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Old 05-06-2013, 11:43   #16
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Re: Best Place To Get Sea Charts?

I love you! A calculator as in basic functions or one of those expensive other deals?
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Well based on what you are asking, I am concerned about your understanding of charts which is the most basic skill needed to even leave the dock, much less sail around the world.

Can you read and completely understand a nautical chart? Do you know what the purple, exclamation point shaped marks mean? If you see this next to the purple mark "FL (2) 30s 163ft 26M" do you know what that means?

Not trying to bust your chops here, just a little concerned about your plans.
No I have no freaking clue [yet], I am going to read up and pre-plot before I go. But this navigation thing is the last step.

This has been a long journey, the first steps have been getting a damn boat! Then fixing it. Then learning to sail. And NOW.....

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Old 05-06-2013, 12:00   #18
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No I have no freaking clue [yet], I am going to read up and pre-plot before I go. But this navigation thing is the last step.

This has been a long journey, the first steps have been getting a damn boat! Then fixing it. Then learning to sail. And NOW.....

These are what are called the characteristics of a light. In this case the Charleston SC Lighthouse.

FL - flashing
(2) - two times
30s - every thirty seconds
163ft - the lighthouse is 163 feet high
26M - the light is visible up to 26 miles

other abbreviations might be Q for quick flashing, R or G for red or green lights and more.

I hope you plan to spend a good bit of time studying and practicing before you take off across the Pacific.
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I love you! A calculator as in basic functions or one of those expensive other deals?


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Old 05-06-2013, 12:28   #20
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1) Hal Roth's How to Sail Around the World gives good basic advice on charts.
2) Doing the great loop a time or two is useful to learn the ins and outs of sailing.
3) The US Power Squadron United States Power Squadrons® Safe boating fun thru education does courses on all things boats as does the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
4) Blue Water books in Ft Lauderdale is a good shop to pick people brains, but be aware that it is a store to sell you things.
5) For just learning about charts: How to Read A Nautical Chart- Course presentation.ppt
6) Charts you can check out and learn from for free are on NOAA's website, but you are still required to have "real" charts on your boat.
7) That being said NOAA's Bookletcharts are downloadable pdfs, free and useful: BookletChart but you are still supposed to have "other" charts
8) An alternative to paper charts is a computer, but I would have at least one backup computer, maybe 2. You also need to plan for crisis situation when you don't have power for a laptop.
9) All private vendors use NOAA data to create charts that you buy.
10) Please buy a couple EPIRBs.
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Re: Best Place To Get Sea Charts?

You guys are awesome.

Once I have this navigation thing down, what would you assume would be the best time to take off across the pacific?!! Some people say July, others December?
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You guys are awesome.

Once I have this navigation thing down, what would you assume would be the best time to take off across the pacific?!! Some people say July, others December?
Cornell's World Passages (any edition) is a great resource for planning timing of any passage. Most US West coast to the SP passages are done in Feb to May.
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You guys are awesome.

Once I have this navigation thing down, what would you assume would be the best time to take off across the pacific?!! Some people say July, others December?
I would highly recommend you get in a bit of practice sailing closer to home before taking off across the Pacific.
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Are you aware that South Pacific just began its Winter season? Mauritz
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Re: Best Place To Get Sea Charts?

Wait, yes, oh PLEASE chime in!

Best Time To Make A Pacific Crossing??
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Re: Best Place To Get Sea Charts?

Here's a link to a free download of U.S. Chart No. 1: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper and Electronic Navigational Charts. It'll help you figure out what all the arcane symbols and abbreviations on the navigational charts mean.
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Re: Best Place To Get Sea Charts?

Here is a FREE site that contains a treasure chest of valuable info.

First, to your question about " sea charts" I suspect you mean "pilot charts". Even if not you should be familiar with them before departing. And since they are FREE you have no excuse and can use your money for something not free.

Such as Nigel Calders most wonderful book How to Read a Nautical Chart

Imray nautical books and nautical charts from Imray, Admiralty charts and pilots for sailing navigation from Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson Ltd www.imray.com

You seem determined. I suspect warnings fall on deaf ears. Admirable, and stupid, but still admirable. I guess the best we can do is to educate you in the best way possible.

Good luck.
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I am learning navigating before I am going. And practicing. Thank you all, very much.

Will keep posted!
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Ocean Grafix produces very high quality paper charts right from government supplied data. The charts are printed when you order them and include corrections right up until the day you order them. There are dealers who will order them for you all over the country. Some dealers have the cpability to print the chart in house.
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