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    Re: Wind & Current Navigation
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2003 Apr 27, 12:12 -0300

    Coming to this a bit late, as I juggle paperwork and preparing my little
    boat for launching:
    Last Tuesday, George Istok wrote:
    > I have always thought that navigation and piloting were separate concepts.
    This is one of the classic cases of two (or more) nations being divided
    by a common language. Having been raised on English nautical terminology
    and now re-trained on the Canadian interpretation of U.S. nautical
    language, I'll try to explain to both sides:
    What English mariners know as "piloting" is called "conning" on this
    side of The Pond -- both refer to the process of guiding a vessel around
    without formal plotting of positions, courses and so forth on a chart.
    American "piloting", at least in the recreational community, is
    broad-ranging, encompassing much of what both versions of English would
    regard as "seamanship", but "piloting" certainly includes and arguably
    is centred on "plotting" and the collection of data to plot on the
    chart, which together would be called "coastal navigation" in the Old
    I think the two forms of terminology draw closer once they move to the
    third level: What was "astro navigation" in England when I was much
    younger is "celestial navigation" in American technical English today.
    Trevor Kenchington
    Trevor J. Kenchington PhD                         Gadus@iStar.ca
    Gadus Associates,                                 Office(902) 889-9250
    R.R.#1, Musquodoboit Harbour,                     Fax   (902) 889-9251
    Nova Scotia  B0J 2L0, CANADA                      Home  (902) 889-3555
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