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Old 01-08-2011, 10:06   #1
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ASA 105 Required Material

I will be seeking the Coastal Navigation Standard soon, through self study, and am working to get the required material. I have been to a few websites, to include ASA, and have found that there is not a basic standard of the materials used. If there is, then it's muddy to me. The ASA website has a few different navigation books/tools available.

Will the Weems and Plath Nav kit (ASA Store the Tom Tursi Coastal Navigation Manual and kit (Coastal Navigation Manual, Solutions Workbook & DVD) be enough?

I have found a couple of schools who offer a complete kit, but it seems there is a handsome convenience charge, or other material that may not be needed, associated with them.

I am experienced up to the 104 standard and am familiar with how to read, plot and extract a compass course. I am also familiar with reading Tide and Current tables.

To any of you who have completed this class, what are your recommendations?

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Re: ASA 105 Required Material

I too want to have this information since I want to take this course as well as the ASA 107 during the winter. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: ASA 105 Required Material

Part of the test is multiple choice. Quite a few questions are on chart symbols, so get yourself a Chart 1, and learn it.

Apart from that, I used dividers, a parallel rule, calculator, and pencil.
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Re: ASA 105 Required Material

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, jam13dfa.

Check out:
Coastal Navigation Standard (ASA 105)

Coastal Navigation & Piloting - ASA 105

Instructor’s Guide

See also: Capt. Dan's Coastal Navigator Training Guide for SCI3 and ASA 105
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Re: ASA 105 Required Material

No Offense to Mr. Tursi but I much prefer the Mike Pyzel Book. I have both.

Mark's suggestion of obtaining Chart # 1 is a good one. See if you can obtain one of their training charts. They were using Block Island Sound...and Long island sound charts.

You can use whatever tools you are comfortable with, Dividers, Triangles, etc..a # 2 pencil is too fat.

FWIW, this 105 was more difficult imo than the coast guard nav. exams.

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Re: ASA 105 Required Material

I took the ASA 105 home study course with the MD school of sailing. We used tom tursi's materials and I found them to be very good - as i understand it, the ASA's standard is based on his stuff (I might be wrong but I seem to remember that)

A very useful thing is a book called How to Read a Nautical Chart. It is basically an annotated version of Chart 1 and will serve as a Chart 1 for boats required to have that on board. I learned a lot from it.

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