Originally Posted by rebel heart
So like, he should go find a community of navigators, and ask them questions?
What people posting
these "take a course" remarks mean is that the OP is currently trying to master CN by following a method. This method is much like a trick that can be repeated, without really knowing what exactly you are doing and why you're doing these steps.
Everybody here knows that I can't live without the idea of people knowing things that I don't know but want to know... if that makes sense. Anyway, when I did my CN course I was 16 years old and it was part of the winter program of the sailing club my family
of. I drove the instructor into bringing a globe and using strings show the class the circles on the globe of where you can be for a sight etc. If you get to the calculated position and geographic position and put those on the globe, you understand exactly what is meant with closer or further and which way the correction needs to go. It is this insight that is needed for me to accept theories and which is pointed at by the posters that make the remarks like explained above.
The question is what do you get when you go and take a CN class. I have heard stories where the instructor could hardly handle the DR part of it
, so that wouldn't be very helpful for a sailor who is trying to get into CN later on.
Deckofficer hinted at how he draws everything out when he instructs his pupils so that would be the good way to get it. The instructor that I had in my class got wiser himself during our instruction
and I saw him bring the globe to every later class too, so it obviously helps a lot to visualize it all.