100% agree that you learn Coastal Piloting, and maybe a back up hand held GPS
Paper chart or charts of the area that you are sailing. Hand bearing compass to take bearings to plot fixes, running fixes, estimated positions. You can also lay out a D.R. track line using time speed, distance and direction.
1. Paper Charts
2. Ships Compass
3. Hand Bearing Compass
7, Ships knot
9. Book to log your position,
Learn to properly note all of the info very easily on your chart as well.
If you are not skilled in Coastal Piloting, Coastal Naivigation, take and complete, and gain knowledge by taking a quality navigation class. Should last a full weekend, or three or four nights .
Also, we recommend an inexpensive hand held GPS
Or if a GPS is installed, that is good as well.
But, with all of the electronic easy to button push electronics
, the boating
and sailing community are lacking in knowledge of navigation.
I had one fellow. M.D. specialist. Very smart and a neat human being. Nice home in an expensive area with a dock
/slip . Bought a Carver motor
vessel. Probably mid to high 40's LOA
. It was new, and had all of the GPS, auto pilot, magic boxes.
He new zip about boats, and wanted me to train him. We would be coming into Huntington harbor, and instead of looking at where he was going, he was glued to the moving map of the GPS. I told him look at where he was going, traffic, the rock jetty, and the large mooring
cans for the U.S. Navy
warships and the warships themselves who load missiles and munitions from the Naval Weapons Station.
I told him he also needed a Coastal Piloting course and since I had been professionally teaching navigation as well as sailing and motor
a sea courses, we could give him a private lesson at his home. Will take both days of a weekend.
NOPE, HE HAD ALL OF HIS ELECTRONICS
, DID NOT NEED ANY MORE.
A year later I run into him and he tells me his story.
He was motoring back from Catalina Island
, and had plugged in the lat and lon of his dock
, and coupled the autopilot
. he was down below , with his friends having a grand ol time . After a couple hours, he happens to look out the window.
AHEAD ARE BREAKERS, WAVES SMASHING UP ONTO THE BEACH. HE NEARLY RAN THAT POWER BOAT
UP ON TO THE SHORE .
He thought the bloody GPS would take him to the channel entrance, make the turns and take him to his slip.
That is the mentality of today .
TAKE A COASTAL PILOTING AND NAVIGATION CLASS.....there is one heck of a lot to learn far and above plotting courses and positions.
Stay smart, stay safe... that means you, the boat and the passengers.