The world isn't a place full of only positive comments....so hang on folks.
Well, you lost
the bet. But there's a happy end to this story.
Took the course. Disappointed.
For example- 60DST was mentioned but not one...not one clear example was given of how to use it. It was assumed you knew how to use it. As a result most of the students had no idea how to calculate the answer given 2 of the known factors. The expression "Sixty Dee Street" answers nothing when it comes to solving the problem.
It was mostly a power-point presentation with the teacher reading the screen
The teacher had never even heard of OpenCPN
The book, "weekend navigator" is ok for what it is. But, much of the stuff toward the end of the book could've been summarized on one page.
Every class day took 1-1/2 hours to travel 25 miles to the Aux station (no, I was not riding a bike to it) because of horrible traffic.
Then, there was "locked down" nature of getting into the building, giving up your drivers license
, signing in. Felt like a prison.
Here's the good part- met a sailor who recommended a yacht club that had/has very agreeable prices. In the final analysis it was his club recommendation that decided everything. We joined the club, bought our boat and are very, very happy with both.
Would I recommend the course, "weekend navigator"? For my purposes- no. Get "The Weekend Navigator" book off of Amazon, read it, study a chart at length, ask questions on a great forum like this one, plot some experimental courses and you might do well.
This post will probably start a fire storm of angry "listen here you- I've been boating
since Noah and even I learned a lot" comments.
I'm stating my experience.