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9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed

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There’s no shortage of good fishing spots in Brisbane and the mild Brisbane weather makes fishing a good option all year round. Try as many locations as it takes to find your hot fishing spot in Brisbane then keep it a secret!

You could even start with a few of these fishing hotspots this weekend!

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Angling for a Big Fishing Season

Angling for a Big Fishing Season

Fishing can be enjoyed by anyone aged five to 105 so if you have a love of the water and a healthy dose of patience, fishing might be your thing.

The Chart & Map Shop stocks a huge range of fishing books, guides and charts to help in your pursuit of landing the big one.

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Offshore & Coastal Navigation with Digital QuickCharts

Offshore & Coastal Navigation with Digital QuickCharts

When you’re as girt by sea as this brown land, access to accurate offshore charts is pretty important. This big island of ours has no less than 570 charts covering the coastal waters, off-lying reefs and small islands. But if you are circumnavigating the continent, you don’t want to deal with that many different charts. The people at Memory Map have put together a DVD that compiles them all in one easy to use place.

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Know your Knots

Know your Knots

Whether you’re a boater, boy scout or budding climber it pays to know your knots. You never know when you will need to call on your knowledge of knots to get you out of a bind. Knots are not only good to know but they’re also great fun to learn. Knot tying can be an art, craft, science and philosophy all rolled into one.

If you’re a knot novice, read on for basic tips about the different types of knots and their uses.

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Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

Pilot Charts for the Great Oceans of the World

Navigators rely on their pilot charts to plan the safest and fastest route after careful consideration of the weather and ocean conditions. Long distance cruisers, boats and ships rely on their pilot charts above all else.

Pilot charts depict the prevailing weather patterns including wind directions and speeds, wave heights, ocean currents, visibility, barometric pressures, sea surface temperatures, and ice limits for each month of the year.

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An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

An Up to Date Nautical Chart Won’t Let you Down

“The prudent mariner will not rely solely on any single aid to navigation.”

The adage is printed on charts and listed on electronic device software for a reason. Putting all your faith in electronic devices when you’re at sea can be perilous. Accidents at sea have been blamed on outdated software, un-calibrated or non-functioning NAV equipment. Sailors and navigators the world over know that a failure of their device could mean disaster for their ship and crew. By all means, use electronic devices but always have an updated paper chart with you, the lives of your crew may depend upon it.

Nautical charts are vital navigational tools. The charts provide clear, concise information about ocean depths and coastal features and display accurate information about lights, beacons, piles, nautical limits and navigational hazards. For thousands of years, charts have stood the test of time and are no less relevant in the modern world.

Check out the extensive range of charts we have on offer. All charts are fully corrected weekly and up to date with the latest Notices to Mariners so you can purchase with confidence.

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Navigation Using the Night Sky

Navigation Using the Night Sky

It is thought that the Vikings were able to navigate their way around the globe discovering Iceland, Greenland and America by using the stars, possibly the oldest use of astronomy. The Vikings then used polarisation and the mineral sunstone to navigate in completely overcast skies. By the end of the 13th century, nautical charts were being drawn and the skies were no longer the only means of navigation. In the modern world, we have the compass and GPS technology but if these ever fail you, there’s always the night sky for leading the way just as the Vikings did thousands of years ago.

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Updating your Nautical Charts

Updating your Nautical Charts

I propose to construct a new chart for navigating, on which I shall delineate all the sea and lands of the Ocean in their proper positions under their bearings…

Christopher Columbus, Explorer, 1451 – 1506

Nothing stays the same; certainly not the oceans of the world. Every change on the water needs to be reflected on its nautical chart. These charts are navigational tools vital for all watercraft providing concise information about ocean depths and coastal features plus information about lights, beacons, piles, nautical limits and all navigational hazards.

Every map supplied by The Chart & Map Shop is fully corrected on the day you buy it but how do you keep it up to date as the day you bought it?

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International Maritime Signal Flags

International Maritime Signal Flags

Ships that pass in the night,

and speak each other in passing,

only a signal shown,

and a distant voice in the darkness,

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet, 1807-1882

 

International marine signal flags are used by ships to spell out short messages, used individually or as part of a combination for a special meaning. For ceremonial and festive occasions ships can be dressed in marine signal flags with the flags strung from the rigging either end to end or bow to stern.

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