Originally Posted by tony9
I'm in a similar situation. While I have GPS in my cell phone and marine GPS and a marine navigation app on the phone, I'm still interested in learning traditional navigation skills. I haven't found course yet but have found a wealth of info on the Internet and in books. It seems coastal navigation would be the place to start
There are so many people that are in this boat, push a button, follow a cross track heading & hopefully end up where you want to be.
Chapmans is an excellent resource. It is a good stepping stone so that when you take a basic coastal navigation course you get it right out the gate. If you're good with a compass & topo map, charts are a piece of cake. Same principals, just need to wrap your head around tides & currents.
I think in todays world, very few people can actually plot out a DR route.
IMHO, until this task can be mastered, you shouldn't be using a GPS.
Have a great weekend everyone!