Below you will find a list of the contents and topics that are covered in the Coastal navigation..it's Easy! program.
INTRODUCING COASTAL NAVIGATION
What’s it all about? - Learn how to finding your way around the program
WHERE ARE WE?
Learn about Coordinates, Latitude and Longitude, Meridians, Lights, Finding/Plotting positions. Try some exercises and plot your own positions. See how easy it really is!
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
This section explains The Compass, Variation (Earth's magnetism), Deviation (Vessel's magnetism), Compass Error, ‘Swinging the Compass’, The Pelorus Compass
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Get to this point and now you are really navigating. Plotting positions/courses, Tools of the Trade, Time Speed and Distance, The ‘DR’ position, The ‘Observed’ position (The fix).
THE FINER POINTS
All of the extra activities in this chapter will really make you the 'Navigator'. Relative Bearings, Transit bearings, the ‘Running Fix’, the ‘Four-point’ bearing, ‘Double the angle on the Bow’, the ‘Extreme Range’ fix.
IS THERE ENOUGH WATER?
The wind and tide paly an important part of navigation. Learn about Set and Drift, the Tides, Tidal Streams, Finding the Depth, Can we anchor overnight?
WHERE’S THE TIDE TAKING US?
The ‘Estimated’ position, more on Set & Drift, Plotting courses to counter Set & Drift.
WHAT’S THAT IN THE WATER?
Buoyage, the ‘Cardinal’ system, Lateral marks, Isolated marks,Special marks, Safe Water marks, the I.A.L.A buoyage system.
THE ‘SEXY’ BIT!
The Sextant in coastal navigation, How the Sextant works, Horizontal Angles, Distance Off by Elevation, the Station Pointer.
A Cruise around the area - problem is, we left out all the courses, bearings, set & drift etc., You’ll need to fill them in!
Electronics in navigation, Radar, GPS, Radio etc. Plus a collection of hints and tips garnered from a lifetime at sea!
ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS!
All the answers to the exercises are provided. How did you go?