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70_Katama posted 05-16-2001 04:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for 70_Katama   Send Email to 70_Katama  
Is anyone aware of any good interactive web sites that teach basic navigation/charting?

Thanks

stagalv posted 05-16-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
www.seatow.com has a good rules of the road section but I am not sure about plotting etc.. try it.
NWflyfisher posted 05-16-2001 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
The first two are free, the 3rd costs $70.

http://home.att.net/~agligani/navigation/navigate.html

http://www.sailingissues.com/navcourse0.html

http://www.boatsafe.com/navigation/

70_Katama posted 05-16-2001 07:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
Thanks pal
Dick posted 05-16-2001 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Pick up a copy of "Chapman Piloting Seamanship and Small Boat Handling". It was our text book when I took the CG Aux course.
Just looked at the price on mine $13.95, but that was in 1979.
Great book.

Dick

triblet posted 05-16-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Chapman (the book) is very good. It's 29.99
at West Marine, $36 at Amazon, $45 list.
West frequently has it on sale. The new
63rd edition is out in the last year or so.

The Chapman CD is only OK. Don't be
impressed that it has the text of the book.
It doesn't have the pictures, so a lot of
the text isn't terribly helpful. It does
have some interactively learning stuff.

The USCGA and the USPS teach classroom courses
in navigation.

Books every boat owner should have:

West Marine Catalog
Chapman Piloting
The factory service manual for their motor
West System: Fiberglass Boat Repair and Maintenance

Chuck

Dick posted 05-16-2001 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Just checked the edition on my Chapmans #54, guess it's about time to get a new one.
I agree with Chuck as far as the two most important books are Chapman's and a motor manual. I don't see any need for the West book unless you are into major repairs. The West system, as good as it is , is not widely used by the do-it yourself boater for small projects.
Dick
jimh posted 05-17-2001 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I recommend taking a U.S. Power Squadron course. A U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary course is also good.

The Power Squadron offers a "public" boating course for a nominal fee. They usually extend an offer of membership to anyone who completes the course. Once a member, you can take a series of additional courses in navigation. I believe the sequence is still:

--Piloting
--Advanced Piloting
--Jr. Navigator
--Navigator

It will take about three years to get through these. The final class, Navigator, is quite comprehensive, including celestial sighting, sight reductions, planning of long voyages, navigation at sea, weather, etc.

You will find the material is extremely well presented. The first two classes cover everything you'd ever want to know about deduced recogning. The last two cover everything about celestial navigation.

The Power Squadron is also an excellent fraternal organization. I highly recommend it.

--jimh
("Navigator " rating in USPS)

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