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Old 25-04-2010, 17:40   #1
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Need to Learn Charting

Hey everyone, Like the title of the tread says. I need to learn charting/navigation. I'm planning a singlehanded trip after graduation and as of right now have no knowledge of charting or gps use.

I was hoping some of you could recommend me some books or resources to get me set on the right path.
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Old 25-04-2010, 17:58   #2
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Here is a good start (at least for me). Amazon.com: How to Read a Nautical Chart : A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts (0639785802174): Nigel Calder: Books
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Old 25-04-2010, 18:24   #3
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Depends on how well you can teach yourself. I did the ASA homestudy route myself. Was fairly cheap and had book etc.
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Annapolis Book of Seamanship. See here: Amazon.com: The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, 3rd Edition Revised (9780684854205): John Rousmaniere, Mark Smith: Books
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Thank you for not calling them maps. NOAA has some online information ..

Learn About Nautical Charts
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Read all the books and guides on charting and then take the ASA Navigation course or another reputable Marine Navigation course with a live instructor. Hands on with an experienced teacher will translate all those "book learned" techniques to actual experience. Navigation is not magical or mystical, just methodical. Learn the procedures in the correct order and then you will be able to plot and plan your cruise.
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