Chart Smart

January 16 – February 13, 2012 (5 Classes)
Prequisites: Seamanship
Member Cost: $35 (Covers the cost of materials)
Non-Member Cost: $35

Chart Smart is specifically designed with the recreational boater in mind, and is open to both members and the public. It is an extended seminar for all boaters who are interested in more information on compasses, charts, and plotting courses.  Topics covered will include:

  • Mariner’s Compass
  • Conventional Nautical Charts
  • Plotting a Course
  • Distance, Speed, Time
  • Determining Position
  • Digital Charts and GPS Waypoint Navigation

The purpose of Chart Smart is to teach the techniques to determine position-on-the-water when you are within the sight of, or the near proximity of, land.  Thus, recreational boaters who spend time on large lakes, rivers, and reservoirs will benefit from knowing these essential techniques. This seminar is designed to give the student an introduction to the subject known as “Piloting.” Hands-on experience will be achieved in reading nautical charts and plotting courses, both central to determining position-on-the-water and navigating safely. Calculating a dead reckoning position depends upon straight forward distance vs speed-&-time calculations and being able to convert true courses to compass courses, and vice versus.

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