport of paddling. The book features the world’s top spots for kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Destinations include the Grand Canyon, Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Baja California, Indonesia’s Komodo Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula, as recommended by paddling experts. Compelling travelogues are complemented by beautiful and vibrant photographs of the locations and travel tips to help readers experience the destinations for themselves.
Adventure Kayaking Guide
by Don Skillman
Paddle the premier inland waters of the Western States, where the scenery ranges from the fjord-like Ross Lake, nestled in the shadow of Washington State's Cascade Range, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. Expert kayaker Don Skillman describes a range of varied trips to satisfy every type of kayaker.
Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway Guide
by Holly Genzen, Anne McCrary Sullivan
For anyone who has ever dreamed of truly experiencing America's unique Everglades National Park, there is only one way: by canoe or kayak. And Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway is the all-in-one guide for safe adventure on this spectacular 99-mile route. No time for such days-long expeditions? No matter. Authors Holly Genzen and Anne McCrary Sullivan entice with their favorite day- and overnight trips from various Everglades departure points. Having spent years exploring this maritime labyrinth, the authors now share their intimate knowledge of historic Everglades rivers and bays, the endless horizon of its Gulf Coast, the eerie beauty of its mangrove forests, and the secrets of ancient tribes and early-American pioneers who left their distinctive traces. Descriptions of wildlife abound (the birds! the alligators!), as do the details of exquisite flora that flourishes here. But Genzen and Sullivan do not skimp on practicalities nor on threats to this environment. Safety, weather, insects, food, fresh water, and camping on rustic "chickee" platforms stilted above the rivers all earn many pages here. As does what lies in store for the timeless but fragile Everglades ecology.
Canoeing and Kayaking Florida Guide
by Johnny Molloy, Elizabeth F. Carter, John Pearce, Lou Glaros, Doug Sphar
Canoeing & Kayaking Florida, 2nd Edition, is the most comprehensive guide to the best of Florida’s unique streams, springs, creeks, and rivers. Engaging and concise, this all-encompassing guide spares readers encyclopedic fluff in favor of practical information, and includes expanded regional maps and revised river maps.
A newer edition is available.
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast, 2nd edition Guide
by Peter McGee, with forward by John Dowd
This newly updated and expanded guidebook contains everything readers need to know to plan a short or long paddling trip. It features detailed information on more than 30 kayak routes and covers the skill levels required, trip duration, hazards, and which charts and tide tables to purchase. Eighteen regions from Oregon to British Columbia, including sections on the historic Lower Columbia River and rugged Queen Charlotte Strait are explored. Also provides invaluable information about weather, currents, ferry and air travel, equipment rentals, tours, and more.
Murray River Guide (3rd Ed) Guide
by Ro Privett
How to Kayak the whole Murray River - Source to Sea
Adventure Kayaking Guide
by Robert Mohle
A guide to 52 trips that have been selected by the author as the area's best kayaking spots. Choose from a wide variety of adventures, from day-long paddling expeditions along the spectacular Big Sur coast, to scenic tours of San Diego's historic harbor. Also journey out to the unique Channel Islands to explore mysterious sea caves or venture inland to catch a glimpse of the fascinating wildlife at some of the lakes and rivers of Southern California.
Paddling America Guide
by Susan Elliott, Adam Elliott
The nation’s rivers connect mountains to sea, communities to natural places, and people to wildlife. America’s Wild & Scenic River system recognizes these values. Paddling America provides descriptions for paddling and exploring 50 Wild and Scenic Rivers across the country. Woven throughout the river descriptions will be small anecdotal sidebars touching on the history of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, the adventurers themselves, and tips for paddling. Each chapter will contain one map, specifications in accordance with paddling guidelines including GPS coordinates, put-in/takeout information, an overview of the paddle, miles and directions, full-color photos, and sidebars.
The Canoe Boys Historical
by Alastair Dunnett, introduction by Ninian Dunnett
'It's too late in the year!' they were advised, but they still did it. By canoe from Bowling to Kyle of Lochalsh with numerous stops along the way, Alastair Dunnett and Seamas Adam spent a heady Autumn in the 1934 meandering up the glorious West Coast of Scotland. On their way they sent reports back to the Daily Record informing the readers of their progress and the people they met along the way. Their account makes fascinating reading as they were hailed by onlookers and bystanders wherever they went as 'The Canoe Boys'. Escapades as varied as running the infamous tide-rush of the Dorus Mhor to a balmy harvest working on Calve Island off Mull, quenching their thirst with a mug of drammach (oats and water) are related in superb, lyrical style by Dunnett. This is an adventure story of youthful exuberance and of how life once was lived before the war changed everything for ever. Fully illustrated with archival material and contemporary press cuttings, this cult travelogue will find a new market among the growing number of adventure kayakers taking to Scotland's coastal waters.
Crossing the Ditch Travelogue
by James Castrission
With more than two thousand kilometres of treacherous seas and dangerously unpredictable weather and currents, it was little wonder no-one had ever successfully crossed the tasman by kayak. Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley had come close just months earlier - tragically, though, not near enough to save his life. But two young Sydneysiders, James Castrission and Justin Jones, reached the sand at New Plymouth - and a place in history - on 13 January 2008, 62 days after they'd set off from Forster on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. In the process, they had to face dwindling food supplies, a string of technical problems, 14 days trapped in a whirlpool, and two terrifying close encounters with sharks. When they arrived in New Zealand, their friendship stronger than ever, they were sunburnt, bearded, physically and mentally wasted ... and, most of all, happy to be alive.
by Joe Glickman, Freya Hoffmeister
Fearless is the story of a remarkable individual who accepts no personal limits—including fear. Freya Hoffmeister, a forty-six-year-old former skydiver, gymnast, marksman, and Miss Germany contestant, left her twelve-year-old son behind to paddle alone and unsupported around Australia. A year-long adventure that virtually every expert guaranteed would get her killed. She planned not only to survive the 9,420-mile trip through huge, shark-infested seas, but to do it faster than the only other paddler who did it.
Encounters from a Kayak Travelogue
by Nigel Foster
What makes travel special? Perhaps the chill realization that a polar bear's eyes are fixed on you. Maybe it is the chance meeting with a man who buries sharks in a beach, only to dig them up months later, not out of morbid curiosity, but for food. Perhaps it is the undulating wing-beat of a dark shell-less gastropod in the canal of a 17th Century French sea port, or the criminal history of a rusting ship with a tree growing from its hold. Encounters in a Kayak brings the reader along on the magical experiences that surround sea kayaking. It’s about the animals, people, and special places around the globe that have grabbed the attention of renowned kayaker and writer Nigel Foster. His irrepressible curiosity drives him to tease out the unexpected stories hidden behind his subjects. These nuggets from around the world are bound together by water and a centuries-old form of sea travel: kayak. The result is a book of broad appeal for those interested in kayaking, traveling, and adventure.
The Dreamtime Voyage Travelogue
by Paul Caffyn
Around Australia Kayak Odyssey
On Island Time Travelogue
by Scott B. Williams
Tourists visit popular islands of the Caribbean by the planeload. What they don't see from their resort hotels are the hundreds of out-of-the-way, uninhabited islands sprinkled along the West Indies from Florida to South America. This alluring archipelago, strung with beaches accessible only by boat but spaced temptingly close together, led Mississippi adventurer Scott B. Williams to embark upon an open-ended quest to see how far south he could go in a seventeen-foot sea kayak.
No one was willing to accompany him. He spent months working his way down the west coast of Florida, through the Bahamas, and on to Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, his narrative of this journey of a lifetime, describes the wonders of discovery as he makes landfall on pristine cays. Relentless headwinds, dangerous surf, countless beaches declared off-limits to trespassing, and aggressive sharks that ram his kayak and snap him out of his musing remind the adventurer that this paradise is far from perfect. Every day of the journey required constant vigilance.
With no one to depend on and often no one even knowing where he was for weeks at a time, Williams learned what it means to be self-reliant and to adjust to "island time." With just a simple craft and the few belongings that would fit in it, Williams explores an almost boundless frontier and a powerful natural stretch of the Caribbean rarely, if ever, accessed by the island tourist.
by Scott Donaldson
The story of Scott Donaldson's relentless journey to be the first person to cross the Tasman sea solo in a kayak
Unpredictable and unforgiving, the Tasman Sea is one of the most hostile stretches of water in the world. An Australian adventurer attempted to kayak across in 2007, disappearing without a trace. In 2018 Kiwi adventurer Scott Donaldson spent two months alone at sea to achieve a world first. It was his third attempt, having fallen a heartbreaking 80 kilometres short in 2014.
Donaldson's world first is an inspirational story of dogged perseverance, true Kiwi grit and relentless endurance.
by Vicki McAuley
On January 11, 2007, Andrew McCauley set off from Tasmania in a sea kayak, aiming to be the first person to paddle the 1,600 km to New Zealand. It was to be the culmination of a lifetime of expeditions that had seen him awarded the coveted Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year and establish himself as one of the world's most respected and admired adventurers. A month later, New Zealand authorities received a garbled distress call from him. His kayak was spotted drifting and waterlogged just 80 kilometres from the New Zealand coast. His body was never found. Vicki McAuley, Andrew's wife, has written this book about her husband and his final voyage. Using Andrew's journals, his video log and Vicki's personal experience, the journey is brought vividly to life.
Canoe and Kayak Building the Light and Easy Way Reference
by Sam Rizzetta
The first quick-and-easy composite construction method for canoes and kayaks
This book is certain to appeal to any paddler with a DIY bent. Master craftsman Sam Rizzetta presents three attractive innovations: a new building method that makes Kevlar and carbon-fiber boats cheap and feasible for home builders; an ergonomically designed canoe that makes paddling easier and more comfortable; and a foam-flotation installation method that makes canoes and kayaks safe and unsinkable.
Murray-Darling Journeys Historical
by Angela Bremers and Mike Bremers
"Two hundred years of significant rowing and paddling journeys on the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin: 1817 to 2016"
The river Historical
by Chris Hammer
Conducting a journey through Australia’s heartland, this narrative follows the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin, recounting the author’s experiences, impressions, and, above all, stories of the people he encountered along the way. Punctuated with laughter, sadness, and reflection, this journey looks past the daily news reports to reveal the true impact the drying rivers have on the people who live along their shores and on the country as a whole.
Vivid in its portrayal, this tale leaves a lingering sense of nostalgia for an Australia that may be fading away forever.
Murray River Country Historical
by Jessica K Weir
Discussing the water crisis from a unique perspective, this volume presents the intimate stories of love and loss felt by the Aboriginal people of Australia whose traditional country incorporates the inland rivers.
A fresh perspective on the contemporary debate over the scarce and degraded waters of the MurrayDarling Basin, this account argues there is a need to change the existing fundamental philosophies about water and that river health greatly influences Australia’s economy.
By engaging with the MurrayDarling Basin, Australia’s agricultural heartland, this record covers various topics, such as environmental science, water management, indigenous land management, anthropology, and politics. This book will interest policy makers, academics, and the general public.
Eastern Arctic Kayaks Historical
by John Heath
Eastern Arctic Kayaks is the product of years of kayak study by two of the world’s experts. Combining analyses of form and function with historical background and illustrations of kayaking techniques, this volume is a storehouse of information for recreational kayakers and scholarly readers alike.Drawing from his vast practical experience and extensive study of museum specimens, John D. Heath offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution and construction of Greenland kayaks supplemented with an illustrated series of rolling and sculling techniques. E. Arima examines kayaks of the eastern Canadian Arctic, covering woodworking tools, construction techniques, and the treatment of skins for the kayak cover.Core chapters on Greenland and eastern Canada are accompanied by essential articles by Greg Stamer on the use of the Greenland paddle and two studies of kayaks in European museums by Harvey Golden and Hugh Collings. A valuable excerpt from John Brand's Little Kayak Book series makes this British publication available to American readers for the first time.Lavishly illustrated with drawings and historic photographs, Eastern Arctic Kayaks is a landmark study in the history of watercraft--an essential resource for recreational kayakers and maritime historians and for anyone interested in northern Native material culture.
Australia’s Great River Landscape Historical
by Shane Strudwick
Enjoy a Diverse and Unique Visual Journey Through Australia's Great, Iconic Murray River and Mallee Landscape.
Slow River Historical
by Steve Strevens
Steve Strevens explores Australia's great waterways - the Murray - from its source in Victoria's high country to its mouth in the Great Southern Ocean. He tells the story of the people and communities who have lived along its banks and how the river has changed since European settlement.
Bushcraft First Aid Reference
by Dave Canterbury, Jason A. Hunt
From wilderness expert Dave Canterbury and outdoor survival instructor Jason Hunt comes the next installment in the New York Times bestselling Bushcraft series—a go-to first aid resource for anyone headed into the woods.
Out in the woods or on top of a mountain, there’s no calling 9-1-1. Bushcraft First Aid teaches you how to be your own first responder. The authors’ years of experience and training will help hikers and backpackers deal with a variety of emergency situations, from cuts and burns to broken bones and head injuries. You’ll also learn what to pack and how to make bandages, dressings, and slings at a moment’s notice. As bushcraft experts, Canterbury and Hunt explain how to use plants as medicine to treat various conditions. Bushcraft First Aid provides the lifesaving information you need to keep yourself and your fellow hikers safe on the trail.
The Survival Medicine Handbook Reference
by Joseph Alton, Amy Alton
The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book. It assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. This book will give you the tools to handle injuries and illness for when YOU might be the end of the line with regards to your family's medical well-being. In situations where medical personnel are overwhelmed and access to modern technology is limited or non-existent, The Survival Medicine Handbook(tm) is the essential reference book for every library. You'll find easy-to-read instructions on how to identify and treat over 100 different medical issues. The second edition also covers natural remedies for almost every possible medical condition in situations where modern healthcare is inaccessible.
by Adam Adamides
Know the right knot for every situation! Whether you’re tethering a canoe, hitching a horse, trying your hand at rock climbing, or just want to pick up a new skill, this conveniently-sized illustrated guide has everything you need to get started. Learn knots from the Monkey Fist to the Hunter’s Bend as Andrew Adamides uses clear text and over 200 detailed illustrations to teach a complete arsenal of rope-tying techniques. This book makes knot-tying simple with:
Easy step-by-step instructions
Overviews of knots’ histories
Lists of the benefits and uses of each knot
A full glossary of terms to know
A fantastic reference for scouts and leaders, emergency preppers, or anyone looking to build on the basics or expand their expertise, this book is the perfect volume to round out your outdoor education.
The Field Guide to Knots Reference
by Bob Holtzman
A Fasten-ating Guide to Knots for Every Adventure!
The perfect knot can make any job quicker, easier, and safer—whether you need to build a shelter, tether a horse, rappel down a cliff, or moor a boat. In The Field Guide to Knots, veteran outdoorsman Bob Holtzman helps you:
Select and tie the right knot for any task
Identify and untie existing knots
Choose and maintain your rope, and more!
With more than 80 time-tested knots and more than 600 color photos, this Field Guide is indispensable for backpackers, climbers, sailors, anglers, hunters, equestrians—and anyone else who's ever needed to change a sail, reposition a climbing rope, or splice a tent pole!
The Knot Bible Reference
by Nic Compton
The complete and definitive bible of knots for seafarers.
Featuring all the knots, hitches, bends, splices, whipping and decorative knotwork that you would find on a boat, this comprehensive bible of knots will help those who go to sea master every knot they will need.
Over 200 knots are scored for strength, reliability, ease of tying (and untying) and usefulness. Step by step photographs show how to tie each knot, and demonstrate how they can be used, such as in the rigging or for tying boats up. Interesting knot know-how sections give extra information about the knot's history, plus helpful tips and techniques, including choosing the right rope for the right task and using the right knot.
With a beautiful modern design, and highly illustrated with full colour photographs and instructive diagrams throughout, The Knot Bible remains accessible to all sailors of all levels of experience whilst still being the king of knot books.
Be Expert with Map and Compass Reference
by Bjorn Kjellstrom, Carina Kjellstrom Elgin
The classic map and compass navigation guide-revised for the age of GPS
GPS devices are great, but they can break, get lost, or easily be hampered by weather conditions, making basic map and compass skills essential for anyone who spends time outdoors. This popular, easy-to-use orienteering handbook has been helping people find their way for more than fifty years. Now updated to include information on GPS as well as current Web sites, references, sources, and photographs, it remains the book of choice for professional outdoorsmen, novice orienteers, and outdoor organizations as well as teachers, scout leaders, recreational hikers, hunters, and others around the world..
Using a map and compass Reference
by Cliff Jacobson, Lon Levin
Wilderness guide Cliff Jacobson created the map and compass curriculum for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and here he shows easy-to-follow steps on choosing a compass, reading contour lines and other map features, using them in concert with a GPS receiver, plotting a course in the wilderness, navigating at night by the stars, and much more.
The Essential Wilderness Navigator, 2nd Ed Reference
by David Seidman, Paul Cleveland
Now with full-color topographic maps and featuring the latest on electronic navigation, The Essential Wilderness Navigator is the clearest and most up-to-date route-finding primer available. Providing readers with exercises for developing a directional ‘sixth sense,’ tips on mastering the art of map- and compass-reading, and comprehensive updates on a range of technological advances, this perennially popular guide is more indispensable than ever.
Using a map and compass Reference
by Don Geary
Choosing and operating a compass, interpreting maps, navigating in the wild, and handling outdoor emergencies.
Celestial Navigation in the GPS Age Reference
by John Karl
Many books on celestial navigation take shortcuts in explaining concepts; incorrect diagrams and discussion are often used for the sake of moving the student along quickly. This book tells the true story-and the whole story. It conveys celestial navigation concepts clearly and in the shortest possible time.It's tailored for navigation in the GPS age-a time of computers, calculators, and web resources. Although it covers all of the traditional methods of "working a sight," the primary thrust is using the (under $10) scientific calculator. By using equations that you key into your calculator, this book guides you toward a better understanding of the concepts of celestial navigation.You will learn novel ways to plot lines of position, ways to check your sextant accurately by star sights, and how to tell what time it is from a moon sight. The many appendices are a treasure of references and explanations of abstract ideas. Celestial Navigation is a crucial skill for the offshore navigator to know, this book provides the shortest path to that knowledge.
Practical Navigation for the Modern Boat Owner Reference
by Pat Manley
The methods of navigation used by the modern boat owner have changed quite rapidly from the traditional methods still currently taught. This doesn’t make the old methods wrong; it just means that the emphasis has changed. With GPS used in many cars, the level of computer skills of the general public being high, and the so-called paperless office, the modern boat owner desires a different approach to navigation.‘Practical Navigation for the Modern Boat Owner’ will lead you through all aspects of navigation of your boat in a logical order. The pencil and paper chart part of the subject is not introduced until it’s demonstrated that some knowledge of traditional navigation is necessary. This practical approach to the subject will ensure that although the modern electronic methods of navigation remain at the forefront, the reader will never be lacking in sufficient knowledge to navigate his/her boat safely in any circumstance.
Celestial Navigation Reference
by Tom Cunliffe
Celestial navigation is one of the oldest of the mariner’s arts – and one of the most awe-inspiring. It is also essential for every ocean sailor who wants to be able to fix his position should the GPS fail. Tom Cunliffe shows you how to master the art in easy stages. Within a few pages you’ll be taking your first sight. From there it is a short step to plotting your position, wherever you may be on the world’s oceans. Whether you need to pass an exam, want a back-up to GPS positioning or simply choose to delight in the wonder of the cosmos, this is the perfect guide. With photographs, charts and diagrams to help your learning, you will be able to master the sextant and navigate using the sun, moon, planets and stars.
Prepper's survival navigation Reference
by Walter Glen Martin
When disaster strikes and your GPS is useless, ancient navigation techniques will ensure your survival. With this book, you can easily travel through even the farthest, remotest places. Utilizing tips from US Army manuals and lifelong wilderness experts, you’ll learn lifesaving navigation techniques.
Misc Nautical Books
Some other books that cover various other aspects of life on the water.
The Art of Seamanship Reference
by Ralph Naranjo
Helps you learn: the attributes of a good skipper and crew - including physical and mental agility, effective communication, and knowledge-based decision making; fine-tuning your voyaging with the seaworthiness of your boat and the capability of your crew in mind; using weather information and routing resources to lower risks and raise rewards.
Flora and Fauna
The Butterflies of Australia Reference
by Albert Orr, Roger Kitching
A complete guide to Australian butterflies, beautifully illustrated in typical habitats as we see them in everyday life, accompanied by their earlier life stages.
Finding Australian Birds Reference
by CSIRO PUBLISHING
Finding Australian Birds is a guide to the special birds found across Australia's vastly varied landscapes. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other.
Birds of Australia Reference
by Iain Campbell (Author), Sam Woods (Author), Nick Leseberg (Author), Geoff Jones (Photographer)
Australia is home to a spectacular diversity of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and vibrant passerines. Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants and features more than 1,100 stunning colour photographs, including many photos of subspecies and plumage variations never before seen in a field guide.
Australian bird names Reference
by Ian Fraser, Jeannie Gray
Australian Bird Names is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds, words, or the history of Australian biology and bird-watching. It discusses common and scientific names of every Australian bird, to tease out the meanings, which may be useful, useless or downright misleading!
Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names Reference
by James A. Jobling
Many scientific bird names describe a bird's habits, habitat, distribution or a plumage feature, while others are named after their discoverers or in honour of prominent ornithologists. This extraordinary work of reference lists the generic and specific name for almost every species of bird in the world and gives its meaning and derivation.
Mammals of Australia Reference
by James R. Turner, James R. Turner, Trevor J. Hawkeswood
This book introduces the species of Australian mammals. It includes a painting of each species, along with a distribution map. This book includes about 320 species of Australian mammals currently recognised in 2003.
Encyclopedia of Birds Reference
by Laurie E. Likoff
Introductory look at many bird species of the world aimed at younger audiences.
The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia Reference
by Michael F Braby
This is the first complete field guide to all butterfly species on Australia’s mainland and its remote islands.
The 2nd edition was published in 2016
Australia’s Dangerous Snakes Reference
by Peter Mirtschin
Australia’s venomous snakes are widely viewed as the world’s most deadly and are regarded with cautious curiosity, fascination, and regrettably, fear. Australia’s Dangerous Snakes examines the biology, natural history, venom properties, and bite treatment of medically-important, venomous marine and terrestrial snakes. It contains comprehensive identification profiles for each species, supported by keys and photographs. In addition to their medical importance, the environmental roles of these snakes and the threats that are causing the decline of many of these reptiles are discussed. Drawing on the authors’ experience in the fields of herpetology, toxinology, and clinical medicine, this book stimulates respect and admiration and dispels fear of Australia’s fascinating snakes.
Australia’s Dangerous Snakes will provide hours of rewarding reading and valuable information for anyone interested in Australia’s unique wildlife and natural history, and it will be an essential reference for herpetologists, toxinologists, physicians, zoo personnel, and private snake collectors.
The food of Australian birds Reference
by R.D. Barker, W.J.M. Vestjens
This book lists the stomach contents of Australian non-passerine birds collected by the CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology from 1963 to 1980.
The Food of Australian Birds Reference
by RD Barker, WJM Vestjens
This book lists the stomach contents of Australian songbirds collected by the CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology from 1963 to 1980.
Complete Book of Australian Birds Reference
by Reader's Digest
This book describes the 672 species of birds that breed in or regularly visit Australia. All but 9 of these birds are illustrated with detailed colour photographs of living birds.
Plant names Reference
by Roger Spencer, Robert Cross, Peter Lumley
Plant Names is a plain English guide to the use of plant names and the conventions for writing them as governed by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. It covers the naming of wild plants, plants modified by humans, why plant names change, their pronunciation and hints to help remember them.
Camping and Survival Guides
Something to play around with, maybe these will be needed one day!
The Backpacker's Field Manual Reference
by Rick Curtis
When it was first published in 1998, The Backpacker's Field Manual set the standard for comprehensive backpacking books. Now exhaustively updated to offer a more complete view of backpacking today (2005), it covers the latest developments in gear—such as Global Positioning Systems and ultralight hiking equipment—first aid, and Leave No Trace camping, and includes a chapter devoted to outdoor leadership resources and basics. Beginners and experienced hikers alike will find this book indispensable for trip planning strategies.
Advanced Bushcraft Reference
by Dave Canterbury
In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He covers crucial survival skills like tracking to help you get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He also offers ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, you will learn how to forgo your equipment, make use of your surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness.
Whether you're eager to learn more after your first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help you take your self-reliance and wilderness experience to the next level.
Bushcraft 101 Reference
by Dave Canterbury
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:
Choosing the right items for your kit.
Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
Collecting and cooking food.
Protecting yourself from the elements.
With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.
The Bushcraft Field Guide Reference
by Dave Canterbury
What to eat, where to find it, and how to cook it!
Renowned outdoors expert and New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury provides you with all you need to know about packing, trapping, and preparing food for your treks and wilderness travels. Whether you're headed out for a day hike or a weeklong expedition, you'll find everything you need to survive--and eat well--out in the wild.
Canterbury makes certain you're set by not only teaching you how to hunt and gather, but also giving you recipes to make while on the trail. Complete with illustrations to accompany his instructions and a full-color photo guide of plants to forage and those to avoid, this is the go-to reference to keep in your pack.
The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild helps you achieve the full outdoor experience. With it, you'll be prepared to set off on your trip and enjoy living off the land.
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition Reference
by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster
by Richard Graves
Many have died in the Australian bush who might have lived had they known the appropriate survival skills. Bushcraft covers all areas of survival and camping activities: making ropes and cords, building huts, camp craft, finding food and water, making maps, starting fires, tying knots, and fashioning hunting and trapping gear virtually every technique required to stay alive in the woods. With over 400 black-and-white illustrations and photographs, this book explains how to make use of natural materials found locally in any area, conserving instead of destroying native Flora and fauna. It describes many of the skills used by primitive man, adding to these the skills necessary for modern man's survival, such as methods for determining time and direction.
By developing adaptability and honing the five senses, it will also improve your self-esteem and your ability to overcome difficulties in everyday tasks.
Bushcraft is a clear, accurate, and reliable resource for anyone who wishes to face nature on its own terms with just a knife and this book.