Just a foreword before I go into detail. I'm writing a short story and I'm looking for solid advice to help make the story plausible. If I've posted this in the wrong forum, my apologies. If you want me to remove it, that's fine.
One of the turning points in the story is the protagonist has to get from the east coast
of the US to the UK by boat but the protagonist, like me, has no navigation
experience nor does he know how to captain/pilot/drive/sail? a boat. It's important to point out that in the story there is a young Naval Engineer
with him. This character has basic experience and will have any experience a Naval Engineer
would have. I've no idea how much this would be though. For the purposes of the story I would imagine it'd be enough to explain to an amateur how to navigate a ship that distance. I do recognise it'd be extremely dangerous but that's something I hope would help the story rather than hinder it.
The Request - Part 1
I'm looking for to advice on a commercial
or US Naval boat in which which a man with basic instruction could get from the East coast
of the US to the UK
The Request - Part 2 - The return of the request
I'm looking for advice on a simple bit of modern equipment
that would be installed on a boat that would allow for a beginner to navigate the boat successfully. It's 2014 so something tells me this exists but, I admit I'm pretty much entirely ignorant in this area.
As I said, I'm pretty much entirely ignorant in this area. However if you could be patient with me and/or have a crack at answering these questions, that'd be really useful.
Here is the story so far. If interested.
Working title: Decline to a beginning