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Old 03-07-2010, 19:21   #1
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Hi everybody, we just bought a H28 and need to learn a lot in the next years to come. Most importantly I feel is navigation. I have a chartplotter and a hand held Garmin 60 as backup but I do not like to depend on those. I bought a little booklet on coastal navigation but it doesn't tell me much.
What is the best way to learn good navigation skills?
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:29   #2
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The U.S. Coast Guard teaches basic and advanced navigation to the public for a nominal fee. It would be a long commute to class for you, but surely there must be similar arrangements in Australia?

The USCG course text is online at E-LIB - Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation if you are looking for something to read. Good luck.
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I found my local library had a fair range of navigation books. Don't know if you have access to your library but worth a try.
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Hi,

Bowditch's Practical American Navigator would give you all you need in means of theory.
It is the Bible of Navigators..

One of the sources you can find it : Bowditch Online


Apart these writen sources: always the same: PRACTICE. Watch the landmarks during coastal cruising, plot them on paper charts, have a bearing compass in your pocket all the time so that you get the habit to work with angles.
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Buy a GPS, switch it on, and give it a go. If you need, read the instruction book, but I never knew anyone who had to do that yet... Welcome aboard!
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Old 22-07-2010, 19:04   #6
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Buy a GPS, switch it on, and give it a go. If you need, read the instruction book, but I never knew anyone who had to do that yet... Welcome aboard!
funny I was thinking along those lines. Reading navigation books feels a bit like doing a course in accounting :-) ( sorry to the accountants here)
My better half asked what about a plan B? I thought plan B would be another GPS powered by batteries and handheld. I know how to use a compass and have maps. We should be ok.
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go take one of the asa sailing courses or the asa nav class - they are excellent and you will get the idea - i did my learning in the mountains of idaho and it was an easy transition but when i went to charter the first time they wanted me to take the asa nav course which i did and at the 1st break the instructor apologized that he made me take it and asked that i tutor a real slow learner
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learn it well as you never know when you will need it - we got with lightening in bahamas and only had gps for position and had paper charts to get back - hit our intended destination in miami right on in 7' seas - (God does see sailors back home)

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There's three main kinds of 'navigation'....ded reckoning (deduced), celestial, and GPS....

GPS requires little to no brains.

Ded is pretty simple, if you can remember T=SxD (time equals speed times distance). Not much in the way of tools, and most all of it is self-learnable from books (Bowditch, Duttons, a few other good books).

Celestial requires skill and tools. You can try to teach yourself, and might succeed. It's a LOT easier with a teacher.
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It doesn't hurt to eventually learn all three methods.
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